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Knight and Day: starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz
Knight and Day directed by James Mangold, released in 2010, is an action packed comedy adventure film that transports its viewers into the intriguing espionage world. This film had my husband and I glued to the screen plus on the edge of our seats throughout its entire 1 hour and 49 minutes. My husband and I enjoyed Knight and Day 's engaging plot that explains how an American Bostonian mechanic ends up embroiled way over her head in an espionage type of situation, yet is able to hold herself together (barely) during "do or die" undercover circumstances instigated by an American secret agent.
The exceptionally executed plot was not the only noteworthy aspect of this movie. The spectacular visual effects were first-rate. The travel and chase scenes were fun with a dash of danger. Just enough suspense to keep the viewer wanting to know what was going to happen next. I kept thinking, "Are they going to make it?" I caught myself holding my breath during a few scenes; especially when the bad guys attempted to murder them.
Cameron Diaz as June Havens, the Bostonian mechanic, and Tom Cruise as alleged FBI Agent Roy Miller were exceptional in their roles. As usual their superior performance reminds why they are invited to the televised annual Academy Awards Ceremony as Stars. Paul Dano was perfectly casted as the boy genius, Simon Feck, who created the Zephyr device. It was a delight to notice the entire cast displayed high quality expertise in their part's portrayal. There was no bad acting in any scene. As a whole, the entire cast interacted as a flawless team.
Primary cast included: Peter Sarsgaard (Agent "Fitz" Fitzgerald), Jordi Molla (Antonio, the ruthless organized crime-boss businessman who wanted to purchase the Zephyr), Viola Davis (CIA Director George), Falk Hentschel (Bernard), Marc Blucas (Rodney, Boston's heroic Fireman and ex-boyfriend to June Havens), Lennie Loftin (Braces), Maggie Grace (April Havens, June Havens’ sister), Rich Manley (Danny), Dale Dye (Frank Jenkins, Matthew Jenkins' father), Celia Weston (Molly Jenkins, Frank Jenkins' wife and mother to Matthew Jenkins), Gal Gadot (Naomi, worked for Antonio as contact for negotiating the purchase of the Zephyr), Jack A. O'Connell (Wilmer, the difficult to kill bad guy), Trevor Loomis (Eduardo, one of Antonio's henchmen), Nilaja Sun (Allison) and Tommy Nohilly (Randy the mechanic who worked in the same garage as June Havens).
Knight and Day does have a surprise ending (no spoiler here) with a must-see twist that is totally unsuitable for minors to view. It is classified as PG-13 due to adult subject material and intensity level of scenes. My personal opinion, as a parent and grandparent, is to wait until the minor is at least 14 years of age, and then make certain you, the parent, are the one watching Knight and Day with your teenager. Feel free to remind your teenager that this is a movie, pure fiction, and not something to "monkey see, monkey do."
Highly recommend Knight and Day for any at-home adult party for two or more. It will enhance the quality of the party as a fun something to watch and enjoy with others. This film goes great with hot dogs, popcorn and soda (the typical movie menu).
For those who are fans of Tom Cruise, this is one of his better films. Cameron Diaz fans place this movie on your "must see" list; definitely do not wish to miss this one. Like British or European Spy Movies, go ahead, take the chance, and watch it. This James Bond movie fan found Knight and Day to be as good, in some scene sequences superior.