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It's pure formula, but thanks to its breezy pace and a pair of charming performances from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day offers some agreeably middle-of-the-road summer action.
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Cruise's curious meta-thriller wears thin long before Knight-fall
It's not bad DVD entertainment, but as a big summer movie, it's a bit of a washout.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz! Tom and Cam! Cruise and Diaz! Together again!
Directed at a breakneck pace and with a spry script, it ratchets up the stakes as its stars leap from stunt to outrageous stunt. After a few years without a hit, Cruise seems back in control.
James Mangold counts Stanley Donen's Charade and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest among his inspirations for Knight and Day and I'm still wondering why.
Jumpy, unmotivated, and senseless.
Knight and Day plays out as a standard action flick; lots of guns, explosions, gadgets and stunts. Unfortunately, a number of fairly lazy/borderline cynical narrative tactics are used to progress the plot.
Even if you like this kind of thing, you still have to be in the right mood for it. If you don't like this kind of thing, you don't need me to tell you to stay far, far away.
You don't have to be an industry expert to see that the biggest problem with Knight and Day is that the filmmakers quit working before they'd turned a good premise into a good movie.
Knight and Day is fun enough-something like a toothless Bourne Identity, in which a federal superagent (Cruise) is pursued through the streets of fancy olde Europe for a crime he only sort of committed.
Knight & Day was not the triumphant return for which Cruise was hoping.
Knight and Day is a bit too long (one too many plot twists that made you just not care by the end) but it's fun though predictable thrill ride.
When the movie started, I thought it might have been unjustly panned - there were some flashes that suggested it was a spoof - but as it went on, it closed in on and eventually captured boring, Romantic Spy Comedy territory, retaining the cartoony bits but expecting us to take them at face value. I got the sense that somewhere along the way, the vision was compromised, and that maybe it was during test screenings, once the movie was already shot, meaning that the more marketable plot had to be pieced together from footage that didn't necessarily belong in that order, or in the film at all. It's wild speculation on my part, but I'm not sure how else to explain the way this one went off the rails - it was entertaining for a short while, maybe a half an hour, but then it suddenly seemed to not know what kind of film it wanted to be, and the result was something to which I was indifferent, in the end.
An ordinary suburban woman unwittingly becomes the sidekick to a heavily armed covert operative on the run from his own agency and an international arms dealer when she bumps into him at an airport terminal. Knight & Day is EXACTLY what you'd expect from a film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. It's a cynical attempt to be a rom-com version of The Bourne Identity in a desperate attempt to lure as many undemanding cinema-goers into the theatres as possible; romance for the girls and action for the boys with big names duly attached. It goes through the motions of the same stunts, car chases, shoot outs and comic mishaps we've all seen a million times before and is basically the kind of thing Mel Gibson used to be so good at before he became a fat, ageing bigot. Unfortunately Cruise just doesn't have the comedic chops to pull it off, being more Jerry Maguire than James Bond and there is next to no chemistry between he and the jabbering, squealing Diaz. It's probably great fun to Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz fans (basically the kind of cinema goers who see the movies as an excuse to put their brains in neutral for two hours) but anyone with discerning taste will see it for what it is; a joyless, mechanical and desperately formulaic slice of pointless Hollywood pap.
Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise give some pretty good performances in Knight & Day which elevates this formulaic summer action-comedy considerably. It's got a good pace, good chemistry, a somewhat implausible and predictable story (but hey, it's summer fun, so what does that matter?), and some good cinematography. Paul Dano also gives a really nice performance as Simon Feck. I found it to be great fun, charming and occasionally funny, and I found the ending quite touching and suitable (and funny). Others may find it cheesy....
Cruise just doesnt fit the place in this disastrous puzzle im afraid.
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