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Knight And Day (2010)

A 2010 action-comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

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3 stars: "Knight and Day" is one of the first great film of the summer....

  • Jun 30, 2010

In this day and age,  in this era of films  spy movies  are literally a dime a dozen. They are one of the action genres most common uses for  an action/ adventure  picture  and have spawned many franchises, T.V. series, video games. You name it the spy genre has left there mark somewhere to make sure that you never forget them   the spy game has had a very successful run in the films. Although never quite commanding the respect they deserve from moviegoers who are now a days more interested in seeing dull overdrawn teen romances than good spy thrillers with smart ideas and compelling stories but that is just the way things go theses days. James Mangold's  romantic  action/comedy  "Knight & Day" is the perfect example of a spy movie that has all the right ideas the right set ups  and a story good enough to make me want to actually sit through  the whole thing without checking my watch every ten minutes or so  asking myself when it will be over. "Knight and Day" is the first great film of the summer.




James Mangold's "Knight and Day" is one of those films that flew under my radar until almost two months before its initial release, which for a film with such a high-class director and stars I expected to hear more about this film. Instead I only heard that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were working together again after almost 9 years. There last collaboration being Cameron Crowe's bizarre hit "Vanilla Sky"(2001)   truthfully that is the main reason went to see this movie. If there were anyone else in the lead roles, I would not have bothered with and gone to see something else instead now I am glad I did not decided to skip this one after all. "Knight and Day" is a pure  formula film right down to its story  and plot  even most  of its dialogue  is formula  the most formulaic parts are concerning Cameron Diaz when she is being briefed about Roy Miller(Tom Cruise)  and how he is dangerous and crazy and a traitor, moviegoers have all heard  it before. The  only thing that saves this film from being nothing more than just a run of the mill rehash of other better spy movies   is the breezy pace, snappy dialogue  and a pair of winning performances from Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise  help bring this film out of its familiar territory saving it from a dark and dreary failure.




James Mangold is know for making high quality films  most notably being "Walk the Line"(2005), "Cop Land"(1997)," Identity"(2003), "3:10  to Yuma"(2007). "Knight and Day" may not be one of Mangold best it certainly is better than his other  comedy type film "Kate and Leopold"(2001) which wasn't bad but than again it was not quite that good either it is somewhere in between  "Knight  and Day" is far above "Kate and Leopold" but it is less imaginative than that film. What I found most impressive about this film and I think moviegoers will as well is the skill and design of this film it uses the clichés of its simple formula and story to turn what would have been a routine action/adventure/ spy thriller. Into an exceedingly enjoyable film far more enjoyable than could be imagined too enjoyable for its own, good "Knight and Day" works.



Tom Cruise is one of my favorite actors as a child one of his films that stood out is "Mission: Impossible"(1996) it is the first Tom Cruise movie I ever saw. It is also the movie that changed the way I viewed action films (but I am not going to go into that) and cemented me as a long-term fan of Cruise. In James Mangold’s “Knight and Day" Cruise takes an extremely different approach to his acting, he actually tries to give comedy a shot and he pulls it off swimmingly. Cruise is serious but here is he is laughing at himself more than being serious I like that, I like the way he is laughing at himself the whole time and even though you do not hear him,   you know he is laughing. And that is what makes this film so good and what makes Cruise such an asset to it  the film is laughing at itself and so are the leads they are in on the joke and know that this is not serious this is all just good fun. Cruise, Diaz know this they know what they are doing is not serious its a joke and what makes the performances and this film so good is that they are letting us in on the joke. Cameron Diaz is the one who steals the show, her performance is one of the most skilled, and most likable in the film next to Cruise, what makes Diaz performance so good is that she usually has a smile on her face   she is always giving the audience her million-dollar smile throughout most of the film. This is a constant reminder that she is loving this and having a good time. I like that, I respect that, and that is the reasons why this film is so good and why "Knight and Day" is necessary see. The rest of the cast including: Peter Sarsgaard, Marc Blucas, Oliver Martinez, Paul Dano and  Viola Davis  give great supporting performances in a film that may not be wholly original but delivers fine middle of the summer entertainment.  





What I wanted form this film  I did not get completely  I wanted to get Cruise and Diaz laughing it up and cracking jokes like it is going out of  style but instead I got rudimentary action, cliché plot twist. After hearing all this you start asking yourself this question: is this film wroth seeing? Most definitely, I wish there would have been more to it than just action and a pair of good-looking leads falling for each other, running around trying to find a very valuable object it just all seemed too... Familiar and that is okay I like familiar and while "Knight and Day” may not work for everyone this film delivers on what it promises, great summer action.   

