TOM CRUISE   CAMERON DIAZ   PETER SARSGAARD   VIOLA DAVIS

KNIGHT & DAY


   Hollywood’s biggest running joke, also known as Tom Cruise turned down numerous films and scripts (including Salt which Angelina Jolie picked up) to instead do this petty summer action thriller. Cruise teams up with fellow washed up actress Cameron Diaz for the second time. Their first film together, Vanilla Sky, wasn’t that interesting, so watching them together once again is simply boring. Knight & Day is directed by James Mangold who typically turns out very good films like Girl, Interrupted and Walk the Line. This lazy action movie is a huge misstep for him and further evidence that everyone is uninterested in watching a train wreck like Cruise on screen.

   June (Diaz) is on her way to Kansas for her little sister’s wedding. She manages to catch an early flight out of Boston, but the plane is nearly empty and sitting beside her is a man she has already bumped into twice before boarding. Roy (Cruise) has a smirk and something up his sleeve. Before long Roy is landing the place, shooting people, crashing cars all while insisting June trust and follow him. She keeps waking up in a different location and in different clothes, but strangely attracted to this former special agent who is trying to protect a battery that could be used for destruction.

   The plot to this movie is ridiculous, a renegade super agent, landing on speeding cars while his heart rate never skips a beat. Tom Cruise is desperately trying to be like Bond, or at least some action star audiences admire, but his big fat teeth and devious smile make him impossible to endure. Cruise has an arrogance that cannot be hidden or even misplaced for a film, it’s who he is. Diaz has tried so hard to remain the blond bombshell that got her into the business twenty years ago, but the crows feet that plague her eyes make her look ridiculous in this type of role. All I see while watching Knight & Day are two sad, desperate actors trying to relive their popular days, it’s really quite sad. Both actors need to play characters that represent their own age.

  This is the type of film without two huge, typically bankable stars, wouldn’t have been made. The special effects are very subpar and lacking even compared to Cruise’s Mission Impossible films. I am also disappointed in Sarsgaard and Davis who are both known for their association with good films, neither are represented well in this film, nor do they do anything to make it better. I found the action sequences very unimpressive mostly because the entire movie is laced with a sarcastic, hyper reality, suggesting nothing is that serious. Of course Cruise’s character won’t stop talking, ever, so the only thing to root for is a bullet to Roy’s face.

  Final Thought – Together Diaz and Cruise are two of the most annoying couples on screen this year.


Grade D-

By: Dustin Chase W.

Editor: Jennifer Gih