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Knight and Day

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Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language.

Genre: Comedy/Action/Romance

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis

Director: James Mangold

Plot: A fugitive couple (Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) wages a war between truth and trust while speeding across the globe in an attempt to avoid capture by a determined federal agent (Peter Sarsgaard). Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez, Maggie Grace, and Marc Blucas co-star.

Running time: 1:44

Kate says – 3 stars ” Knight and Day gives us a good dose of breezy summer action movie fun. I’ll just tell you right up front, that the plot is ridiculous, but I’ll also tell you that it doesn’t really matter. The reason the whole movie works is that it seems everyone involved in the movie, including the actors and director, also realize the absurdity of it all, embrace that fact, and take us along for the ride…we’re all one big happy summer action romance movie loving family. Cruise reminds us why we loved him from way back in the day, before he went a little nutso. He plays a crazy Roy Miller with a deadpan tongue-in-cheek delivery and devil-may-care attitude, all topped of with a twinkle in his eye that will make you wonder if he really is crazy. Cruise and Diaz make a gorgeous, sparkly smiled couple with believable on-screen chemistry. This movie is fast-paced ridiculous fun, full of witty banter, beautiful locales, pretty people and the return of the charismatic star quality of Cruise.”

Ebert says – 3 stars “The wonder is that Cruise and Diaz are effective enough in their roles that they’re not overwhelmed by all the commotion surrounding them. They make the movie work because they cheerfully project that they know it’s utter nonsense and pitch in to enjoy the fun. The plot makes splendid use of a MacGuffin, the device which explains everything by explaining nothing. Roy Miller, the Cruise character, has something, and there are bad guys who want it. I could tell you what it is, but what difference does it make? That’s the whole point of a MacGuffin.” (read full review)

Kenneth Turan (LA Times) says – 4 (of 5 stars) “If you doubt Cruise’s skills in the star department, “Knight and Day” should make you a believer. It’s hardly a perfect film, not even close, but it is the most entertaining made-for-adults studio movie of the summer, and one of the reasons it works at all is the great skill and commitment Cruise brings to the starring role. “Knight and Day” is inevitably light on plausibility but, with Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis and Paul Dano joining Cruise, it is strong in the acting department. Cruise’s charming facility with Miller’s deadpan spy-side manner is this film’s secret weapon.” (read full review)

Lou Lumenick (NY Post) says – 1 1/2 stars “Knight and Day,” though, is one of those movies that requires you to accept that every single time a character is presented with a choice, he or she will make the worst and most inexplicable one. This would possibly be more forgivable if the stars were given actual characters to play, rather than being forced to coast on screen personas (he’s cocky, she’s ditzy) that seem increasingly dated for Cruise, who will turn 48 next month, and Diaz, who will be 38 the following month. It would also help if they were given some dialogue that was actually funny.” (read full review)

Kurt Loder (MTV) says –  Anyone who’s ever been trapped on a plane flight from Hell — squashed by sprawling seatmates, battered by passing backpacks, besieged by squalling brats — will appreciate the elegant simplicity of Tom Cruise’s solution to similar problems: He kills everybody. Literally. But then they were trying to kill him. Even the pilots. Which is why they’re dead, too.”Knight and Day” isn’t the sort of rote action exercise that will leave you missing the money you paid to see it. Cruise and Diaz bring it a big-star charge, and there are some smart comic performances tucked in around the edges of the action.” (read full review)

Eric Snider (Snide Remarks) says – “B” “The thing about Tom Cruise is that even though he’s kind of a nutjob in real life, put him in a movie that plays to his strengths and he’ll dazzle you the way he did 20 years ago. “Knight and Day” is a reminder that he still has his movie-star appeal, and maybe even more so than we realized. For while his career has mostly focused on action-hero and dramatic roles, here he handles comedy and secret-agent stuff with equal agility. June’s character is quite a bit less well written, though performed cheerfully — and non-gratingly — by Diaz. June talks to herself an awful lot, usually for the audience’s benefit (a sign of lazy writing), and flits randomly from one state of mind to another. One minute she’s panicking over the panic-worthy circumstances surrounding her; the next she’s taking it all in stride, as if to the manner born. One minute she thinks Roy is awful for basically kidnapping her; the next minute — and I mean literally one minute later — she’s melting in his arms, poised for a make-out session. So it’s more comedy than action, which is fine, because the comedy is zesty and not overly quirky, and mostly pretty funny. More of this, Mr. Cruise! More of this.” (read full review)

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