Tom Cruise is an oddity to say the least. Opinions of him are split but watching his interviews it’s clear the guy has charm by the barrel load. That same charm is meant to be the driving force behind Knight and Day but despite his best efforts it just can’t overcome such a nonsensical, forgettable film.
Cameron Diaz stars as June who gets caught up in the exploits of secret agent Roy Miller, played by Cruise. What follows is a succession of decent action scenes barely strung along by the two lead’s hammy performances. Diaz is slightly better to start off with but there’s a weird switch before the film’s final act. Miller is borderline psychotic at the start managing to reign himself in before the end but as he does June becomes just as insane in her pursuit of him. The two deserve each other. Both desperate to fulfil some sort of sick, adrenaline-junkie spy fantasy.
The film is fuelled by the silliness of its action and plot which is half of the action-comedy genre it’s clearly in. The other half comes from jokes that mostly fall flat but if not being funny was bad enough, there’s an underlying sense that everyone involved in the production thought it was hilarious. The actors exemplify this too turning charm and quirkiness into arrogance and stupidity. Cruise is the big knight in shining armour (which is the point) and Diaz becomes a ditzy, borderline mentally-ill blonde.
About half way through the film it’ll suddenly click. The tidal wave of arrogance coming from the film will hit you in the face. It turns into a celebration of all things Cruise and Diaz. “Look at them, look how beautiful they are, mmmm look at their sexy toned bodies, aren’t you glad you saw this film?” No, no I am not. Tom Cruise is approaching 50, Diaz approaching 40, it comes across as a last ditch attempt to look amazing on film before it all starts to sag or be injected with something.
It probably would have worked with younger stars, a solid action-comedy for the CVs of actors on to bigger and better things. Instead Knight and Day is crushed under the weight of the star power of its leads. It should have been called Cruise & Diaz.