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Knight and Day (Blu-ray Review)

21 Nov, 2010 By: John Latchem

Street 11/30/10
Box Office $76.4 million
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray/DVD gift set, $39.98 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language.
Stars Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, Maggie Grace.

50 minutes. That’s how long it takes the plot of Knight and Day to relocate Cameron Diaz to the tropics as an excuse to get her into a bikini. Far too long a wait, if you ask me. Ah, but the film, a breezy action comedy directed by James Mangold, at least needs some time to establish the pretext of a story.

Diaz plays June, a woman trying to fly home to Boston for her sister’s wedding. At the airport, however, she bumps into a suave man named Roy, played by Tom Cruise, who turns out to be some sort of international superspy trying to protect an experimental energy source. With his enemies thinking she is working with him, he takes on the task of keeping her safe, which of course means involving her in some of the most dangerous car chases, plane rides and otherwise daredevil stunts imaginable. Note to potential holiday travelers: If your plane ticket is overbooked, but then the airline finds you a seat at the last minute but the plane is empty save for a half-dozen muscular European types, you may want to consider catching the next flight anyway.

Despite a few plot contrivances that pop up in the second act, Knight and Day is an enjoyable-enough two-hour diversion (the title is a pretty bad pun that seems shoehorned into the movie to match a marketing campaign). This is the kind of role Cruise could play in his sleep, and whether or not you find his personal life detracts from his career, he’s still a lot of fun to watch as he jumps from cars and buildings with abandon.

Of course, a bit of Cruise’s offscreen perpetually grinning persona is on full display in a featurette about how he enlisted the Black Eyed Peas to write and sing a song for the end credits. Cruise (with Katie Holmes in tow) arrives at a concert, schmoozes the band and ends up on stage during the performance.

Other extras include the standard making-of featurettes, plus a couple of amusing viral videos of Cruise and Diaz horsing around on set.

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