Cruise crashes in nonsensical Knight and Day


Compared to secret agent Roy Miller, James Bond is a risk-averse, low-profile kind of guy.
In Knight and Day, Roy thinks nothing of leaping between fast-moving cars, diving off buildings, taking on dozens of bad guys at once or exchanging coy dialogue with his female co-star while ducking barrage after barrage of bullets. But then again, an audience will think nothing about this either because the stunt doubles and CG effects are all too obvious. With Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz as the stars, no harm will ever come to the heroes; their hair won’t even get mussed.
As an over-the-top Mission: Impossible episode featuring exotic locales and carefree banter, Knight no doubt will bring in crowds looking for nonstop action, especially with those stars. But the miscalculations are considerable, which might cause the movie to leave a lot of box office coin on the table when all is said and done. The Fox film opens Wednesday.
The primary miscalculation in the film, directed by James Mangold from a screenplay by Patrick O’Neill, comes with those two stars. In a film that makes no pretense at the plausibility of any of the action, its makers are counting heavily on audience involvement with Cruise and Diaz. But the film never gives them quiet moments together. The film’s one romantic line comes late in the game, when Diaz’s June Havens, feeling the effects of a truth serum, declares that she’d like to have sex with Roy.
Then there’s the action. When one begins their film with a plane crash featured in every TV spot one has nowhere to go but to up the ante with each successive sequence: a chase on freeways, a shootout in a factory, an airplane bombing a tiny island atoll and more chases through narrow European city streets. The film never establishes any rhythm to build to these sequences. Action simply follows action in a tiresome manner. —Reuters