Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Knight and Day (2010)
June Havens finds her everyday life tangled with that of a secret agent who has realized he isn't supposed to survive his latest mission. As their campaign to stay alive stretches across the globe, they soon learn that all they can count on is each other.
How come Tom Cruise isn't catching any bullets? How come the govt. in this movie seems to be composed of the worst marksmen ever? How come all these action movie cliches are extra annoying in this movie? These, among others, are the questions I asked myself while watching Knight and Day. I say skip it. It's not really funny or full of great action (unless you like the nonsense stuff). The score really sucks. It's about 20 minutes too long and, in a nutshell, this is just Tom Cruise's way of saying, "Hey everyone! Remember me? I can still do action-y flicks!" Box office numbers don't lie people. This is a flop.
Just so you know this going in, this is NOT an action/comedy the way it is being billed and advertised in the trailers. I went in expecting to see someting completely different. As it turns out this is a ROMANTIC COMEDY, with an emphasis on the romance and not so much on the comedy (a few minor points) and very few and far between on the action. The story itself is slow, repetative and very predictable. That said, it is not completely unenjoyable. Just far from what the editing leads you to believe. Diaz almost overplays the ditzy blonde and the way the story goes cant seem to decide between being helpless or a tom-boy. Cruise almost seems to be consciously downplaying the action as it if were a spoof, very disappointing having seen him excell at the same in Mission Impossible, Collatteral, etc. Dano probably gives the best performance in here playing a quirky genius who doesnt even get much screen time.