We have enjoyed many of Tom Cruise’s films in the past.
Movies like Rain Man, Collateral, The Firm, A Few Good Men, Mission Impossible et al have afforded us mucho pleasure.
So, notwithstanding the generally poor or tepid reviews we went ahead, albeit with tempered expectations, to Cruise’s new film Knight and Day.
There were about 30-35 people for the opening show at a theater on the East Coast.
Not a good omen considering it was the opening day.
Alas, this was one movie we could have done without.
That, folks, is our considered verdict after watching this 106-minute film.
Featuring Tom Cruise as the CIA agent Roy Miller on the run and Cameron Diaz in the female lead, Knight and Day belongs to the broad genre of what you may call action-comedies.
Set up as the fall guy by one of his colleagues and hunted both by the government and the bad guys (arms dealers in this instance), Roy Miller has in possession a precious thing that many people are after.
You see, Miller is safeguarding a powerful invention by a genius high-school kid that everyone would like to get their hands on – a small, palm-sized battery that contains enough energy to light up a city.
Aha, the solution to the world’s energy crisis.
Uh oh, not so fast.
First, the shooting and the chases.
The movie is one endless chase or shooting – on the road, on the train, on the plane with no respite.
With the endless chases and the trigger-happy characters, there’s hardly any time to weave a coherent story around the broad plot we outlined above.
The movie itself never packs the frenetic energy of the Bourne films although a la the Bourne films we quickly hop from country to country – in this case, from Boston to Austria to Spain to Germany.
By Bollywood standards, the action and chase scenes are alright but nothing that you haven’t seen in many other Hollywood films.
Apart from occasional spurts of life, Tom Cruise doesn’t exactly set the screen on fire in Knight and Day.
Don’t get us wrong. Tom Cruise ain’t no Abhishek Bachchan or Ajith. The man is still watchable.
Just that at 47, the sparkle in the face starts to fade and the body isn’t as agile.
And the Woman
Ah, you want to know about Cameron Diaz?
Within the confines of a sloppy script, Cameron Diaz did what she could. Again, nothing extraordinary though.
Nothing to drool about here. Not even when she dons that itsy bitsy pink bikini.
Hell, the woman is 38. Not 19 like the Winter’s Bone babe Jennifer Lawrence.
For some weird reason, Cameron Diaz reminds us of Jane Fonda. And mind you, we were never great fans of Jane Fonda.
Yea, Raise the Middle Finger
And the ending is an anti-climax.
Overall, we’d say Knight and Day is poorly written fare not worth your time and money.
Extend the middle finger to Tom and Cameron with gusto. 😉