Knight and Day Review

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 26th, 2010 at 4:44 pm,

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Screen Rant’s Vic Holtreman reviews Knight and Day

Well we’re in popcorn movie season and Knight and Day aspires to do no more than fit that bill. In it we have the return of Tom Cruise to the role of movie action hero for the first time since Mission Impossible III, and as a sidekick we’re given Cameron Diaz (whose last film other than playing the voice of Fiona in the Shrek films was awful movie The Box).

Cruise plays Roy Miller, a fellow with “skills” – and we don’t really know if he’s a good guy, a bad guy, or a good guy posing as a bad guy. We’re introduced to him (all cool and suave) at the airport, and as a counterpoint we are then shown Diaz’ character June Havens, who seems to be oh-so-average with a bit of klutzy thrown in. He bumps into her seemingly by mistake, they exchange pleasantries and part ways only to bump into each other again before boarding a plane.

There’s some spy-stuff stuff afoot with Miller being watched by some guys who seem to be government agents. It seems that June wasn’t going to be able to get on the full flight, but the agents assume something is up between her and Roy and that it’s not happenstance that they bumped into each other twice. Last minute she gets on the plane and Roy is not too happy about it.

Turns out the plane is almost empty, apparently it was booked up by the government except for a few passengers. As an aside, in light of this it seems extremely odd that she would be able to book a ticket on that flight in the first place. Anyway, some light conversation develops between June and Roy, and as charming as he is she soon warms up to him. She heads off to the bathroom to freshen up and while she’s gone major mayhem ensues between Roy and the other men on the plane. When she returns, she throws herself at him in a fit of impulsiveness and it takes her a while to figure out just what exactly happened while she was in the bathroom.

Well Cruise is his usual charming (yes, I realize I keep using that word) and confident self and keeps her calm in what would be a very unnerving situation. Upon landing he warns her that some people from the government might come looking for her and if they do that she is NOT to trust them. NEVER get in a vehicle with them, he says, and the more they tell you that they’re taking you to a secure location where you’ll be safe, the more you can be certain that they’re going to kill you.

They get separated and of course the men in dark suits and black vehicles show up and ask her to get in the car. This is on a busy city street. Does she try to run? No. Does she cry out to passers-by for help? No. Does she quietly get into the car? Yes. Is she an idiot? Yes indeedy.

Eventually he’s got to rescue her, apparently because he has a heart of gold and she was brought into this situation by mistake. They ended up joined at the hip (so to speak) and go from one adventure/chase scene to the next as Roy tries to stay ahead of those who are on his tail.

There are car chases, motor cycle chases, gun battles, hand to hand fighting, exotic locales, etc. All the requisite items you’d hope to see in a summer blockbuster. Tom Cruise is, for me, usually fun to watch on screen and he is so here. This is the sort of role he plays so well: Cocky, devil-may-care and supremely able to handle any situation that comes his way. He’s what we want an action hero to be, and it’s great seeing him in this sort of role once again.

On the other hand we have Cameron Diaz… from the first few minutes that she’s on screen I found myself thinking “I really, really wish they had cast someone else in her role.” As in other films in which she’s appeared, she just seems shallow and one-dimensional. There doesn’t seem to be a millimeter of depth to her character, and to make things worse her character is completely annoying. I get what they were trying to convey – the “fish out of water” that ends up being funny through her reactions to what is happening around her. Unfortunately she was just annoying instead – picture Kate Capshaw’s supremely annoying character from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Indy 2) and you’ll be on the right track. Overall her presence in the film was enough to seriously detract from my enjoyment of it, even just on the level of a popcorn action flick.

Director James Mangold keeps the action going, almost sensing that he’d better not allow the audience to get bored or to spend too much time getting deep into the characters. Considering I didn’t want to spend much time with one of them, I had no problem with his work.

If Cameron Diaz doesn’t bother you and you’re a fan of Tom Cruise as action hero, then you’ll probably enjoy Knight and Day. If you’re looking for an action movie with a little meat on its bones or aren’t a fan of either actor, give it a pass or save it for a rental.

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If you want to talk about the film in depth without worrying about spoiling for folks who haven’t seen it, head over to our Knight and Day spoilers discussion.

