“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: James Mangold / Actors: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Grace, Paul Dano ... / DVD released 2010-12-13 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Knight and Day is a DVD recently bought into our house by the Son's Girlfriend, and as usual we all sat around the TV to watch it. It is mainly another version in my mind of the Mission Impossible type or style of film that seems to be flooding the market at present.
Knight played by Tom Cruise and Day played by Cameron Diaz meet at an airport. She is to go to her sisters wedding carrying a load of spare parts for a very nice car a Pontiac GTO, she was lanning on rebuilding for her Sister as a wedding present. This not quite coming off as the pair use this vehicle in quite a few car chases during the film. She decides to give the sister her house instead. Nice if you have the money to do itt I thought. He is on a mission to save a young scientist geek (who made a new style battery which will never wear out )from death and to prevent the wrong people getting this new style battery which is never going to fail. Well not yet anyway. It is the main basis for the film and gives some credability to the chases that prevail.
Both Knight and June Day end up on the same plane which is remarkably empty considering she had trouble getting a ticket for that particular flight. The why was it empty is soon apparent as a sudden outburst of violence and shootings break out on the plane when she conveniently goes to the ladies room.
When she comes back out she finds loads of people dead in their seats and Roy Knight, attempting to land the plane, once he knocks her out.
There follows scene after scene of crazy stunts and the two of them getting to know each other really well. She getting more and more anxious as she doesn't know what to believe and is thrown into the thick of it as his secret agent status comes to light.
He finds himself trying to do his job and rescuing her at the same time on a constant basis. Which has some really silly and quite amusing qualities about it.
We laughed and got involved with this light hearted romp with shoot em up style of action. There was a lot of explosive entertainment value here and the graphics were good. The acting very tongue in cheek and the Two main hero's played their parts as well as they could with the scripts they were given.
This is quite a good family film for the over 15 age bracket and I would not recommend it for under that age myself.
Funny in places hard to believe in others but worth the watch never the less. Light hearted and fun. I suppose it did help that we had a particularly good bottle of wine to share which helped make this film more watchable. A good film for entertainment value and worth keeping in mind when entertaining friends of a like mind in film choices.
Star - Tom Cruise
Genre - Comedy
County - USA
Certificate - 12A
Run Time - 109 minutes
Blockbusters - £0.99 per night
Amazon - £4.35 DVD (£6.85 Blue Ray)
I was watching Top Gear on Dave the other day just before Man V Food (I love that show!) and up popped Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, a bit of a surprise, on to do the lap in the 'Reasonable Priced Car' challenge. As popular as Top Gear is they rarely get A-Listers on to drive the 1.6 family car around the disused airfield in Surrey. No, Tom and Cam were on to plug Knight & Day because it cost $120 million to make and was not doing great on the Billboard top 100 at the time. In fact Tom halved his mandatory $20 million fee and went on one of his bonker's publicity tours to make sure the film ended up in profit. Tom did indeed drive the fastest lap around the Top Gear track (presumably a condition of him going on the show).
But contrary to the movie press people like Tom Cruise and his movies and Knight & Day eventually did $260 million back and a good sign he is still an A-List movie star, especially as this was an attempt at screwball comedy. But Tom could well be on Eight out of Ten Cats next week the way Jack Reacher is doing in the multiplexes! But it could have been a lot worse as the film was set to be called 'Wichita and troubled Man' and Adam Sandler was first choice for the lead, a double to kill it stone dead.
Tom Cruise ... Roy Miller
Cameron Diaz ... June Havens
Peter Sarsgaard ... John Fitzgerald
Jordi Mollà ... Antonio Quintana
Viola Davis ... Isabel George - C.I.A. Director
Paul Dano ... Simon Feck
Falk Hentschel ... Bernhard
We meet pretty thirty something June Havens (Cameron Diaz) who is flying out to her sisters wedding. At the airport she meets handsome salesman Roy Miller (Tom Cruise), who is determined that June won't be getting on that plane. Roy is really a secret agent gone rogue and the flight is intended to be his last. But unaware of this impending doom she does get on the plane and in the process Roy accidentally crashes it to disguise his identity and now she too is a wanted person by America's intelligence services.
In that Iowa cornfield he reveals his true identity and tells her to forget about what just happened and deny everything when she is picked up by the spooks, which she soon is, and live the rest of her life happily ever after as a classic car restorer, her job. But June is excited by Roy and the whole spy stuff and doesn't do what she is told, explosions and car chases soon following as Roy rescues her from the men in black sedans, suits and sunglasses, both now fugitives. June will have some stories to tell at the wedding.
The mission now is to stay hidden from the bad guys and work out how to stay ahead as the two gently become a couple. But is Roy really the good guy he says he is and is June cut out for the life on the road being pursued by most of Americas black ops agents?
Although an obvious send up of Mission Impossible this is not too bad. Its one of those movies you think will stink because too many people have said so yet when you actually sit down and watch it its rather fun. Cruise is genuinely quite funny with good comic timing and Cameron Diaz a proven ditzy girl in films like Something About Mary and clearly enjoys the release from rom-com hell in films like this where she gets to shoot machine guns and drive really fast, both actor's proficient enough petrol heads and doing most of their stunts here. But she may have to do more films like this as her face is looking as stretched as her career of late and that infamous bad skin wining the day, an actress that is no doubt not a big fan of Blue Ray and HD TV.
It's fast paced stuff to cover over the plot potholes it noticeably bumps over as the producers try to box-tick all the action and spy spoof requisites to insure a decent return in the multiplexes. Spy spoofs are notoriously tricky to do as they are dependent on cliché and so generally tank, Spies Like Us and I -Spy coming to mind. But this wasn't too bad and I did grin away and a suitably glossy action romp to enjoy and a lesson learnt that the critics can be cruel when they are bored. Tom is a genuine movie star and this proves that there's more to him than gum chewing Top Gun jock. He is trying new things and he was just as funny in his unrecognizable cameos in Tropic Thunder and his brilliant turn in Magnolia. He even wore an eye patch in Valkyrie to try something different, always a risk for an ageing handsome leading man to carry a disability.
Imdb.com - 6.3/10.0 (84,678 votes)
Metacritc.com - 46% critic's approval rating
Rottentomatos.com - % critic's approval rating
Empire -'Knight And Day is to cinema what The Iron Giant was to acting'.
