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Movie Review - Knight and Day
After they played opposite each other in Vanilla Sky, Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise share the screen again in this 2010 film Knight and Day. Their chemistry is good, and they make a good-looking couple, but is that enough? The director was James Mangold, who also directed Walk the Line (a film about Johnny Cash). The genre isn’t drama this time though, Knight and Day is an action-packed romantic comedy.
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Cameron Diaz plays June Havens, who wants to fly back home to attend her sister's wedding. At the airport she bumps into Roy Miller, and then her whole life turns around. She goes to use the bathroom on the plane, but when she comes back out everyone on the flight is dead except Roy, and he lands/ crashes the plane. But then he drugs her and she wakes up in her own apartment the next morning. After that the FBI tries to kidnap her to find out where Roy is and if they are partners. So Roy comes back to rescue her and a series of pursuits, escapes and fire fights ensue. Roy used to be an FBI agent, but he went rogue when he found out another FBI agent wanted to steal some type of advanced technology and sell it to some bad people. So Roy takes it to prevent this sale, but of course the FBI makes it look like he is the bad guy, or is he? Will June be able to explain to her family she is not crazy. And is Roy the good guy, or the bad guy like the FBI tries to tell her. The film is a romantic comedy, but like any Tom Cruise film, it is also full of action.
I'm not a big fan of this film. Tom Cruise seems to be just an arrogant special agent, capable of anything. There is no debt to his character, and he does not display any emotion throughout the film. Cameron Diaz is usually quite good in comedies, but Cruise does not give her anything to work with, and she just comes off as a very stupid blonde. The jokes are quite standard and predictable, and the whole movie is just ridiculous. Most of the scenes and moves are very predictable, and you know how this film will end within the first ten minutes of watching. Of course they do both look exceptionally good, even throughout all the fights and the chasing and all the action, their hair and her make-up is still perfect. The action scenes are fun to watch though, and they slightly save this film. Knight and Day is good for an evening of stupid no-brainer movies, but do not expect anything deep or meaningful.