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Friday, August 13, 2010

[6.75/10] Knight and Day (2010)


Knight and Day (2010)

In James Mangold's latest "Knight and Day", Cruise plays Roy Miller - a rogue secret agent who is trying to protect a perpetual energy source and its creator from the so-called bad guys. A chance encounter sees June Havens,played by Diaz, caught up in the situation and she finds herself being dragged along on an ultra-dangerous journey to ensure the safety of Miller's charge and ultimately get her life back to normal. With some captivating eye-candy scenery along the way - Sevilla, Spain; Salzburg, Austria; Point Mugu, California, and some impressive over-the-top stunt work, the script unwinds at a brisk pace as soon as Cruise and Diaz lock eyes on each other and never lets up the pace. The combination of a romantic comedy and an action flick is done with the correct dosage. It knows when to be funny, it knows when to be romantic, and it knows when to cut all that off and throw you into the action. However, what truly carries this film, is the undeniable charisma of the dual leads. Cruise and Diaz are two of the biggest names in Hollywood and they do share some nice chemistry together. Tom Cruise looks like he's having the time of his life playing such a crazy character. Diaz also has her share of critics, but she is perfectly cast - slightly quirky, yet utterly beguiling, and sexy in a feminine, vulnerable way. You want these two to succeed, not only in the many life and death situations they find themselves in, but also as a couple. The developing romance is predictable, but fun to watch. Paul Dano and Peter Skarsgard are well-cast, but are never really given anytime to do anything more than spout a few lines before the camera is turned back to the headlining duo of the film. "Knight and Day" has this 'comic book' feel to it, with all the the preposterous situations and the hundreds of bullets that didn't find their mark - completely ridiculous, yet hilariously enjoyable. Overall, "Knight and Day" is gripping and quite funny, and it has some very well-made and nicely-choreographed action sequences, cracking car chases and a twisting and turning plot that, although not overtly testing, does keep it fresh throughout.

  • My Rating: 6.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 53% (5.6/10)
  • IMDb: 6.7/10

2 comments:

Fred [The Wolf] said...

I enjoyed this one as well. Not the greatest action film ever made, but Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were definitely game for this one. Sucks that it didn't do that well. It should have done better. Great review.

Nebular said...

I thought it consistently entertaining and very fun to watch. Although I've never been a fan of Tom Cruise, I kinda liked him in this one. And Diaz is a charmer. NO doubt about it!;) Thanks, Fred. Glad you enjoyed my review;)

P.S. Dude, your blog looks really cool! Do you mind if I put your banner on my side column? :)