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Knight and Day

August 5, 2010

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Director: James Mangold
Writers: Patrick O’Neill 
Producers: Cathy Konrad/Todd Garner/Steve Pink 
Starring: Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz/Peter Sarsgaard/Maggie Grace/Paul Dano
Year: 2010
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 109 minutes

At first glance, Knight and Day seems like yet another predictable action-cross-romantic comedy with two of Hollywood’s biggest names…well, it is but there’s more to it than meets the eye. The story doesn’t really have any meaning to it or have any importance of some kind but it does the job of entertaining you and killing some time. So Knight and Day is about June, played by Diaz, whose life unexpectedly changes because of Roy, played by Cruise, who is being hunted down by the FBI because he’s been suspected of going rogue. Add gunfights, explosions and round-the world chases to the mix and you have the best action-cross-romantic comedy movie of the summer. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz return on screen for the second time together since Vanilla Sky in Knight and Day which is nothing more than an entertaining action popcorn flick that’s bound to make you smile even a little bit. Tom Cruise returns in top action form as rogue spy Roy and Cameron Diaz makes for some great entertaining viewing as June. The pair make a great and believable duo and the chemistry between Cruise and Diaz is what really makes this movie stand out from the other action-romcoms movies this year.

Knight and Day isn’t only funny but it also shows off some brilliant action scenes that will entertain and have you on the edge of your seat. While the movie doesn’t really have character development or a solid plot, it works quite well as Diaz and Cruise make the movie with their characters. The movie is quite silly in some areas such as the scenes when June constantly gets drugged and some of the lines the characters say but it adds a certain charm to the movie so it’s not a bad thing. The director, James Mangold who has directed movies such as 3:10 to Yuma, Walk The Line and Girl Interrupted, has done a great job in balancing the comedy with action and handles it superbly. The writing is good as it cleverly skips through the slow parts and starts before the action, which is done when Roy drugs June whenever she becomes a danger to herself. Also, the script can deliver some funny lines but there were times when it became a little tedious such as the FBI scenes. There are some laughs to be had in Knight and Day and it’s pretty much for both action movie fans and romantic comedy fans.

So Knight and Day is yet another action-cross-romantic movie Hollywood has offered lately, so let’s look at the competition. We’ve had The Bounty Hunter, which starred Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston and we’ve had Killers, which starred Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. The Bounty Hunter is instantly forgettable as soon as it ends and Killers is just terrible so Knight and Day is easily the best out of them all as it was actually funny. There’s a little something for everybody in this movie. Whether you like romance movies, action movies or comedy movies, you’ll like Knight and Day.

6/10

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