The average life of a woman is shaken up when she becomes mistakenly entangled with the life of a secret agent on the run from the agency he works with.
This is what summer films should be – fun, exciting, funny, and entertaining. While I have never been a fan of either of the two stars, Cruise has always been a pretty reliable actor when it comes to his choice of films. With a career in film including Collateral, Minority Report, Magnolia, Rain Man, he obviously has an eye for good material; not to mention he is at his best and most fun here. Cameron Diaz also does a good job here, as she didn’t annoy me and held her own against Cruise’s performance.
This is a perfect summer flick because it gets started quickly and never lets up until the credits roll. Throughout the film, you are either on the edge of your seat or laughing hysterically…sometimes you are even doing both at the same time. Director Mangold does a very good job here keeping the pace and the mood of the film light and fast. He also stays away from too much CGI, using more practical effects like wire-work and stunts from his two stars in its place. The storyline is simple but effective, you never really know if Cruise’s character is actually an agent-gone-mad or is just doing what he believes is right until the end.
While the film isn’t all exactly memorable and will not become a classic, it is one of the most entertaining flicks there are. It is good, clean fun that anyone in the family can enjoy. Knight & Day is a very fun film that I highly recommend, while I don’t think it’s one of the all-time best films, it doesn’t get much more fun than this.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action violence throughout and brief language
Runtime: 109 minutes