This is London -'As a pure popcorn, dreams-writ-large, kiss-kiss-bang-bang, globetrotting romp, Knight and Day delivers'
Movie Talk - 'The action sequences go on too long and the reliance on CGI is often blatant, but Cruise's irrepressible zest and Diaz's ditsy charm pull the film through the rough patches.
The NZ Standard -'Knight & Day is an adventure movie that pretends Jason Bourne never woke up with amnesia'.
The Daily Sun - 'It's not a bad movie. It's not exactly a good movie, either, but it's got its moments. Knight and Day is a film about charisma and on-screen chemistry, but unfortunately not much else'.
The Melbourne Age -'A film to cheer audiences, 12 and slightly upwards, not seduce critics...'
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Knight and day is a sort of weird action comedy film. It combines some of the cool bits of action, and some comedy. The problem I found with this film was the romatic aspect of it, kinda ruined the touch slightly.
Basically, it all starts off when Knight (who uses a spy name Miller) "bumps" into June (Cameron diaz) in an airport. Basically they both end up getting on the same plane, which the FBI have used to try and catch miller, but he kills everyone on the plane. After this, june basically becomes part of his "underworld" life, and there is a constant theme of trust, and whether june should or should not trust miller. Basically Miller says he has taken a battery that lasts forever (I did not quite like this bit, because a battery that lasts forever is not physically possible... but there you go...). Anyway, thats all the plot I am going to spoil, I will leave the rest for you.
Anyway, the film is pretty good, and has some hilarious parts, due to the way Miller is just so cool and can fight off like 16 guys whilst telling June he has everything under control. My only problem with this film is that after about 1 hour into the film, everything just seems to start falling apart. I get the feeling that towards the beginning of the film it was working great, but then the writers tried to change it (and the sad thing is, the change doesn't add any comedy or action, but more of a romantic feel, which kinda fails to kick off until the end, and doesn't really add anything to the film).
Anyway, overall, this is an ok film, I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. My only "recommendation" to the writers if you are reading this is please don't try to make it so romatic next time. if you are making an action comedy, make it an action comedy. not an action-comedy-romance. It just doesn't work brilliantly.
Knight and Day, is a 2010 romantic action comedy film Directed by James Mangold and starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz
Knight and Day is a baffling movie. The script, such as it is, seems to lead its characters in the direction of an espionage-heavy action-comedy, but despite congealing around one central MacGuffin (a never-draining battery, of all things), little of what happens in Knight and Day seems to connect to anything else in the movie. The plot is merely an excuse to put its toothy stars ( Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) into as many sexy, dangerous and romantic close-ups as humanly possible, with periodic breaks for Cruise to kill some people. On paper, I can see the brainless appeal of such a thing. But even on this base summer blockbuster level, Knight and Day perplexes far more than it entertains.
Diaz's character, June, first encounters Cruise's ultra-spy extraordinaire, Roy, in a chance meeting at an airport. She ends up on the same flight to Boston as him, along with a scarce population of seedy looking passengers. They forcefully flirt, make a bit of cute conversation, then she retreats to the lavatory while Cruise proceeds to savagely murder everyone on board (they're all assassins, so it's cool), and crash the plane in a Midwestern corn field.
June wakes up the next morning in her own bed in Boston. How did she get there so quickly? Never mind any of that, she has to get a dress fitting for her sister's upcoming wedding. Of course, it doesn't take long for government agents to accost her and start asking her a lot of questions about Roy and this mysterious battery. Then Roy shows up, kills a bunch of people again (in fairly spectacular fashion, I might add), and we move on to the next scene.
This basic progression repeats itself an interminable number of times throughout Knight and Day. June is somewhere, Roy shows up, people get shot, June gets drugged, magically ends up somewhere completely ludicrous, lather, rinse, repeat. Between pass-outs, Diaz wakes up in Boston, some kind of underground prison, a crashing airplane, a remote island in the Azores, a random speedboat, and a train in Austria, all within a fairly short period of time. The movie is positively gleeful about skirting logic and geography for the sake of a gag, and I was on board with it, at least until I realized it was really the only gag the movie had up its sleeve, and that it was honestly more of an excuse to keep things moving at any cost.
In the rare instances that Knight and Day slows down and tries to get plot-centric, things do not go well. The storyline about the battery and CIA double-crosses and whatever else might as well not even exist. It's completely secondary to the supposedly sexy and charming relationship between Roy and June.
Except that charm only intermittently appears. The early goings of the movie where Roy and June first do the meet-cute thing on the plane are the closest to reasonable human behaviors you'll see from either of them anywhere in the movie. The rest of the time, it's like watching someone flick two pieces of cold metal against one another to start a fire. Diaz's attempts at playing alluring are well overshadowed by her bouts of running around screaming like a deranged harpy and making goofy wisecracks while hopped up on truth syrum. And don't even get me started on the half-baked Boston accent she randomly decides to affect halfway through the movie, and then loses before the third act.
Cruise, on the other hand, is all unaffected, effortless bad-assery. Dude shows up, shoots dudes, then moves on to the next sequence, all without batting an eyelid. Frankly, Knight and Day is as good an argument as there has ever been for proving Tom Cruise is, in fact, a robot of some kind. There is a machine-like precision to his performance here; he cracks wise, flashes that trademark grin, wears sunglasses a lot, and takes his shirt off a few times for good measure. It's Cruise playing Cruise yet again, with barely a discernible difference between this character and any of the other charming, suave, handsome characters he's played in the past, save for the fact that Roy, above all else, is rather boring, outside of his ability to kill people quickly and creatively.
The performances are pretty well lousy across the board. Peter Sarsgaard, playing Cruise's rival agent, is barely utilized beyond scenes of close-up smirking, and Paul Dano as the nervous teenage inventor of the movie's All Spark is like a poorly mustachioed cross between Rain Man and Professor Frink. The greater issue, however, is that the movie has no sense of who any of these characters are or why they're doing the things they're doing.
