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Movie Review – Knight and Day

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Tom Cruise returns to the big screen as Roy Miller, an ‘is he or isn’t he’ spy gone bad, in possession of a unique battery with infinite power.  Chasing him is both the CIA and the bad guys who want the battery at any cost.  Is Miller the bad guy trying to sell the battery or is he the hero trying to save the world?  Only time will tell.

Roy bumps into June Havens (Cameron Diaz) at the airport and the ensuing plane scene in the first act, sets up this thrill a minute and visually spectacularly movie.

Directed by James Mangold (3,10 to Yuma, Cop Land) the action is fast and plenty and he keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace.  Set throughout America and Europe and with plenty of external locations in some of the world’s most beautiful cities, Knight and Day gives you the typical international spy feel by featuring back drops in Spain and Austria.

While there is plenty of comedy to keep the laughs coming, this really is an action movie with plenty of stunts and gun fights.  Yes, it does push the envelope too much in the action scenes and few of them are believable but I go to the movies to escape reality.

Perennial bad boy, Peter Sarsgaard plays CIA Agent, Fitzy, tasked with tracking down both Miller and the battery.  While not a huge presence on screen, he tackles the role with enthusiasm and skill.

No matter what you think of Cruise outside of the cinema, he is a fine actor and has quite a good comedic style about him, given the right script and as audiences saw in Tropic Thunder, he is a funny guy.

Diaz continues to impress in whatever role she chooses.  With her dazzling blonde hair and huge smile and a skimpy red bikini, she pulls off the role of the clueless, yet savvy June to perfection.

At 109 mins, Knight and Day is perfect in length and a must for all action fans.  It is a fun movie and both Cruise and Diaz do a great job with a fun script.

Knight and Day is out now in Australian cinemas.

Rated M

My rating 6.5/10

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