Archive for July, 2010

Review: Knight and Day

I understand why people have grown tired of  Tom Cruise.  After all, his recent behavior has tilted more toward the batshit side of the movie star craziness scale.  But, I must confess that I like him, and, I am, in fact, rooting for him.  I am disappointed that his recent summer popcorn flick, Knight and Day, has fallen flat at the box office.  I found it to be perfectly entertaining and surprisingly exciting.

Cruise co-stars alongside Cameron Diaz as Roy Miller, a CIA operative who either has completely disengaged from reality and presents a danger to national security, or been framed by a crooked partner (Peter Saarsgard) and is the only trustworthy agent assigned to protect Simon Feck (Paul Dano), a whiz-kid scientist working for the Department of Defense.  Diaz plays June Havens, whose timing and luck pits her smack in the middle of Miller’s mission, and the two must go on the run to avoid capture.

Knight and Day is directed by James Mangold, whose previous films have largely been boring disappointments to me.  I was a little hesitant about his directing this movie, but he does a bang-up job of pacing and maintaining suspense.  Mangold stages every car chase and fight scene with more aplomb than the directors of Iron Man 2 and Prince of Persia did, and Cruise deserves credit for keeping the audience a little off balance.  His performance is just unhinged enough that the audience isn’t completely sure that Miller can be trusted.  The weak link of the film is Diaz, whose performance seems labored and unsure compared to Cruise’s comfort and ease.  If a more natural actress played opposite Cruise, perhaps Knight and Day would be a stronger box office contender.

As it is, though, I recommend this movie to anyone looking for some escapist fun this summer.

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July 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm 1 comment



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