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Reviews for June 23rd, 2010


Knight & Day

Directed by James Mangold.



June Havens (Cameron Diaz) comes aboard a mostly empty airplane where she meets and gets drunk with Roy Miller (Tom Cruise). Little does she know that he might be a rogue CIA agent on his own mission to retrieve a long-lasting, powerful battery called a Zephyr. When everyone including the pilots tries to kill him, he kills them all and lands the plane right in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere. Roy drugs June and soon the two of them end up in a car chase through the streets of Boston. She desperately wants to get away from Roy and even attempts to get help from her ex-boyfriend, Rodney (Marc Blucas), but Roy shows up nonetheless. She and Roy go on an action-filled adventure that takes them to a remote tropical Island, to Brooklyn and even to the Alps while Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard), an FBI agent, hunts them down. Paul Dano plays the scientist who invented the Zephyr, the filmís MacGuffin, and gets caught up in the adventure when Roy comes looking for him. The screenplay by Patrick OíNeill jumps from one action sequence to another while chucking reason and plausibility right out the window. If you do find yourself following the plot, youíll realize the plot has more holes than Swiss cheese. A classic action comedy, i.e. Romancing the Stone or Lethal Weapon, ought to have chemistry between the leads, internal plot logic, thrilling action sequences and laughter-inducing, witty dialogue. Knight and Day offers only thrilling action sequences, though, and so many of them that the excitement wanes right after the 3,408th tedious scene of gunfire where all the bullets magically miss June and Roy. Cruise and Diaz donít have enough chemistry together and their one-liners are often cheap, corny and silly rather than amusing. Moreover, the character of Roy comes across as annoying more often than not. Director James Mangold at least keeps the pace moving briskly and includes scenes set in a variety of picturesque locations that provide some eye candy. At a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes, Knight and Day is slick and action-packed, but so brainless, thrill-less, unfunny and tedious that youíll yearn for any of the 80's and 90's classic action comedies.
Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Released by Twentieth Century Fox
Opens nationwide.





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