Knight and Day (2010)

Knight and Day Poster
Poster design by The Refinery (with thanks to IMP Awards)

Why is it that Hollywood always tends to do things in twos? No sooner had Killers (starring Ashton Kutcher) come out, we see a quick follow up with the new Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day.

Now I have to tell you that i’m not a fan of either actors, but decided to watch it anyways thinking it could be a decent action flick.

Actors/ Characters

The primary actors here are Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz who play Roy Miller and June Havens. It seems to be a recipe for success, put two good looking actors together in a movie and you should reap the benefits. Take note, how I said “should”.

Plot

The plot isn’t too dissimilar from Killers. Here, we have a spy (Roy Miller) who we’re not sure whose side he is on, we have a woman (June Havens) who gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets caught up in what the spy is doing, we have the romantic build up between Roy Miller and June Havens, and even the female characters from Knight and Day and Killers are similar, with Cameron Diaz and Katherine Heigl playing similar blonde bumbly kind of characters. There’s enough action in here as you would expect in a Tom Cruise film, but more so in the sense gunfights, and chase scenes.

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Knight and Day
Image courtesy of IGN Movies

There is also the subplot of Miller protecting his friend and genius inventor Simon Feck (Paul Dano), who has invented the Zephyr (a perpetual energy battery), and in the wrong hands this could be worth a lot, in terms of money and power.

Verdict

As I’ve already mentioned above, i’m not much of a fan of Cruise and Diaz. I felt Cruise was a bit too one-dimensional in this movie, and only kept popping up to save Diaz throughout the film. It’s not a film I would rush out to see again. Another thing is I couldn’t quite work out the “Day” part in the movie title. So maybe there’s someone out there who can enlighten me. Overall, I felt it needed more action, probably bigger bangs, bigger crashes etc

On the other hand, I might be a bit harsh on this movie, and it’s probably my dislike for this kind of genre film (i.e. spy films) that I dislike, and it’s quite unfortunate that Tom Cruise stars in these kinds of film that I dislike him.

On a final note, I can see that Cruise and Diaz will have an appeal to a lot of you people out there, so you should enjoy this movie.

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