“Knight and Day” Movie Review


     Those in the mood for mindless, escapist fun with two of Hollywood's most famous A listers will be happy when they view Knight and Day, an action extravaganza starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  Directed by James Mangold, the film follows a super spy (Cruise) as he attempts to keep a secret battery away from crooked agents who work for the same agency he does.  Soon after the film begins, he bumps into Cameron Diaz's character at the airport and from there, the two are linked throughout the film.

     If your the type who can't help but to point out the implausible aspects of a film, then you may want to stay away from this one because nothing really ever makes sense.  I wondered where the characters kept getting new sets of clothing throughout the film or how they got to where they were going. Both characters continually make the wrong decisions, which of course get them into deeper trouble as the film goes on.  These bad decisions are necessary though because how else can a film's characters trigger an action scene.  Both Cruise and Diaz deliver constant corny and over the top dialogue, which means nothing in this film can be taken seriously.  It is as if they only speak in order to set up the next action set piece.  Oh yes, there is a lot of action!

     James Mangold's previous credits, which include "Walk the Line", don't necessarily lend a great deal of experience to the vast array of explosions, martial arts, and bullets flying, yet the sequences come together nicely.  I don't know which was my favorite (so many to consider), but the last sequence involving a motorcycle chase through the streets of Spain was pretty impressive.  The main issue with these sequences was the failure to seamlessly blend live action with CGI.  Because Cruise and Diaz have to deliver dialogue while in peril, there are a lot of closeups of them, which were obviously shot in front of a green screen and the back drop added later.  There are too many of these types of shots and it makes it too easy to decipher the real from the fake. I take it Mangold doesn't subscribe to the Paul Greengrass school of action film making.  The film could've used a more rapid fire style of editing.

     Tom Cruise is believable in a film like this, owing that distinction to his Mission Impossible roles.  At the conclusion of the film, I was asking myself, why not just make Mission Impossible 4?  I mean, would you rather see Tom Cruise playing Roy Miller or Ethan Hunt?  Cameron Diaz, on the other hand, spends the entire film bumbling around acting like a stupid blonde.  There really is nothing serious about these two at any juncture in the film.  But maybe that's the point.  As I've said before, this is one of those films that is tough to take your eyes off of.  There is so much that is good to look at and you cant help but to be entertained.  So, with all it's flaws, you have an average summer action entry starring two well known actors repeating both the positives and negatives of previous roles. GRADE: C+