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'Knight and Day' a flawed, but fun film, complete with action and laughs Phillip Brents | Wed, Jul 07 2010 01:10 AM

Now playing in theaters from director James Mangold and 20th Century Fox is the story of a dynamic duo gone crazy in "Knight and Day."

This film tells the story of June (Cameron Diaz), a typical gal trying to get a flight home with her car parts in time for her sister's wedding. Enter Roy Miller (Tom Cruise), a charming and handsome man who keeps bumping into June while boarding a plane.

What June doesn't know yet is that Roy is a covert spy on a mission to protect a young Simon Feck (Paul Dano), who has created the world's newest potential power source, the Zepher. Roy claims to be set up by the agency he works for and June gets tangled up in the globe trotting adventure.

No matter how she tries to get back home to her normal life, Roy pops up and things have a way of getting out of hand. Once June realizes that Roy may be right, she finds she has the ability to hold her own against the bad guys. Roy's buddy from the bureau, Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard), is also looking for the Zepher and following them both.

Time to come together to save the world - one bullet at a time.

Final word: This is the film for Cruise. As the character Miller, it gives him a chance to be the action adventure hero and, at the same time, be charming and funny - seriously, who doesn't like that? Cruise once again reminds us why we do still love him. Now that his role as Les Grossman has renewed interest in him, we'll see if it is enough to get them to the theaters.

Diaz as June is a little scattered and I'm not sure if that's Diaz herself or the character. The role allows her to be quirky and funny, with a little heroine action. Diaz has been keeping busy with her voice as the character of Fiona in the "Shrek" series but, with it ending, she is slated to take the role of Lenore Case in "The Green Hornet" with a release date of 2011.

Dano is the scary, smart Feck with an innocence that allows the viewer to understand why he needs protecting. Sarsgaard is fine in his role as Fitzgerald but, quite honestly, there is nothing threatening about him. He's too calm to be a bad guy!

This is an action-comedy film that doesn't take a lot of thought, but it's fun at the same time. There are car crashes, espionage, no one trusting anyone, a girl falling for the hero and all of it wrapped in a race.  
Other cast members include: Maggie Grace as April Havens, Marc Blucas as Rodney, Dale Dyes Frank, Jordi Molla as Antonio, Lennie Lofton as Braces, Jack O'Connell as Wilmer, and Viola Davis as Director George.

Tubs of popcorn: I give "Knight and Day" three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a good Tom Cruise movie with a solid story. Although there are a few noticeable flaws, the film is a lot of fun and so the flaws are easily overlooked.

This is just simply a good night at the movies for adventure, action and comedy all rolled into one.

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