Movie Review: Knight and Day (2010)

Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz is probably the most hyped-up movie of this year as previews started to build-up interest as early as last year. Is there a big payoff after the huge build up of interest?

Quick answer: sort of.

Knight and Day is that type of film that tries to be a lot of things, and in this case it's an action-comedy-romance (Sounds like Killers? You betcha.) and in the end the result is a little watered-down. In fact, director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) opted to use a "drugged first person perspective" technique to short-cut the action sequences and get the story going. This is quite disappointing as the film had an enjoyable opening action sequence.

This star vehicle is kept afloat by Tom Cruise as he channels his past Mission:Impossible character Ethan Hunt and keeps the action exciting as they go in nicely-shot locations world-wide. My beef though is that his character could have been more of a satire of the super spy to put a jolt in the humor department, a very weak area of the film. Cameron Diaz could have helped, but her character was too busy making sense of her situation.

Knight and Day is an ├╝ber-hyped tepid romance-comedy film that will disappoint some but will make fans of globe-trotting spy films happy.

Rating: 2.5/5