It's especially true of Diaz's June, who has no defining characteristics beyond a quirky love of fixing up old hot rods, and an undying, unreasonable attachment to Roy from a pretty early stage of their calamitous relationship. In a weird way, June reminded me a lot of Bella from the Twilight series. She's a blank slate character, a doofy avatar for women with spy and/or Tom Cruise fantasies to project their own wish fulfillment upon. That said, I don't know who, exactly, those women are, and if they'd even bother to go see a movie like this.
Director James Mangold, seemingly aware of how pointless and wooden this story/these characters are, tries to counterbalance with incredibly hyperactive action sequences, blazingly bright and colorful lighting, and endless extreme closeups of Diaz and Cruise's smiling faces. While I could have done without the face-hugging camera work, some of the action is, at the very least, entertaining. The brouhaha on the plane, as well as an acrobatic gun battle on the Mass Pike, provide some nifty visceral thrills and alleviate some of the boredom. However, the movie gets more and more leaden with CG effects as it goes on, and the climactic chase feels wholly artificial, even in the context of everything else in the movie.
You can't quite call Knight and Day altogether terrible, as its periodically entertaining bits of action, picturesque locales, and infrequent moments of witty banter do just enough to occasionally remind you that a better, funnier, more thrilling movie might have once existed where this one now lies. At the same time, the film feels like every bit the product of the Hollywood grinder that it apparently was. It's like a child born to raging alcoholics. At conception it might have had the potential to be an entirely enjoyable action comedy romp, but after a deluge of shots from additional writers, studio notes, and whatever else, the final product came out basically functional, yet largely diminished in capacity.
With Christmas coming up the good people at Sky are using it as an avenue to make a little extra money and as a result of one of their many calls we have ended up with Sky movies for the next 3 months. This has given us a chance to catch up on a number of films, the latest being Knight and Day the Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise romantic action movie from 2010. I'd been meaning to watch it for a while, but having a few spare hours yesterday and it being on sky anytime I decided to finally sit down and watch it. I wasn't particularly sure what to expect but I'd heard it was reasonable and so was quite looking forward to it.
Knight In Shining Armour
Following two seemingly innocent collisions on an airport concourse June finds herself on a nearly empty flight with a man she really rather likes the look of. The problem is that man is Roy Miller and this flight is empty because someone wants him dead and intend to take him out on the flight. After a rather bumpy flight the plane crashes and June finds herself alive thanks to Roy but now her life is in danger and Roy needs to protect her as well as the brilliant young man he was already trying to defend. With a number of twists and turns along the way June and Roy battle to keep themselves alive, both together and apart.
A Different Concept
There are a number of action movies in this vein around but not many that approach the subject in the unique way that the James Mangold directed Knight and Day come at it. This is an Action film that doesn't try too hard but flows really well. The special effects are worked well and the film looks remarkable. The choices of locations have been really well scouted and really suit the movie. He gives us a view of Cruise's character Roy that makes you like him even though you're unsure if he's really the good guy he's trying to come across as. In fact the character development is really well done and really brings the characters to life.
This is the first big screen outing for writer Patrick O'Neill, who has penned a really enjoyable movie. It has a very fast pace to the plot and the actions flows really well. He also mixes in a large helping of comedy and the timing of it works really well. It helps that Cruise and Diaz are good at this type of acting and their timing helps to add the comical side on the screen but the script, whilst not totally ground breaking is a nice spin on a classic concept. The combination of the director and writer work well together to create an enjoyable movie that doesn't require vast amounts of concentration but entertains none the less.
A Good Call
When it comes to Action movies like this then Tom Crusie would be near the top of your leading man list. The role required someone with charisma and the ability to laugh at themselves and Cruise seems to fit the role of Roy Miller perfectly. He's the type of character who gets into a fight with 20 armed attackers and walks away smiling and Cruise is certainly a good choice for this type of role. He also has a great connection with Cameron Diaz and from the pairs early exchanges in the movie there is a clear and defined chemistry between their characters that works really well on screen.
Like the casting of Cruise the decision to cast Diaz in the lead female role was one of the key decisions required on this movie. She starts as the damsel in distress but quickly picks up ways to stay alive and Diaz portrays June really well. Her comic ability is used particularly well here as well to add some of the films funniest moments. I also really enjoyed Peter Sarsgaard's performance as the man chasing Miller. His character is constantly outwitted and the more Miller evades him the more determined he becomes. The whole cast work well though and aid Cruise and Diaz in making a decent action film littered with comical moments.
Worth A Look?
I would say that whilst this isn't the greatest film I've ever seen it was very enjoyable. It has a number of frankly absurd action sequences but in a movie of this type they actually work. The comedy is quite fast paced and entertaining and all in all it is a movie that does exactly what you want it to. The concept isn't exactly new, but Mangold and O'Neill have put an interesting spin on it that works really well. If you're looking for something packed full of action, comedy and a hint of romance to entertain you on a long winters night then I would suggest trying to catch Knight and Day.
June Havens is all set to travel on an aeroplane to make it home for her sister's wedding when a chance encounter at the airport with a Roy Miller sends her life in a completely different and somewhat scary direction. Roy claims to be a CIA agent working to protect a young mathematical genius Simon Feck who has invented a non-rechargable battery that lasts forever. The bad guys seem to want the battery for their own ends, so Roy is determined to protect it, and that means involving June in his life of espionage. Soon, she finds herself being drugged, learning how to shoot a gun and running halfway across the world with Roy and Simon. However, she doesn't know who to believe when she finds out Roy may not be the good guy that he claims to be. Who does June choose to side with, and will Roy succeed in protecting the battery from the bad guys?
This isn't a film which was especially high on my radar, I'm not really a fan of Cameron Diaz and I can't abide Tom "I'm so wonderful" Cruise, but it was on my Lovefilm list with a low priority for a while. However, I went to my parents for an Easter break and they had it ready to watch so I decided to see it with them. My brother had already said it wasn't really their sort of thing which worried me as usually my parents and I have similar tastes but nonetheless we decided to give it a go. However, right from the off I was totally unsure about it and while my parents seemed to settle into it after a while, I didn't and I'm still sat here totally unsure of what I really thought about it, it was just weird!
