June (Cameron Diaz) bumps into Roy (Tom Cruise) on her way home. She then ends up on the same flight as him, which is nearly empty. They start flirting, but while June goes to the bathroom to amp herself up, Roy goes ahead and kills all of the passengers – and the pilots – who happen to be spies trying to catch Roy who seems to be a rogue spy himself. Things go only downhill from there. A plane crash and approximately 5 conspiracy theories later, June is thoroughly tangled up in Roy’s world and has to tag along, rather reluctantly.
I didn’t expect much from Knight and Day – though the trailer did make me laugh – and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not a great movie, but it’s good entertainment and I laughed actually quite a bit. Though there were a few things that bothered me, altogether the film was pretty enjoyable.
I have to go right ahead and say it and show my full nerdiness: The thing that bothered me most in this film was that the McGuffin was referred to as the “first perpetual energy source since the sun”. And that hurt. Do they not know that the sun is not perpetual? Do they not know what perpetual means? If I’d had a desk in the cinema, my head would still be on it.
There. Now it’s out. On to the rest of the film!
The cast was nice – Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz seemed to have had a lot of fun – though the really good members of it remained underused (Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano and even Jordi Mollà).
The soundtrack was surprisingly great, too.
James Mangold (who has a pretty … diverse filmography) did a good job. The action scenes where especially nice because they were so ordinary. It wasn’t a director showing off how quickly he can cut a scene and it was not “lookee here, a new special effect”. They were just normal, solid action scenes, which was nice for a change.
But the most important thing: It just cracked me up. (The trailer already did, too.) But starting with “I’ll kill myself and then her.” to “Just one of those things, you know.” – it just spoke to my most base sense of humour.
Summarising: if you want to have fun without using your brain, Knight and Day is the way to go.