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'Knight and Day' doesn't disappoint Film Fans

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2 1/2 out of 4 stars

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s awesome chemistry and funny predicaments prove to be a winning formula for escape and mystery.

Although you must take this movie, which is nearly over the top, with a grain of salt, it entertains and leaves you feeling good.

And Diaz is a very charming and engaging actress that fits Cruise to a T.

Along the way Cruise kills a slew of bad guys by air, sea and land. Cruise is the great Houdini who seems invincible in his ability to rob death and totally frustrate Diaz.

As the movie plods along, you begin to like the two stars as they start to believe in each other despite Cruise’s James Bond lifestyle.

The story, while adequate, suffers somewhat from some inane casting decisions in the supporting cast, which border on awful and require nearly all the heavy work to fall on the two main stars.

In addition, the beginning is very confusing as the audience tries to figure out Cruise’s role and character. But by the end all is well and you’re left with a decent way to spend some time with your honey.

— Rick Wright, Auburn

2 1/2 out of 4 stars

I am not a fan of Tom Cruise but I did enjoy “Knight and Day.”

It is good summer entertainment.

While definitely light fare, it is funny and well-paced (I never checked the time) with enough action, adventure and a bit of mystery to keep you interested. Tom Cruise’s slightly loony character works and is comical because it is not overdone.

While Cruise and Cameron Diaz work well together during the action/adventure portions of the movie, there is no romantic chemistry so the few attempts at romance are awkward.

The action scenes and special effects are eye-catching and there is a comical element throughout the movie, even during action scenes.

All of the above, combined with witty dialogue, make this a “go-see” movie.

— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

This is a typical summer action film and it does not disappoint.

The conflict for the leading characters starts immediately. Tom Cruise’s character is a super spy similar to his character in “Mission: Impossible.”

What sets this apart is the addition of Cameron Diaz. Her acting, humor and beauty work perfectly. The combination of the two superstars combined with the quick pace make this well worth your time and money.

This is the escape you want in a summer blockbuster. Although the heroics are contrived at times, it does not distract. The film actually comes up with an interesting way to prevent things from getting corny yet keep the pace moving. I would see this movie again.

— Sean Ahern, Buford