Knight and Day
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgard, Viola Davis, and Paul Dano
Directed by James Mangold
Screenplay by Patrick O’Neill
Knight and Day evaporates from the mind like most summer action flicks once the end credits roll.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star as Miller, the reflex quick spy, and June, the tough but at times ditsy blonde – two roles they both can do in their sleep at this point. Miller and June are involved in a worldwide espionage plot that they find way over their heads, giving excuse for over the top car case sequences and fireball explosions that will come in the next 2 hours. With them filling script flaws with pseudo-action chemistry and the occasional information of character story and plot connection, action comedy has never looked this boring.
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Director James Mangold of Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma, tries to fuse together a supposedly original script from Patrick O’Neill as a classic boy-meets-girl story mixed with screwball humor and the similar plot action of North By Northwest and To Catch A Thief.
Almost every episodic action sequence will remind film junkies and older audiences of something out of a 50s Hitchcock movie, but filled with modern CGI and action steroids.
One particular action sequence that does work is the final car chase sequence in Spain, where Cruise on his signature motorcycle with Diaz rush through the streets of Seville during the running of the bulls. It has some wild fun with them being chased in the parade by bulls and some amazing car stunts that elevate the movie to something memorable for a few minutes.
The script by Patrick O’Neill could have at one point looked like a promising original homage, before names like Diaz and Cruise signed aboard. The movie might have worked, had it gone another route by casting more character driven performers like Sam Rockwell and Rosario Dawson, two physically capable and funny actors that could really punch up the dialogue, but here like before with Cruise and Diaz its the same old song and dance number.
With this, Knight and Day sets itself as another mindless action adventure in an ever lasting summer box office of sequels, prequels, remakes, and superhero movies.