Here’s a trailer for Knight and Day:

Our Rating:

2.5 out of 5
(Fairly Good)

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  1. Thanks for your kind review SR but I HATE Dr. Teeth with a passion that I usually reserve for pedophiles and rapists and will never see this film..I find Diaz to be annoying as well..

    • “Dr Teeth”! :-)

  2. I gave this a fairly higher score than you did Vic. I went in knowing what to expect as I am not a Tom Cruise fan. I thought Cameron cute with on-time acting. The various “pots of calls” were a bit distracting although I’m a world traveler so it was nice to see places I’ve been.

    Go into to this mindless and void of all disgust for TC and you might actually survive the ride.

  3. Lol Greenkight333.

    Go Twilight!!!

    I’m bettin this makes under 30 mil this weekend!
    Should sink MI-4.

  4. 790,
    I dont predict box office but the only possible effect this films failure might have on MI:IV is Cruises character might have a very hot young stud as partner to boost ticket sales.
    Wasnt there an artice here at SR that suggested that as a possibilty?
    I agree that MIGHT happen.
    There is also a possibilty they will combine the profits from their sneak previews of Knight and Day the week before to pad the films grosses .
    Did it have Midnight screenings?
    They might throw that in too, if there were any .

  5. I think you are being a bit generous with 2.5 Vic… Just saw this with my girlfriend, pretty dumb movie, not even entertaining in a dumb way, just dumb… All of the funniest scenes were in the commercial, and even then, put into context they were not really that funny…

    • This is the information I was looking for. I can do “stupid” movies. However when your load is shot just on the commercials I feel cheated.

      How was the “action” in your opinion? Looked like a lot CGI.

      • Not only CGI, but a lot of BAD CGI…

        The action was pretty lackluster too, very fake looking and not that exciting, and half of the time they cut corners to where you don’t actually see how it is resolved, it just skips to you seeing that they got out of it… Very annoying…

        • Thanks Ken,

          Looks like a Netflix but only if it is free on demand. :D

  6. What do you mean Gary they’ll team Cruise up with a young guy instead of a female in the next MI film? Lol!

    That would make Tom happy I’m sure.

    • LOL

  7. I think the prevous article referred to Ethan Hunt training a protege.

  8. Cameron Diaz’s stunt double looks just like Cameron Diaz. I’ve seen her in person its freaky.

    • More than one Cameron Diaz out there? Sounds good to me!

  9. Oh my gosh! I can’t believe the movie was that bad. sigh :-(

  10. Sorry, but the only way you could get me to watch any movie starring this offensive jackass would be to make a good case for this thing being the Citizen Kane of action movies.

  11. When I heard about the film, that two actors I generally like were in in it (“As in other films in which she’s appeared, she just seems shallow and one-dimensional” Vic writes…my eyes roll, thinking last year’s My Sister’s Keeper didn’t count any more than Being John Malchovich, A Life Less Ordinary or even that other pic with Tom, Vanilla Sky…) but also it was directed by James Mangold, who has had an impressive body of work. His previous picture was the outstanding remake of 3:10 To Yuma, and both Walk The Line and Identity had be glued for different reasons. I look at stuff like Girl Interrupted or Copland…this guy can get great performances out of his actors.

    So I had high hopes for this film.
    I was going to see it. I actually made plans. In the past week before the film’s release, some of the press junkets and promotions by the talent raised a red flag with me. Why would they do a lot of improvising (“going Dogma” I think was the phrase being tossed around, as was ‘sampling different flavors of film’ and ‘Hitchcock references’)? I’m still not sure what the story is about. All I still see is the funny bits with the car chases and gunfights, and Tom’s grin.

    I never learn. The production was troubled even before Mangold came aboard; the script had an army of cooks in one small kitchen. Eva Mendez was once attatched to the Diaz role.

    The reviews are coming in mixed; the film had a weak opening. Folks are wondering if Tom Cruise’s star is fading nd Diaz should consider more indies where she blossomed.

    I still might see the film; but now it’s a big might. It’s not high priority for me anymore. I am being swayed.

