Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Knight & Day

Okay, the summer continues to be one of the worst on record. Can Tom Cruise even save it? I know a lot of people hate Tom Cruise. It is the fashionable thing to do. But he can act when he wants to. His latest is Knight and Day (ignore the title, it only makes 'half sense). The story of an everyday girl getting mixed up with a possibly looney tunes spy.

First, they don't keep the plot point up on "is he a rogue agent" up for nearly long enough. On most plot points, they only build about half a house and then say "okay, go live in it". Is that a bad metaphor? Well, tough. That's how it felt, so that's how I am going to make you feel.

Rumor has it that the original script is hilarious. This feels like everyone was sold on the idea and then they all said "but what if they did this instead...". The other big issue is that even though this is a big budget film, you don't get to see a lot of the action. One of the jokes is that Cameron Diaz' character keeps getting knocked out in the middle of all this action. We see her drift in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile there is a lot of stuff going one. Once, I could see. But they keep going on it. I want to know how Tom got out of being hung upside down and tied up.

The other trouble with this movie is the close up. There are tons of shots of people's faces. To the point where I stopped watching the movie and started thinking "they must have buried the camera in the sand to get that shot". There are no medium shots and too few wide shots. It's another case of "let's cover up the action so people just get nauseaous instead.

This may sound like I hated the movie. That's not true. It is mostly forgettable and disappointing, but nothing super terrible. It hasn't saved the summer (I'm looking at you Inception). Worth the price of admission (free).

Did you enjoy it?

Meh. I give it a pass but barely.

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?
Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?
Yes. On a rainy day like today, sure.


Mary said...

You know, I keep saying to myself that I really want to go see a movie. I haven't seen one in the theatre since... uhm I can't even remember. I saw Book of Eli and something else around that time. I want to see something, but I'm just not on fire for anything at all. I thought it was just me, but perhaps it's the movies.

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