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It is what it is, which is better than I expected...
on January 14, 2011
Far better than I expected and yet, still somewhat lacking; `Knight and Day' is as fun as the genre allows but I was left wanting much more. I think the reason for this is the fact that everything `right' about this movie is VERY right. Tom Cruise may be one of the most obnoxious celebrities around, but he's a fun actor and he works that suspicious charm all over this film. I am smitten with Cameron Diaz (who I feel is highly underrated as on of her generations greatest working actresses) and she is all sorts of charismatically alluring in this film. The action sequences are non-stop and totally engrossing and the basic plot (a predictable twist off the expected espionage thriller) is interesting enough to hold it's own in the film. The supporting cast is a whose-who of respectable faces doing underwhelming things (Sarsgaard is demoted to predictably sleazy, Viola Davis is stuck in `Law and Order' mode and Paul Dano is laughably out of his element) yet they are forgiven thanks to the quick-fire pace of the film itself. It's like a `Bourne' films without the intelligence, but when all is said and done it's richly entertaining. It rides of cusp of greatness by teasing us with all the goodies it has in its bag, but I was waiting desperately for it to cross that line and really, really deliver.