Sunday, January 23, 2011

KNIGHT AND DAY

Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano




June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is going home to attend her sister's wedding. At the airport she literally bumps into a man whose life is more exciting and a lot more dangerous than your average guy. Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) turns out to be a secret agent who is being pursued both by the good (the FBI) and the bad guys. So poor June finds herself tangled in a web of deceit, betrayal and everything else that will surely ruin her ahem dull existence.

This second pairing of Cruise and Diaz (the first was in "Vanilla Sky") is action packed and fast paced. It has car chases. The characters perform dangerous stunts. Exotic locales like Spain, Jamaica and Austria provide the scenic background. You have some funny banter between the mismatched characters. And there is surely some chemistry between Cruise and Diaz. Well if you can get over the fact that Cameron Diaz is always screaming and flailing her arms in her attempt to play a damsel in distress. I found that quite irritating.

For some reason, I've always found Cameron Diaz's 'brand' of acting mediocre as she seems to strive on portraying characters who aren't too bright and dare I say quite dumb. But I like to add that I was impressed by her 'wit' when I saw her being interviewed by Oprah. She does have a good head on her shoulders in real life so I figure she should count for something. Too bad, she likes to portray "silly" characters. Heh!

So "Knight and Day" had its moments (great locations, well choreographed action sequences) as well as its flaws (unbelievable plot) but it was fairly entertaining while it lasted.

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