Wednesday, March 9, 2011
DVD Roundup: The American and Knight and Day
First, Knight and Day was heralded as an action-adventure comedy and it succeeded on all of those counts. Tom Cruise, returning to pre-couch-jumping seriousness but with a bit more wry wisdom than Mission: Impossible days, is a government agent protecting a young scientist when his partner, Peter Skarsgaard, goes rogue and tries to steal the kid and his invention.
That begins their adventure to stay away from each other but satisfy curiosity beyond all imagining - all women secretly wonder if the guy they just fell for is really a super-spy. They're cute, and funny, and the action goes from nail-biting to unintentionally hilarious. Overall, it was FAR superior to the similar story Killers that came out last summer with Heigl and Ashton Kutcher - read my thoughts on that piece of garbage here. Diaz was believable as the side-kick, she holds a gun like a novice, but not like it's about to blow up. And Cruise wrangled all of his charisma into a finally understated role. Oh, and Paul Dano is really cute as the nerdy inventor in over his head. 3.5 of 5 stars/lambs
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