    • Darren,

      Sorry, that’s how she comes across to me. I think you should go see it just so you can come back here and tell me I was right. :-P


  12. 2.5 is not that good

    • But I honestly thought it should be lower. 2 is the absolute highest I would give it. If I’m in a bad mood it’ll be 1.5 lol.

  13. Excellant director his other films have been excellant Diaz is hit or miss with me for every being JM there is a The Box.

    I hate Tom Cruise. Glad to see Vic confirm my suspicsions.

  14. Really disappointed in the review Vic. Not your review Vic, just that it wasn’t a very good movie I was looking forward to this movie. THanks for the heads up.

    • INK, thanks for clarifying that. :)


  15. One disaster will be avoided this weekend! Thanks Vic.

  16. You couldn’t pay me to see a movie with Tom Cruise. Hell, I’d even watch Grown Ups before I’d see a Tom Cruise movie.

  17. Whew! Thanks for the heads up, man…movies like this make me feel like Mel Gibson when his eyes get taped open in “Conspiracy Theory” (insert painful howls of regret here…)

  18. Nowhereman I love that movie Mel Gibson Patrick Stewart and Catcher in The Rye what’s not to love.

    There is a comment I want to make so bad about that movie but some people can’t take a joke lol. I’m sure if you thought long and about the title Conspiracy Theory and realize it’s me I’m sure you’ll know what the joke was. Ken might appretiate it.

  19. I enjoyed Knight & Day. As a man, I love love Tom Cruise. I love his smile, I love his charm. Even the world is coming to an end, with his smile Tom Cruise will ensure me that everything will be fine. This is the role well-suited for TC.

    Are you with me or without me??

    Behind VFX

  20. I think it’ll do alright at the BO – gotta consider international appeal as well.

  21. Good review, Vic, good review. Cameron Diaz annoys me in such a way, with her Joker-like, bigger than Julia Roberts smile and, of course, her bad acting. I was actually thinking about seeing this, but like you, Vic, I was disappointed with the casting of Diaz. I think I might wait till it’s on Encore or even TNT.
    Man, I was hoping for a better review. Damn Diaz!

  22. This one is bombing hard at the BO.

    Its looking like its on par to reach 19mil for the weekend. Grown Ups the Sandler home video is beating it.

  23. 790,
    Thats Nearly 27 million total for the 5 days.
    If you still believe that paramount is going to cancel MI:IV and dump Tom,
    I would be more then willing to bet you one hundred dollars that you are wrong.

  24. Kofi,I think it was Deadline Hollywood that said
    that it could make as much as 200 million international,Its tracking that way with its initial box office numbers overseas .

  25. Well see Gary. That’s a pretty bad take for 5 days. 3rd place for the weekend maybe 4th,,,

    How much was the budget on this? Anyone knw?

  26. According to deadline Hollywood,It originally cost $117 million
    But cause of tax breaks for filming in Massachusetts its more like $107 million.


  28. I enjoyed it. I would give it 3, even 3.5, out of 5. If we gauge these movies by box office take, then Transformers 2 is a mega-great film. I think most of us can say NOT. :-) Also remember that Kick-Ass didn’t make that much either.

    Some points I would like to address from Vic’s great review (even though I disagree a bit):

    I will say ******* SPOILER WARNING ******* just in case:

    He bumps into her seemingly by mistake

    Only to June it seemed to be. The audience can see that Roy chose her.

    As an aside, in light of this it seems extremely odd that she would be able to book a ticket on that flight in the first place

    The agents made sure she got on the plane because of her apparent involvement with Roy.

    “I really, really wish they had cast someone else in her role.”

    I have to agree with you here. Diaz was kind of misplaced here. The woman who was talking to him in Austria was far more attractive.

    • Transformers was phenomenal! Transformers 2, me no likie.

      I agree with you all on Cameron Diaz. She should retire, get married…kids…a dog, maybe a cat…

  29. I honestly have to say this.

    I may make a few of you mad…but Tom Cruise needs to retire. He is done. Cameron Diaz is done. Really, how many more movies like this will work for Hollywood? A movie I think that Tom Cruise should have been in

    NEXT (2007). Which starred Nick Cage -sigh-

    Tom Cruise does very well in movies, where he is the solo lead.

    -sigh- I give up.