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July 01, 2010
Good review, well-written and concise. I guess what also bothered me about the film is that it became too cartoonish and you know I did hate that style that when June passes out, the viewer also misses the action. I did like the fact that Cruise did his stunts with the aid of wirework and Diaz is always pleasing to the eyes. :) Thanks for the review!
July 01, 2010
I featured this by the way....
July 01, 2010
Thank you very much.
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“Summer Escapist Entertainment” is the exact description for “KNIGHT AND DAY”. The film has loads of potential going for it with two big name stars that promises great chemistry, beautiful scenery, an atmosphere of adventure and voluptuous romance; executed with lots of explosions and stylized action. Well, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz can always deliver entertaining dynamics to a motion picture, but the problem is, the direction and screenplay just cannot deliver on all the …
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As I expected Knight and Day really fails on almost every level as it attempts to be a romantic-comedy, an action-comedy, and a sexy espionage story. Part of the problem is that the story is so banal and absurd that you can't ever take it seriously, but it's also so dull and unoriginal that it fails to be funny. Neither Tom Cruise (who again plays a dominant male action hero with an over abundance of confidence) nor Cameron Diaz (who again plays a ditzy loud-mouthed woman in the wrong place …
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I have been a Tom Cruise fan for quite some time now and I could not wait until this movie came out in DVD, because I was worried about what the critics were saying about this movie. That is why I waited to see it until now, sometimes you should not listen to those critics. This was an amazing action movie with a lot of special effects, adventure, comedy and a thriller all mixed together. This did not last long at the theaters, but that is their bad luck and my good luck, because now I can add this …
review by . July 13, 2010
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Quick answer: sort of.      Knight and Day is that type of film that tries to be a lot of things, and in this case it's an action-comedy-romance and in the end the result is a little watered-down. In fact, director James Mangold opted to use a "drugged first person perspective" technique to short-cut the action sequences and get the story going. This is quite disappointing as the film had an enjoyable opening action sequence.      This star vehicle …
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
Just watched this movie for the first time, and I'm pretty impressed. I'm a Tom Cruise fan, plus a fan of the action/adventure genre, so this movie was a must see. Good plot, good acting, and basically an all around cool movie.
review by . July 13, 2010
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Let me get this out of the way up front: I'm a Tom Cruise fan. Always have been. Sure, there's been some stinkers over the years playing Nazis, fighting aliens and the debacle w/ Kubrick (Eyes Stay Shut?)--but for the most part I've enjoyed his films because you typically get an entertaining flick featuring a Tom Cruisey-character. And lock, stock and barrel-- that's exactly what's delivered in Knight & Day.      Roy (Cruise) is a dashing, boyish covert …
review by . August 30, 2010
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I'll freely admit I enjoyed Knight and Day - in which master criminal-cum-cop-cum-spy Tom Cruise embarks on an intercontinental gallivant, having (literally) stumbled into winsome, dippy and adorable Cameron Diaz - even if I don't really understand why. As I reflected on the film over the weekend it occurred to me that, critically speaking, I'd had my pocket picked. But at least I had been swindled as masterfully and outrageously as any of the many conspiracies in the movie. Before I realised what …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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review by . July 10, 2010
Knight and Day is the perfect movie for all those guys who have sat through a chick flick they didn't wanna and all those ladies who have sat through an action movie that they didn't care for. The movie combines the best of both worlds.    Tom Cruise might have all kinds of issues these days but none of them show in this movie, he combines the best of his younger action days with some sly comedy that constantly works.    Cameron Diaz plays the the 30 something …
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
It is unoriginal, uninspired and at sometimes rather cliche but "Knight and Day" is the kind of movie that summer is made for and proves to deliver on what it promises. Great escapism.
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Knight and Day, (formerly titled Wichita and Trouble Man) is a 2010 action comedy film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The film, directed by James Mangold, is Cruise and Diaz's second on-screen collaboration following the 2001 film Vanilla Sky.

The film went through a period of "development hell"; which included a prior film director and multiple writers that worked on the script. Producers for Knight and Day went through multiple other actors for the lead roles before eventually settling on Cruise and Diaz. Adam Sandler, Chris Tucker, and Gerard Butler were considered by the film's producers for the male lead that later went to Cruise, and Eva Mendes was initially set for the role that Diaz later portrayed in the movie. The film's investors offset funding costs by paying Cruise a lower advance fee and neglecting to provide him with a share of the revenue until the financiers earn back their initial investment in the production. Filming took place in several locations, mainly in several cities located in Massachusetts, while other scenes were filmed in Spain and parts of Austria.

Knight and Day was released in the United States on June 23, 2010. The film received mixed reviews from film critics; it garnered a "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based upon aggregated reviews, and a rating of "mixed or average reviews" at Metacritic. Knight and Day performed poorly at the box office in its debut, proceeded to fall nine percent in...
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Director: James Mangold
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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