As I said, I can't stand Tom Cruise which is a pity as he is the lead male role for the film. He plays CIA Agent Roy Miller, a man who doesn't seem to be very nice, likes violence and is willing to protect Simon and his invention at any cost. Cruise is definitely starting to look his age, losing those pretty boy looks from his great Top Gun days, but doesn't turn down the opportunity to flash the flesh in this film, and I have to say the topless shots didn't impress at all and seemed a tad unnecessary. Anyway, anyone next to Cameron Diaz looking gorgeous in a bikini isn't going to look great are they? He certainly gives a spirited performance, clearly loving the fast cars, bikes and other action sequences throughout the movie, and comes across believably as Roy Miller, but there was just something dislikeable about him.
Diaz does a good enough job as June Havens, but she is another actress I find to be quite over-rated. June is a completely dippy and ditzy character, one that gives a bad name to the female race and her girlish screaming really did grate on mine and my mother's nerves. Diaz is pretty good, she is good eye candy for the men, especially in the bikini-beach scenes and steps up towards the end in the action sequences but isn't really anything special. I really did enjoy the performance of Paul Dano as science geek Simon Feck, he played his role perfectly and seemed to sit better in the film than Diaz, it's a shame he didn't get much more screen time than he did. The other cast also do a good job, but no one particularly stood out as amazing.
One thing I have to say is that for the first half an hour or so of the film, my parents and I were utterly convinced it was a spoof movie. I read the Lovefilm sleeve several times and that seemed to indicate that it wasn't, it was just a comedy film but it did seem to be a bit of a mickey take of Mission Impossible, James Bond, and all those other action hero films with the ditzy female sidekick. I couldn't take it seriously after this, and despite several plot twists and turns, I still found myself doubting the film's validity and this did hinder my enjoyment. The story moves at a good enough pace, it's pretty much see-through, and you can tell what is happening throughout but it holds everything that is going on together, and that's good enough for me.
The action sequences perhaps picked the film up for us a bit. They were very well done, whether it be a high speed car chase, a 2 person motorbike ride or a shoot out in an empty warehouse. Everything seemed seamless, well put together and Cruise certainly gave his all to these scenes. There was a bit of CGI in there that was really poor and certainly not what I'd expect from a Hollywood blockbuster like this, but mostly it was really well done and enjoyable for this part. There is plenty of action in the film to keep people happy if you like that sort of things but if you don't like guns and violence, then this film probably isn't for you. I can't say that I would recommend you go out of your way to see this, but it's worth a watch if it's on. It is cringy, cheesy and slightly embarrassing at times but it is funny, and passes the time well enough. Good, but nowhere near what I thought it would be, and therefore has to be marked down as a tad disappointing!
Directed by James Mangold.
Written by Patrick O'Neill
Running Time: 109 minutes.
Tom Cruise ... Roy Miller
Cameron Diaz ... June Havens
Peter Sarsgaard ... Fitzgerald
Jordi Mollà ... Antonio
Viola Davis ... Director George
Paul Dano ... Simon Feck
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Spy thrillers often rely on the action factor and a solid plot. Rarely do they need the comedy timing and the lead stars to be able to make fun of themselves. In this comedy action thriller, though, the main focus is on Tom Cruise making fun of Tom Cruise. Playing rogue spy Roy, he kind of takes a chunk of Ethan Hunt, his character in 3, soon to be 4, Mission Impossible films, and adds some comedy into it. The result, alongside a somewhat stifled Cameron Diaz as his leading lady, is certainly entertaining, even if you have to make sure you leave your brains and realism at the door.
Cruise plays Roy, who professes to Diaz's June that he is the good guy and is actually protecting the inventor of a new power source, and that there's someone else pulling the wool over the CIA's eyes and making it look like he's the bad guy. June is swept up in the whole thing and goes along for the ride, not initially by choice, and in return we get an hour and a half of action comedy. The plot itself isn't particularly strong. There were no surprising twists, no revelations that were out of the blue or even enough going on to challenge your little grey cells. In fact, it's so simple that it's almost not enough to sustain interest. Luckily, Roy is a complicated character and Cruise makes sure we're never clued up on what's going on with him.
The comedy element helps. Cruise always has a bit of a twinkle and a charm about him, and I know a lot of people have criticised this about him in the film, saying that it's cheesy and smarmy as opposed to the charming character that he needs to be. However, I think that his over the top element is pitched exactly how it's supposed to be in order to fit in with his character's role and slot right in with how the film is portrayed. Were he to be a bit more charming and regular like some of his other performances, it would have been a bit boring to be honest, and we have already seen this with films such as the Mission Impossible ones. Here, it's pitched just right, and I thought he did really well.
Cameron Diaz kind of lets it all flow over her, to be honest, and this helps push Cruise's performance out front. Usually, Diaz has perfect timing, but it's almost as if she isn't allowed to do so here. The film quite clearly makes sure that Roy knows whats going on at every turn, but she doesn't really have a clue and is completely caught up in the whole thing. Diaz manages to give us this determined woman thrust into an adventure she never asked for in a way that's quite endearing, and you feel as if she's constantly a step behind. Diaz shrieks in the right moments, and although her timing is always just behind Cruise's actions, this again is kind of how she is supposed to be, and it fits.
The special effects are quite good, and for once it's nice to see a bit of flamboyance without anything holding them back, particularly in the action scenes. There are some completely unbelievable moments, such as Roy flailing around on the bonnet of a car and jumping from a motorbike onto another bonnet, as well as the opening scene of Roy needing to land a plane after some instant fighting with crew, passengers and pilots of a passenger jet causes a bit of panic. Unrealistic from start to finish, you really do have to leave all sense of believability at the door, and try not to analyse anything you see here. There's no need: it's full of holes and it knows it. It's deliberate. The focus is on the fun and the action and the comedy, and there's plenty of it.
That all having been said, it's kind of missing something. You feel as if this is more like a bit of fun for everyone involved rather than anything to really challenge in terms of Oscars, charts or even money making in general. It's entertainment, and I certainly found myself laughing quite a bit, but it's not the sort of film you're likely to remember much long after. Once it comes out on TV, it's the sort of film I'd be happy to put on and you could do something else while you're watching it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again or get the DVD or anything. There are some silly moments and it doesn't always come off as well as they'd hoped. A few scenes fall a bit flat and as I mentioned earlier, there's just not much depth to it. I'd recommend giving it a go if you get the chance, but not worth going out of your way for.
