December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 22, 2011

Knight and Day (2010)

When it’s over, the title has nothing to do with the plot, which is unfortunate, because titles really do sell the movie to some degree.  Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz reunite (their last film together was Vanilla Sky) to play Roy and June, two people on the run from the US government and international baddies who want to get their hands on a new invented battery that could power an entire city.  Roy's a secret agent thought to have gone rogue and June's a civilian who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Pit these characters together and you get a mix of tongue-and-cheek humor, damsel in distress scenarios, and full-throttle action. Cruise still does most of his own stunts and holds up the persona of "cool" quite well.   Diaz was a bit irritating as the constant complainer, but manages to redeem herself slowly throughout the film as a tough gal who can take a few punches.  The film held my attention only long enough for the credits to roll, and after that...it was quite forgettable.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5

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