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Knight and Day (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 23 June 2010 (USA)
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A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.

Director:

James Mangold

Writer:

Patrick O'Neill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Roy Miller
Cameron Diaz ... June Havens
Peter Sarsgaard ... Fitzgerald
Jordi Mollà ... Antonio
Viola Davis ... Director George
Paul Dano ... Simon Feck
Falk Hentschel ... Bernhard
Marc Blucas ... Rodney
Lennie Loftin ... Braces
Maggie Grace ... April Havens
Rich Manley ... Danny
Dale Dye ... Frank Jenkins
Celia Weston ... Molly
Gal Gadot ... Naomi
Jack O'Connell ... Wilmer (as Jack A. O'Connell)
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Storyline

Looking forward to attending her sister April's wedding, the commitment-shy tomboy and classic cars aficionado, June Havens, catches a plane to Boston. Then, out of the blue, she crosses paths with the handsome and charming stranger with the killer sense of humour, Roy Miller, and just like that, June's life will never be the same again. Now, as the dashing man of intrigue plunges June into an excitingly risky world of high-speed car chases, deadly man-to-man fights, and lethal stray bullets, dangerous, no-nonsense adversaries are after the mismatched duo, hell-bent on retrieving a tiny state-of-the-art device that's worth millions. But, who's this Roy Miller guy? Is he truly one of the good guys? Above all, could he be the one? Written by Nick Riganas

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She met him on a plane. He'll take her for a ride.


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tom Cruise wanted to do another spy thriller, but he thought Salt (2010) and The Tourist (2010) were too similar to his Mission: Impossible (1996) franchise. He ultimately chose this project once it became an espionage thriller with comic elements. See more »

Goofs

When June goes up the escalator at the airport, just before she runs into Roy, the people behind her change from police to civilians and back again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
June Havens: [to fellow line stander] Sorry.
June Havens: [to agent] So I'm going to make it onto an earlier flight, right?
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Alternate Versions

An 'Extended Cut' is available in Region 2 (UK and Europe), Region 3 (Asia) and Region 4 (Australia & NZ). It adds eight minutes of footage, mostly extended versions of existing scenes, as well as a new opening scene that better establishes June Haven's profession as a mechanic. The 'Extended Cut' was released on Video On Demand in North America, but as of January 2011, it has yet to receive a Region 1 release. (See the FAQ page for more details.) See more »

Connections

Edited into RTL Boulevard: Episode #11.70 (2010) See more »

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Santa Maria
Written by Philippe Cohen-Solal (as Philippe Cohen Solal), Christoph H. Müller and Eduardo Makaroff
Performed by Gotan Project
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
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A collage of mayhem, action, flaws, and charm, Knight and Day is saved by the leads and unique summer freshness
23 June 2010 | by diac228See all my reviews

Jump-starting the Mysterious Plot Summer Season (Knight and Day, Salt, Inception, Piranha 3-D), Knight and Day is quite an interesting thrill ride that's very fresh in the midst of a summer season with very little originality. With the two leads delivering charismatic, fun, and great performances, this movie is propelled by star power, intrigue, and never allowing the audience to be one step ahead of the flick. The twists and turns may have been a little unnerving, and the movie does suffer from being quite vague at times, the overall package is a fun one. Unlike most summer clunkers (there was some robot movie last year that was dismally pathetic, if only I remember the name) this one is forgivable for its flaws because of its style, loose direction, and freshness.

Without revealing too much (trust me, predicting the movie from the trailer will do you no good), Knight and Day follows a secret agent (Tom Cruise) that accidentally involves a bystander (Cameron Diaz) in the middle of a crazy fight spanning multiple agencies and multiple countries. Written by Patrick O'Neal, this script is very unique, very refreshing, and at times quite off-the-wall. The story moves very fast, but has time for some character development and character revelations—even if they become little blurbs here and there. The only issue is that characters are revealed in such quick and awkward manners, but it might be more an editing issue rather than a writing issue.

Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise were perfect for their leading roles here. Cameron Diaz has an undeniable charm that has made her not only a major box office draw over the years, but one of the few actresses that can carry any movie past mediocrity. At the same time, Tom Cruise also has the ability to propel movies with his impeccable charm and subtle timing. So, naturally, with these two together, movie magic is accomplished. Just like in Vanilla Sky (even if the editing and obscurity allowed the movie to collapse), Knight and Day is jump-started and propelled by Diaz and Cruise acting together. Their comic timing is great, and can still deliver the emotions when you need them to. Everyone else did a respectable job, but they consisted of dozens of small roles.

The movie however suffers from one major flaw: potential. This movie could have been something very special if it had been given a little more love, a bit more budget, and better editing. James Mangold is heavily varied in his directing resume (Cop Land, Walk the Line, Identity, 3:10 to Yuma) so he has the ability to run an action film (unlike the indie-director of the last James Bond flick). But, the movie does this mildly irritating thing in which it sets up potential action sequences, but skips them entirely. While the movie does offer plenty of action, this irritating directing/editing blunder was done at least three times. The fact that it could have done so much more doesn't distract from the overall quality, but does unveil its potential. With a budget of over $120 million, Knight and Day looks like an action movie that was running out of cash.

The action that we do get to see is plentiful, and fun. Plausibility and realism takes a timeout as we get insane chases, dozens of explosions, and plenty of fights. There is very little slowdown, very little time for the audience to breathe. The CGI is sometimes a bit much, but doesn't distract too much from the movie. Adding to the mayhem is the dozens of plot twists and turns, which range from small, to changing the flick entirely. Unfortunately, it seems like it was edited by someone with a samurai sword and too much sugar in his blood.

Bottom Line: While it could have been so much more, and could have really been something truly special, Knight and Day is still an admirable movie thanks to its leads---even if age is starting to catch up to them. With a crazy script edited in a crazy manner, this movie is far from your average summer movie, and is a mildly refreshing visual trip around the world. No sequel or remake connections here, as the plot is unique, even if the action is your usual CGI-heavy fare. The directing, editing, and content choices however keep it from truly hitting the big leagues. But if you want something different and sequel-free to watch this summer (without screaming for mercy as the movie continues), then Knight and Day is your flick. Unique concept, unique movie, unique flaws.


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Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

23 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$117,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,139,985, 27 June 2010

Gross USA:

$76,423,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,989,769
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2.35 : 1
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