Monday, July 5, 2010

Knight and Day

Movie name: Knight and Day
Year of release: 2010
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Molla, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Marc Blucas, Maggie Grace, Falk Hentschel, Dale Dye, Celia Weston
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

Synopsis:"Knight and Day" follows the story of June Havens, a young woman on her way to Boston, to attend her sister's wedding preparations. She accidentally bumps into Roy Miller, a dashing man who turns out to be a secret agent, being chased by an agency, all because of a small invention that will revolutionize the concept of modern energy. Roy and June start a whirlwind chase around the world, trying to keep the invention and the young inventor safe, all the while falling in love.
James Mangold's new film, following "3:10 to Yuma" and "Walk the Line" is close in tone to one of his previous films, "Kate and Leopold" as far as the romance part is concerned. The film however also inserts a whole dimension of action - 007/Mission Impossible equal parts. James Mangold is clearly a talented and inteligent director and knows that the film has to rely more on the cleverness of the screenplay and the way the interaction between the main characters unfolds. The film doesn't set out to be a reinvention of the action picture: it's a romantic and action film, in the tradition of Robert Zemeckis' "Romancing the Stone". The main actors are very much at ease in what they're doing. Tom Cruise is back to his more frantic and loose self from "Jerry Maguire" and Cameron Diaz is basically playing her usual part. "Knight and Day" is ultimately an unpretentious and entertaining film (it's industrial entertainment executed by a very talented film-maker).