*** FILM ONLY REVIEW ***
We rented this DVD a couple of days ago. It was rated 12.
'Knight and Day' is a big-budget Hollywood romantic comedy/action flick from 2010, featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. These two are huge names in their own right and have appeared together before in 'Vanilla Sky' in 2001.
This film begins in an airport, where Cameron Diaz, as June Havens, is on her way to Boston with parts for the restoration of a car for her sister's wedding present. She is bumped into by (and bumps into) Cruise's character, Roy Miller, a couple of times on the way to the departure gates.
It's revealed to the audience that Roy is under surveillance by dark-suited spy-types. It soon becomes clear June is becoming an unwitting pawn in a battle of wits and she is under suspicion as the CIA try to work out whether she is in cahoots with Miller. At the departure gate, June is told her flight is over-booked, but mysteriously there's a change and this means she gets onto the same, oddly empty, flight to Boston as Miller.
The CIA is springing a trap on their rogue agent and June is also in their sights.
From here, it's a hectic ride as Miller drags June through his dangerous world. Is he saving her or using her? Is he the good guy or the rogue agent the CIA think he is? Will this perilous pursuit end in romance?
It's a film chock-a-block with stunts and action, an adrenalin-fuelled roller-coaster - but it is utterly dumb and bone-headed. That's not always a bad thing, if you can suspend disbelief and go along for the ride, but I'm afraid I couldn't.
Overall the movie is very incoherent: it's just a big tangled hotch-potch of familiar plot-lines. It's very predictable fare, and the director must have chosen an approach of thundering brainlessly to the finishing line, dragging the audience behind without time to breathe, in the hopes that they also won't have time to think. While this may have worked in the cinema with large audiences, at home on the small screen it just fails.
Any comedic aspect of the film is pounded into submission by the speed and relentless action. The story moves on at a blistering pace, but what (very hit & miss) humour there is vanishes in the blizzard of chases and chaos. There were some scenes which were clearly meant as comic relief, but I found them almost embarrassing. You know what the film-makers were trying to do, and you feel a bit sorry for them, but you can't quite make yourself laugh so they won't feel bad.
I didn't feel that the pairing of Cruis and Diaz had any chemistry. I felt Cruise was out to prove something, so determined to shine that he over-acted: he gave Diaz nothing to work with and no room to show anything of her ability.
The romance angle was just clumsy and ugly: several times during the film Cruise's character uses drugs to knock Diaz out and for the first 3/4 of the film her character is incredibly passive. (Hollywood, please take note: kidnap and being drugged into unconsciousness? These things are NOT sexy. They are NOT the way to a woman's heart!) The only way I could believe in their potential love affair was to think she must have been suffering Stockholm Syndrome.
Cruise's gurning and psychotic stare were just off-putting rather than seductive, and neither of them managed to create the illusion of being attracted to each other. I feel Cruise has lost much of his likeability to the general public in recent years, and perhaps this project with the usually very likeable Diaz was meant to restore it - but in his determination to out-act everyone, including his co-star, he sabotaged any such chances.
The action scenes were generally well-put-together and would probably have been great to watch on the big-screen. They were very silly and extreme, but I can usually accept that in action flicks. A couple of times the special effects were a bit obvious, notably a mid-air explosion and a near-miss with some large vehicles.
The soundtrack was pretty good, in particular the Black Eyed Peas' "Someday", which worked well with the movie.
Other than that, I have very little positive to say about this film.
It's not a film I'd recommend, but hey, tastes differ: if you wish to buy this on DVD, it's currently available at £6.99 new from Amazon.
Product details (as available from Amazon):
* Actors: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Grace, Paul Dano
* Directors: James Mangold
* Format: Anamorphic, Colour, PAL, Widescreen
* Language English
* Region: Region 2
* Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
* Number of discs: 1
* Classification: 12
* Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
* DVD Release Date: 13 Dec 2010
* Run Time: 112 minutes
I only just went to see this film last night and I can honestly say that this actually a pretty good film, it may not be the best, but I do think that it is worth watching.
In an airport, one man, named Roy, one woman, named June are in this airport for two different reasons. June's sister is due to marry in a number of days, whereas Roy we don't know why he is in this airport, that's for him to know and us to find out! During the flight, we then find out who Roy really is after he kills every person on board, even the pilot and ends up driving the plane himself.
June is in an uncomfortable position because there are agents and police all over the town she's in cause they find out that she was on the same flight as Roy and they think that she knows him, when in reality she knows very little about him - this is a lie by the way.
So June has to continue lying throughout the time she is here so that Roy can avoid being caught out.
Roy Miller : Tom Cruise
June Havens : Cameron Diaz
Fitzgerald : Peter Sarsgaard
Simon Feck : Paul Dano
Antonio : Jordi Molla
Director George : Viola Davis
April Havens : Maggie Grace
Danny : Rich Maley
Frank Jenkins : Dale Dye
certificate : 12
director : James Mangold
runtime : 109 minutes
DVD release : TBC
Overall, if you love an action film then this is a good film for you, but if you liked the mission impossible films then this is a must see, however I do not think this film is as good as the mission impossible films.
The run time of the film as good, but it can get confusing at times, but other than that the plot of the film is brilliant, with some good strong characters whether they're the lead role, supporting role or cameo role.
But boys - Cameron Diaz is in it and you will think she's fit but you can't see that she is taller than Tom Cruise!
When I was out shopping with my mom the other week, we decided to pop into the cinema and see what was on as we had some time left on our car parking ticket. The only film which looked midly up our street that we hadn't already seen was 'Knight and Day' which stars the usually brilliant Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. The plot didn't look too bad, I quite enjoy spy films usually, especially if the plot and the action are equally as good and both work together brilliantly and I was hoping this film would be good.
As we sat down to watch the film, I was not sure what I was going to expect. These two well known names in Hollywood of course wouldn't pick a terrible film to star in, would they?
June Havens is boarding a plane to get back home in time for her sister's wedding. In the airport, she keeps bumping into the 'handsome' Roy Miller, and quite enjoys the fact that they'll be on quite a deserted plane together for the period of time. After coming out of the airplane bathroom, she finds everyone on the plane except Roy dead; he has just killed them, as they are apparently out to get him. Roy is actually a CIA agent, and the CIA thinks he has gone rogue. Once the plane has been landed, Roy enlists Joy in helping him unmask the evil bad guy from the CIA.
