Movie #113 Knight and Day
(2010, US, d. James Mangold)
Why do people hate Tom Cruise? Can’t we just get over what he believes? Or how he acted one afternoon in 2004? Can’t we just appreciate him for what he is: an actor. And a pretty good one, too. I’ll admit it: Tom Cruise is my favorite actor. Do I think he’s the most talented? No. But what I think he brings to the table is a commitment, charm, enthusiasm, and star quality unrivaled by the professional actors around him. Knight and Day, though, was a flop even before it hit theaters. Surveys and pre-screenings all deemed the film a sure-to-be failure and according to these average Joe pundits the biggest liability: it’s star, Tom Cruise. Sure, going in to the film I am biased, but it’s hard for me to understand why everyone seems so attached to find flaws in this film. It’s pretty obvious to me in the first 4 minutes that this film does not even take itself seriously. It’s part fantasy. In the first half hour we see Cruise kill everyone aboard a plane, flirt with a girl, crash land a plane in the middle of an Appalachian farm, hijack a police motorbike, jump over a freeway ramp, blow up cars holding on to the roof of a terribly driven car while flirting with a girl, and jumping on-ramp to on-ramp as he saves the day. Yet everyone still seems to comment on the film’s unrealism. If you take this film for what it’s worth, I think it is one of the best rides of 2010. It’s funny, action-packed, and filled to the brim with moments of Cruise showing off all his superstar glamor. What’s not to love?
P.S. Mission Impossible 4 hits theaters December 16, 2011.