Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.
June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? Written by
Knight and Day" is a comfort food movie. It's a pleasant diversion, a
fun time at the cinema that doesn't ask a lot of of it's audience and
offers an enjoyable ride. We've seen it all before, but it worked
pretty well then, and it works pretty well now.
June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is an average perky blonde romantic comedy
heroine who runs into the charming and mysterious Roy Miller (Tom
Cruise) at the airport, and is sucked into a series of misadventures
when Roy turns out to be a secret agent fighting rogue elements in his
own agency . . . or maybe HE's the rogue agent . . . It depends on who
she listens to. there's a mysterious device called the Zephyr that Roy
is either protecting or trying to steal. All of this is fairly
predictable, and, again, nothing new. But director James Mangold
("Copland", "Walk the Line", "3:10 to Yuma") always knows how to make a
film play, and his skills haven't deserted him here. His pacing is
brisk and fun, and he stages some terrific action (including one
sequence from Diaz' point of view that did feel genuinely new).
Of course, this is a star vehicle, and whether you enjoy it will depend
a lot on how you feel about Tom Cruise. Dismissing his personal life as
utterly irrelevant, I find him to be a solid and dependable actor who
does action better than almost anyone in Hollywood. And, here, he gets
a rare chance to flex his comic muscles, and hie's quite funny (though
too much of the best material is in the trailer). Diaz is pleasant, but
tries a little too hard to be cute. And, occasionally, the film itself
has the same problem.
But, overall, it's a funny little spy movie. part adventure, part
romcom. Not destined for any Ten Best Lists, but enjoyable summer
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