Roy Miller- Tom Cruise
June Havens- Cameron Diaz
Fitzgerald- Peter Sarsgaard
Antonio- Jordi Molla
Simon Feck- Paul Dano
Rodney- Marc Blucas
April Havens- Maggie Grace
After about 10 minutes in, I knew I was watching a mediocre film, sure it got a few laughs out of the audience, but most of them looked rather bored and to be honest, if I hadn't have paid full price for the ticket, I would have probably have walked out of the cinema about 40 minutes in.
On paper the film sounds brilliant, it sounds like a great spy movie, with two of the biggest names in Hollywood staring in it. I think the fact that they hired the likes of Cruise & Diaz, means they probably got a wider audience, but still even Diaz who I do think is usually a good actress, wasn't able to make this film work.
Like I said earlier, I had high hopes for this movie because of who they cast, Tom Cruise, despite being quite insane is quite a good actor. I do enjoy some of his films, mainly his earlier work, but he is a good actor, but with this film, I just wanted to smack him throughout. He was acting like he had never acted before in his life, he was cheesy, he was trying to be too cool for words, and not like in the way he was in Mission Impossible, but it just didn't work, and to be honest, his performance in the movie, just made him look like an idiot.
Diaz was slightly better than Cruise in my opinion, despite the fact that I don't think that this performance was anywhere near what she can actually do.
The one thing that gave us a great laugh throughout the whole movie was the fact that the quite short Tom Cruise at just 5' 7" is constantly about an inch taller than Cameron Diaz in the movie who towers over him at 5' 9". I'm not sure how they actually did it, but my mother kept on whispering 'yellow pages' or stilts every time she noticed that he was taller than Diaz.
Opinion of the Plot
I really do think spy movies are either going to be great or a flop and this film fell in the flop section. The plot on paper was probably good; however it just did not come together at all. I'm not sure what it was, the overall cheesy acting or the fact that the script must have been terrible to begin with. When a film flops, you should always look at the script, if the script isn't up to par, then the film won't work at all and I think the film probably failed before it even got picked up by a production company.
The one good thing in the film was the action scenes, you had motorbikes jumping over cars, you had planes crashing, and much much more. To be honest, if you have ever seen any of the Mission Impossible films, then you don't really need to watch this film. It's pretty much Tom Cruise doing the same thing, just with a very scary smile on his face, and him trying oh so hard to get some chemistry with Cameron Diaz.
The comedy was few and far between. I think we laughed more at the fact that Cruise was taller than Diaz in pretty much every scene, rather than what was happening on screen. Diaz's naivetity throughout the film did lend us a few laughs, but to be honest, I was quite disappointed that Diaz was not really able to use her impeccable comic timing in this film.
Cruise really did try and become Bond in this movie but he doesn't have the necessary sex appeal and to be honest, I think you'd rather smack him in the movie rather than kiss him. The chemistry between the two leads was there, it wasn't as painful as it could have been, but I think Cruise really did just try way too hard and ruined whatever performance Diaz could have given.
A rather poor film, which I will probably never be recommending. It had everything going for it, but the poor script, the poor plot, and the rather poor acting from one side especially just made it not really worth the price of the cinema ticket or my time and effort. I was really disappointed especially with two very well known names at the helm.
Hope this helps
(C) Kirsty 2010
If Jason Bourne ever decided to give up the grim and gritty image and have a bit of a lark around, the end result would probably look something like Knight and Day, an old-fashioned caper which relies on star power for its box office appeal.
Indeed, the plot (such as it is) could have come from one of those crime capers that proved so popular in the 50s. June Haven (literally) bumps into Roy Miller, a mysterious, attractive man at the airport. Before she knows it, she is on the run with him, as various people try to kill them both for the zephyr - an incredible power source which everyone - good and bad - is desperate to get their hands on.
As with so much else in the film, the plot very much plays second fiddle to the stars, with a hugely predictable story arc. From the moment they Miller and Haven meet, you can pretty much plot the trajectory of their relationship: initial mistrust, giving way to grudging respect, followed by stirrings in the trouser department, before an acrimonious split, which will all be resolved in time for them to fly/drive/walk into the sunset together come the final reel. The plot is really little more than a rom-com for the girls, mixed with lots of stunts and action for the blokes. As far as it goes, it's relatively successful but you are left with the feeling that it could have been so much more.
Knight and Day essentially stands or falls on how attracted you find the combined star power of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, as this is where the film pins all its hopes. If you love them (or even just one of them), Knight and Day will be fantastic, yet another example of their charisma allowing them get away with things other actors wouldn't dream of. If you hate them, it will be a self-indulgent piece of rubbish designed merely to pander to its stars' egos and allow them to run around, making things explode whilst driving lots of different vehicles very fast.
The truth - inevitably, - lies somewhere in the middle. Knight and Day is a disposable piece of fun, that provides a lot of fun from this on-screen pairing; but it's also a frustrating experience, as you feel so much more could have been mode of this.
Individually, they are fine (although the partnership is an uneven one - Cruise is definitely the senior partner here). She plays the slightly ditzy (yet tough) blonde role to perfection, radiating confusion, frustration and anxiety in equal measure. It's a role she's done before and you could accuse Diaz of keeping well within her comfort zone but you can forgive it when she delivers an often fun performance. He does the suave secret agent thing easily (Miller is simply Mission Impossible's Ethan Hunt with a sense of humour). It's obvious that both stars are enjoying themselves and that rubs off onto the audience to some extent.
Yet, despite the fun nature of their performances individually, the spark this film so desperately needs from its two leads never quite happens. For all Diaz and Cruise have been doing the chat show circuit together, professing their mutual love and respect, there's surprisingly little chemistry between them. There are moments (most of which are in the trailer), when her comic timing, combined with his straight faced delivery get some laughs. Yet, it is all very uneven. For a film which pins all its hopes on that combined star power, this apparent lack of real chemistry really has an impact. Knight and Day is fun; Cruise and Cameron are fun; but the whole thing never quite comes together as it should.
