Director: James Mangold
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez, Paul Dano, Maggie Grace, Marc Blucas
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: PG (Action Violence)
Official Website: http://www.knightanddaymovie.com/
Opening Day: 24 June 2010
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in the action-comedy KNIGHT AND DAY. During their glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure, nothing and no one – even the now fugitive couple – are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.
And here we have our next serving of 2010’s
summer blockbuster platter.
Truth be told, we weren’t very impressed
with the title of this James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the
Line) directed movie. What’s up with the unoriginal
word pun? The poster showcasing two silhouettes of superstars
Tom Cruise (Valkyrie, Tropic Thunder) and Cameron Diaz (The
Box, My Sister’s Keeper)? Frankly, we’ve seen
better. The 110 minute thriller contains lots of action. Oh,
it’s a comedy too. But since it’s the summer blockbuster
season, and audiences are not required to be intellectual
(in all senses of the word), we guess these markeing efforts
were necessary. But what’s with the unexciting theatrical
trailer which gives away, well, almost everything for the
movie? The “been there done that” feeling didn’t
bode well for the popcorn flick, especially with disposable
movies like Andy Tennant’s The Bounty Hunter and Robert
Luketic’s The Killers before this.
The script has the girl getting entangled
a strange guy who is a secret agent. He has some kind of dark
secrets that invite all kind of trouble, incvolving lots of
guns, arms and explosives. As the unlikely duo tries to stay
alive by travelling to different countries around the world,
they realise they need each other to survive this adventure.
Not very creative, we’d say.
It was with this perception that we stepped
into the preview theatre, expecting a two hour yawn fest.
Fortunately for everyone involved in the
production, it turned out to be more enjoyable than expected.
One huge contributing factor is the main stars’ charm.
Cruise and Diaz were mega stars (to some, they are still mega
stars), and this movie clearly shows why old school star power
still works. Things were going really well for the good looking
Cruise until his recent sofa hopping antics on Oprah Winfrey’s
talk show. But in this movie, he effortlessly exudes the leading
man appeal, running from continent to continent, looking extremely
suave and dashing. He shows off his chiseled body every now
and then by appearing topless. Girls, get ready to swoon.
And Diaz complements this charisma with her ditzy persona.
She may not be your typical damsel in distress, but the holds
her own ground with that cuteness we last saw in McG’s
Charlie Angels movies. The blue eyed blonde will leave an
impression with viewers with her likeable performance in this
movie. This results in a fun chemistry that has the two characters
bantering with each other throughout the movie’s runtime.
Cruise is 48, and stands at 1.70 metres.
Diaz is 38, and stands at 1.75 metres. But this is showbiz
after all, so you won’t be noticing the age and ahem,
the height difference as the pair wheezes through different
picturesque locations in the movie.
So we have two personalities anchoring this
movie. They are supported by capable actors like Peter Sarsgaard
(An Education, Orphan), Viola Davis (Law Abiding Citizen,
Doubt) and Paul Dano (Taking Woodstock, There Will Be Blood).
One can’t help but feel that these acclaimed actors
are underused in this loud and noisy flick. Expect car chases,
explosions, plane crashes, gun fights, hand combats and all
other obligatory mind numbing elements that make up a summer
Which also means, you shouldn’t be
too concerned about the formulaic plot. It brings you through
the predictable story developments, through a series of mildly
funny dialogues. The character caricatures are also nothing
to shout about. But we are guessing this isn’t of utmost
importance to the filmmakers, who just want to make a breezy
action comedy thriller to please the masses.
we are not complaining, because we have seen worse from other
run of the mill movies that put us to sleep. At least the
filmamkers managed to keep adrenaline rush going throughout
this enjoyable flick, so that you’d wish you were there
globe trotting with the good looking stars.
(Sit back, relax and enjoy a fun ride with
the good looking cast. And don’t forget the popcorn)
Review by John Li