Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review: Knight & Day

Knight & Day
Dir. James Mangold
Year: 2010
Aus Rating: M
Running Time: 109mins

Knight and Day has been a troubled production from day one. Not only was it written and rewritten by an ever-growing parade of Hollywood writers from studio to studio, but also a series of directors and cast-members (Adam Sandler was once attached to star, as were Chris Tucker and Eva Mendes) were hired and dropped out before it was finally settled on Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. This period of development hell should be cause for alarm, but thankfully director James Mangold has somehow managed to salvage just enough to make Knight and Day an enjoyable, if convoluted, time at the cinema.

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Isn't it strange how many of these movies have come about this year? Knight & Day, Killers (out in Australia soon), Date Night and The Bounty Hunter all within six months of each other. I was definitely surprised by this movie since the combination of Cruise and Diaz sounded like one of the most painful actor combos imaginable, but there are moments where they both just seem "on" and in tune. That bit where Diaz runs out on the count of three along with Cruise's reply makes me laugh every time I see the ad. Such is life.

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