Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Knight & Day - Movie Review
Starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Jordi Molla, Paul Dano, Maggie Grace, Marc Blucas, Celia Weston and Dale Dye.
Directed by James Mangold.
This was the first movie I've seen where I felt like the director was thinking about how it would look on an iPod. There are numerous close-ups of Cruise & Diaz, and it reminded me of the Shatner & Nimoy close-ups on the Star Trek series, filmed for 13-inch screens so their heads fill up the entire screen. I always found it funny how I could see the varying shades of Mr. Nimoy's make-up.
But that's just one piece. I want to go to another. There's a scene late in the movie where Diaz's character is given "experimental truth serum." Comic opportunities are exploited to positive effect from that, and it made me wish more of the movie had been in that spirit.
Cruise plays Roy Miller, a CIA agent gone rogue. Diaz plays June, a car-restorer who bumps into him at the airport. After Roy kills everyone on their plane, he needs to keep June with him for a while to keep her safe. Is he crazy? Is he actually the bad guy? The movie plays with those questions for a while.
Good stunt-work. Cruise and Diaz are likeable performers, though Diaz is better at comedy. We saw this at the $1.50 theater, and it was perfect for that price. Fun, amusing, utterly forgettable.