June 22, 2010 > Movie Review: Knight and Day
Movie Review: Knight and Day
By Fina Mora and Mona Shah
Every couple has a story of how they first met, and for Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) and June Havens (Cameron Diaz), theirs is far from ordinary. Roy is a super spy on the run with a much sought after item. Needing to catch a flight for Boston and aware that he's being followed, he takes advantage of fellow traveler June Havens. Stashing his hidden item in her bags and recovering it after slipping through security, Roy had hoped he'd seen the last of this beautiful but innocent woman.
However, what first begins as a chance encounter, blossoms into much more as June finds herself thrust into the arms of the charming, yet lethal operative in a series of epic adventures across the globe.
As if dodging assassins and uncovering hidden secrets isn't enough, June must figure out if Roy is the good guy he claims to be, a rogue CIA agent turned traitor or a psychotic trying to avoid capture by determined federal agent Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard).
"What is going on?" is the only thing on June's mind as she tries to determine what is real and what isn't as Roy takes her on the ride of her life, possibly in the service of a world-saving mission... or not. Nonetheless, they are forced to rely on each other and find a safe haven, their survival ultimately hinging on a battle of truth vs. trust.
Director James Mangold has cast Diaz and Cruise as the dynamic duo in their first pairing since the 2001 film "Vanilla Sky." Cruise is splendid amidst the chaos of "Knight and Day," while Cameron Diaz is gorgeously goofy. Their chemistry gives the movie the sizzle to succeed as both an action movie and a comedy.
Runtime: 2 hours