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Knight and Day (2010)


Too many reminders of Vanilla Sky.

Perpetually unlucky in love, June (Cameron Diaz) becomes intrigued by a mysterious man (Tom Cruise), who unexpectedly drags her into a whirlwind adventure involving devious enemies, life-threatening confrontations and a major discovery that may alter the future of humankind.

Already by seeing this plot, you know just exactly how it’s going to begin, continue, and then finally end. But usually, it doesn’t matter if it’s formula. It’s all about the ride itself.

Director James Mangold knows what he’s doing when it comes to creating some fun action. Mangold keeps the pace moving at a breezy movement with just enough hits of whimsy and action to keep anybody satisfied. The action sequences may go on too long, however, I still liked a lot of them and they actually made up for a lot of the weak parts of the story.

There are also some beautiful exotic locations here that Mangold takes us to such as Spain, Germany, and Austria. The story may go all-over-the-place but with a lot of these great spots that the film goes towards, you really can’t help yourself but gaze at the beautiful scenery itself.

For me, I didn’t think this film was really that funny and that it tried way too hard to get laughs out of the person watching. The film tries to be goofy and a romp on all those old spy-flick thrillers, but none of it really works since it just seems like they will take 5 minutes to actually get a joke out. Maybe I chuckled once or twice, but other than that, I was just annoyed by how annoying this film could be with it’s comedy, or lack thereof.

Although the action was good, I couldn’t help but be terribly annoyed by the fact that the CGI here was pretty blatant. I wish that a lot more of the action was just actual stunts and if they were going to use actual special effects, that they would look a lot better rather than just a bunch of crappy effects they used off of a DELL computer. You’ll be able to tell the special effects from the actual action happening here, but it’s a lot more of an annoyance than you would expect.

Tom Cruise is an actor that seems like at the beginning of every film he does, I’m going to be terribly annoyed by his character and I almost never am. His performance here as Roy Miller is pretty fun to watch because he’s got that cool charm, that mannish look, and that mysterious thing about him that just has you wondering what he’s going to do next. Cameron Diaz does that smile and laugh gig that she’s been doing forever, but it’s not so bad here and she’s pretty charming as well as June Havens. Their chemistry works as I would come to expect from these two pros and may actually get the film through some of it’s more rocky parts. The rest of the cast is good too such as Viola Davis, Peter Sarsgaard, the sexy Maggie Grace, and the always dorky Paul Dano.

Consensus: The comedy doesn’t work as well as the CGI, but the chemistry between Cruise and Diaz, the beautiful locations that are shown, and the fun action action make this an OK, action date movie.

5.5/10=Rental!!

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8 responses to “Knight and Day (2010)

  1. Dan July 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

    A fun film but not one I’ll be returning to very soon. I did like the whole plane sequence but the film peaked too early.

  2. Ipodman July 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I like this movie more than you… but I definitely agree that the CGI is horrible! :/

  3. Duke July 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I remember seeing this around this time last year, fun but mindless.

  4. hfurnish August 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I recently saw this movie on HBO and actually enjoyed it. It’s one of those “I wouldn’t watch it again until flipping channels with friends, but I don’t regret the two hours I spent the first time.” It’s fun. I agree on the comedy not working, but that’s probably because I’m not a big fan of Diaz. Cruise, I am a fan of, and thought he was pretty awesome.

    It’s weird with the CGI complaints because Cruise actually does pretty much every stunt himself, which means you get awesome, real Cruise in front of an awesome but gooey looking green screened background. Good action sequences, though. It’s was just enjoyable during the time I watched it, but only because I watched it on TV for free.

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