Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in Knight and Day (2 stars)

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in Knight and Day

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this summer's Mr. & Mrs. Smith

‘I’m the guy!’ smirks madcap assassin Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) to mousey June Havens (Cameron Diaz) as he kidnaps her at gunpoint from a Boston cafe. Sadly, on the evidence of James Mangold’s pumped-up spy thriller, Cruise has little to be so cocky about – the toothy smile may be intact, but this mix of fake CGI and even faker romance never lets either star shine.

Blandly reprising his Ethan Hunt persona in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Cruise plays Miller, a seemingly indestructible spy who has a chance encounter at a Kansas airport with the dowdy Havens. Taking her off-track from her sister’s wedding, the dental, mental twosome battle against various anonymous baddies, including a slumming Peter Sarsgaard, who continually narrows his eyes and looks off-screen as if searching for a face-saving exit.

Knight and Day reputedly went through more rewrites than Snow White had dwarves, and the result shows little in the way of a unifying purpose; Diaz flusters while Cruise dons shades and bloodlessly shoots down extras in a poor imitation of Doug Liman’s superior Mr & Mrs Smith.
General release from Fri 6 Aug.


Knight and Day

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • USA
  • 1h 49min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Written by: Patrick O'Neill
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz

Cruise's turn as madcap assassin Roy Miller is sadly nothing more than a reprise of his 'Mission Impossible' persona, while his kidnapee, Diaz, flusters her way through the film. This pumped-up spy thriller is a mix of fake CGI and faker romance, allowing neither star to shine.