The action sequences are pretty good, with pleasingly old-school stunts which are quite exciting to watch. Whilst there are a few effects which have obviously been computer generated, it's also clear that most of the driving stunts were done for real, and they feel more dangerous, edgy and vibrant. Similarly, the gun battles are exciting blending just the right amount of comedy and gunplay. But the lack of any real progression in the plot means that eventually, these too, become routine and a little dull.
The pacing is also rather uneven and limited. The entire film essentially revolves around one idea: Diaz's character gets herself into some sort of trouble, Cruise's character turns up and rescues her. This works the first couple of times, but after an hour, you start to realise that that's all Knight and Day has up its sleeve. It's not quite a case of The Emperor's New Clothes, but at times, it's almost a case of The Emperor's Old Pants.
The bits linking these various rescues are also rather similar. They usually involve Tom Cruise turning up, getting involved in a gun battle with some bad guys, before escaping on some sort of vehicle. This then leads to a car chase. The bad guys crash, Tom and Cam escape to make doe eyes at each other before Diaz gets herself in more trouble, and the whole thing starts once more.
It's these linking bits which slow the film down. Inevitably, they on the growing love interest between Cruise and Diaz's characters, which is a bit boring. We all know what's going to happen, so this artificial dragging out of the inevitable weakens the film. OK, I admit, I'm not a fan of rom-coms, so was inevitably going to dislike these bits. Sadly, it's here that the lack of any real spark between the two leads is most noticeable. You simply don't believe that they are slowly falling in love and so you don't really care what happens to them - especially since you know it will all come good in the end.
Knight and Day is something of a throwback to the big-star caper movies Hollywood used to churn out fairly regularly. There's enough here to make your evening at the cinema enjoyable, but you can't help feeling that it's also something of a wasted opportunity. For some reason, Cruise and Cameron never quite seem to click and that, combined with the repetitive nature of the plot, means it sits firmly in the three star category when it could have been so much more. Enjoyable, but dismissible.
Knight and Day
Director: James Mangold
Running time: 109 minutes
© Copyright SWSt 2010
"Blockbuster action comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. When sweet-natured, unlucky-in-love Ms Average June (Diaz) is set up on a seemingly normal blind date with Miller (Cruise), she finds her life turned upside down as it emerges that Miller is a secret agent on a foolhardy mission to protect an infinitely-powerful new piece of technology. Forced to flee the country with him, June finds herself catapulted into a dizzyingly violent international adventure that takes the fugitive pair across the globe and into each other's arms."
* Actors: Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Maggie Grace, Marc Blucas
* Director: James Mangold
* Language: English
* Classification: 12A
* Studio: 20th Century Fox
* Release Date: 6th August 2010
* Run Time: 109 minutes
June Havens (Cameron Diaz, Shrek and The Box) is at the airport about to catch the plane home so that she can attend a fitting for her sister's wedding when she bumps into Roy Miller (Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible II). Before boarding the plane she is told that she does not have a booking and has to wait for a later flight. Meanwhile Roy boards the plane. Last minute although June is able to board the plane, which turns out to be practically empty. June and Roy get talking and after a while she heads off to the bathroom to freshen herself up - meanwhile Roy takes on what passengers are on the plane and creates mayhem. With both pilots dead, the plane needs landing, but not before Roy explains to June calmly that he has killed everyone on the plane and is going to have to land somewhere other than an airport. So who is Roy? Is he a good guy, a bad guy or what?
The film is filled with car chases, gun fights, lots of exotic locations and of course some cheesy romantic stuff going on between June and Roy.
Cruise plays the role of Roy well in this film. He's funny to watch and what everyone wants an action hero to be like. He's funny and plays a rogue agent well, defiantly the best person for this part. Diaz however plays an average, clumsy character which she tends to always seem to play in films, and is nothing particularly special. She doesn't do much but admire Cruise throughout the entire film.
Director James Margold keeps the action going in the film but had he spent more time on letting us get to know the characters better I would have definitely gotten bored. The fast pace of the film and the action packed scenes kept me interested for the whole 109 minutes but only just.
I did enjoy this film, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone wanting to go watch something at the cinema. It was predictable, cheesy and I think it lacked attributes which make action films more exciting. In my opinion its best left either until it comes out on DVD or television.
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My friend had some free cinema tickets that had to be used by this weekend so Friday night saw us embarking on a trip to the cinema. We couldn't make up our mind what to see and the final toss us was between Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz and The Karate Kid starring Will Smith's son. In the end we decided to go with Knight and Day, purely because it was due to start shortly after us arriving at the cinema whereas we'd have had to wait over half an hour for The Karate Kid. Now I wasn't exactly enthralled by this choice, largely because I'm not a Tom Cruise fan in the slightest but the plot didn't look too bad so I agreed to give it a go... after all you can't really complain when things are free!
The story follows June Havens (Cameron Diaz) who is boarding a plane back home so she can attend her sister's wedding at the weekend. Prior to getting on the flight she literally bumps into Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) who we soon learn is a CIA agent. After flirting outrageously with Miller on the flight she goes to "freshen up" in the toilet and while she's in there Miller kills everyone on the plane who are also FBI agents. He then performs his own crash landing, drugs June and the next thing she knows she wakes up her in own bed. What follows is a game of cat and mouse which seems June rather unwillingly conspiring with Miller in order to protect some hidden entity of massive value from the bad guys in the CIA.
This film would predominately sit within the action genre, although due to the misfortune of a civilian becoming embroiled in Miller's plot there is a fair bit of humour thrown in for good measure. There's car chases, gun fights and plane crashes aplenty to keep any avid action fan entertained. As far as an action film goes then I'd have to say this one meets the mark, however as far as the humour side goes it was all a little bit weird with a couple of good gags but more than often I sat there wondering what the hell was going on! The laughter very much came from the fact that Diaz had no idea what was going on for most of the film, although judging from laughter levels in the cinema it really didn't hit the humour spot.
As for the plot well, on paper it certainly sounds good but when they added in the humorous and more than slightly unbelievable slant I think they lost all chance of credibility and realism. No fewer than nine writers were involved on this scripts five year journey to cinema screens and it does make me wonder what credentials you need to be a script writer. The audience are asked to believe that in order to get rid of a single CIA agent they would buy every single seat on the plane (but would let Diaz on), that no fewer than eight CIA agents working together on the plane could be killed by one single agent (even the maniacally self confidant Cruise). But then it really does get better... just imagine this scenario...
