Knight and Day (2010)

Knight and Day (2010)

2010 PG-13 109 Minutes

Action | Comedy | Romance

An action-comedy centered on a fugitive couple on a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one - even themselves - are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected...

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • Knight and Day is teeming with forgettable energy that will only last the day and night of you seeing this. Vanilla Sky 2? Hmm...maybe not. Charlie's Angel? Nope, not feeling that either. Mission Impossible 4.5? Getting warmer. Tom Cruise: Typical Action Movie 9? Much better! I mean what do you expect Cruise to be doing in an action blockbuster other than shooting enemies, riding a motorbike in the middle of Sevilla with Diaz on top of him, jumping off cars in rush hour and well...just being himself. Nothing new here. A secret agent is on the run from the CIA who are tasked with obtaining Zephyr, a modernised perpetual energy battery. An innocent woman boarding a flight gets caught up in the shenanigans...and so the mindless action commences. This is easily Mangold's weakest directorial effort. I appreciate the buoyancy of his style, the pace and narrative felt light as it speeds along a nearly two hour runtime. The action set pieces and sequences were executed cleanly, maintaining frantic chaos with subtle visual comedy that is accompanied by Powell's Parisian score. Cruise commits to the stunts and explosive action as always, which is the primary appeal for this films. His chemistry with Diaz is perfectly satisfactory as the two bounce off each other well. However, no film will convince me that Diaz is a good actress. Again, like her previous credits, she overacts every little emotion. Shocked? She'll start screaming flailing her arms around. Sad? She'll drop to the floor in a puddle of tears. Happy? She'll laugh for about an hour. I just can't warm to her, it's all so false. The plot is a typical formulaic secret agent story where the rapid pacing conceals its genericism. The A-list supporting cast were wasted and sidelined to solely focus on the main stars. And, to top it all, the usage of green screen was highly noticeable and detracts from the production's authenticity. Yet, I simply just cannot hate this film. Sometimes a lighthearted mindless blockbuster just does the trick to fill that empty gap in our minds. Knight and Day consistently does that for me.