You've been charmed by a guy who is clearly wearing stilts or wedges as he's taller than Diaz in all the scenes, he then murders everyone on your practically empty plane before crash landing it in a field, he then drugs you, shoots your fireman boyfriend, kills at least a few more people for good measure, nearly gets you killed several times, drugs you again, strips you completely naked while you're drugged and far more. At what point would you think to yourself right I need to get out of this situation rather than go along with it, all the while fantasising about said guy in stilts??? My argument is that the plot is absolutely ludicrous, half the CIA are out to get Miller and yet he manages to evade them each time...
There's very little continuation in this film either, it seems that whenever the director encountered a plot hole rather than trying to fill it in some logical or sensible way he just jumped to a new, equally preposterous location. Plot holes themselves were quite evident throughout the film and it certainly wouldn't take a genius to spot them... the ongoing joke where Cruise knocks Diaz out every time he wants to move location being just a minor one. Despite it being quite a simple plot to follow I did find myself having to concentrate as at one point everyone was against Cruise who was the good guy, then it seemed that Cruise was the bad guy, then he was back to being the good guy... frankly the whole thing was tiring!
Tom Cruise gave as irritating a performance as ever and I know I'm not his greatest fan but there's something about him holding a gun menacingly that I just don't like, even when it's just on the cinema screen! Yes he may be younger than Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan but he's just not got that same Bond-esque sex appeal or suave nature that they pull off effortlessly, in fact he doesn't even come close. He's also irritatingly sure of himself in this film, arguably that is probably how his character is meant to be portrayed but the fact that his terribly charming one liners and that gleam in his eye has Diaz swooning at every point only served to annoy me, she seemed immune to his more creepy side!
Camerson Diaz appears semi-unclothed at several points during the film to demonstrate that she's still got it, with "it" including perfect hair throughout despite the fast paced action that she becomes entangled in which doesn't give her chance to sit back and brush her locks. She does a good job of looking plausibly freaked out by everything going on although her whole panicked amazement did make me wonder why she went along with the whole thing like a lap dog. The whole relationship between the two main characters seemed a little forced throughout, and more than a little cringe worthy - almost as if there were on some set up date where they had to overcompensate for a lack of real attraction.
As you can see there's very little love lost between me and this plot, I was sorely disappointed after about half an hour when it was clear to see which route this film was going to take. I'm also not entirely sure where the film's title has come from, the entity that Miller is trying to protect is kept within a toy knight for most of the film but it still doesn't really make sense to me. There's no one named Day in the film and it takes place over much more than one day (thanks to the multiple worldwide locations used). In conclusion the plot really let this film down but I think what really sunk this ship was Cruise himself... sadly he seems to think that his cow licked hair and a flash of his teeth will be mistaken for sex appeal.
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I wanted to see this when I first saw the trailer... even that in itself made me laugh more than once so it definitely seemed worth it to see it when it came out.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
June Havens (Cameron Diaz) goes on a flight home hoping to get back to her sister's wedding, meeting Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) who shares the flight. Whilst June uses the toilet, Roy kills everyone on the plane and performs a skilled crash landing. Roy drugs June and she wakes up in her own bed.
Hoping to return to her normal life, June attends her sister's fitting, only to be dragged away by "bad guys" Roy warned her about. Without a means of protecting herself, June tags along with Roy, gradually being involved in his mission- not only to sustain their lives, but to protect something of immense value many will kill to obtain.
I was immediately compelled by the film, laughing within minutes of the opening scene. Within fifteen minutes, a plane had already crashed and I plunged into the action comedy of the year. This said, the film progressed in a parabolic shape. The action slowly died down to a lull in the middle and slowly increased again up till the end, which in a way is rather clever. The sheer excitement in the beginning will glue everyone to their seats, so the slight break in action would not be strong enough to propel people out the cinema. If there's going to be a boring bit, let us get it over with.
Explosions, gunmen, assassins and car chases (I lost count) fill this movie, which will appeal to those seeking out action. Comedy wise, I am unsure it is for everyone, but I personally laughed throughout. A meringue of both action and comedy comes in the scene in Spain when the bulls destroy a load of cars. Brutal beasts they are.
At this point, the ending seems inconceivable. I was intrigued as to how the whole thing "ended", but a slight twist; it isn't really a twist, but what happens in the last five minutes round off this film phenomenally in a cyclic way that leaves you feeling more than satisfied, and laughing as you leave the cinema.
Cameron Diaz- June Havens
Tom Cruise- Roy Miller
Also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Molla and Maggie Grace.
From the opening scene, the two characters' opposing personas are shown. Cameron Diaz does an amazing job playing the role she's most well known for- a funny, strong willed blonde. She is able to recycle not only her hairstyle (she has had this hair for atleast 50% of her movies) but many facial expressions that we can associate with the actress, not limited to the stunned, surprise look where her eyes expand, lips slightly parted and a two second freeze. The comedic actress is perfect for this role and brings comedy into the film.
Tom Cruise on the other hand is well known for his action films (Minority Report, Mission Impossible) and is reunited with Cameron Diaz for the second time; previously they both starred in Vanilla Sky. At 48, Cruise still has what it takes to be an action hero and manages to complete the stunts and fight scenes convincingly.
Although not immediate, the on screen chemistry grows between the pair. Cameron Diaz provides almost all the laughter in this, whilst cruise provides most the action, but both dip into the other's strength to create something spectacular. As seen in the trailer, June Havens does get to be a bit of a femme fatale and that's what gives the film another level of intrigue and excitement. Roy and June become quite a pair; "Bonnie And Clyde" crossed with "Dick And Jane" become Roy and June. When action and comedy come together like this, it is unstoppable.
Knight and Day is pure cinematic gold. The plot is slightly questionable, but when you get Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise to pair up for an action comedy, you can expect nothing but perfection, which is what we get for this movie. I loved both the action scenes and the comedy, laughing my way through, all the way till the end. I don't think I can say anymore, except wonder when this will be out on DVD.