We may have been singing the praises of Ponyo in out Best Movie of 2010 countdown but now it’s time to turn our attention to the Worst Movies of 2010... and it’s Knight & Day that is in at eight.
Released this summer the movie, which is directed by James Mangold, sees Tom Cruise reunite with his Vanilla Sky co-star Cameron Diaz.
Knight and Day follows a fugitive couple (Cruise and Diaz) on a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one - even themselves - are what they seem.
Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.
In what was a disappointing summer for the blockbusters this is yet another movie that limped onto the big screen with of a whimper than a bang.
Sadly there is very little right about Knight & Day and it just appears to be a vehicle for Cruise to show off that he does his own stunts - can you believe that we are going to have to suffer another Mission Impossible movie?
Now I admit that I’m not a Cruise fan, in fact I can’t stand him, so that automatically sets the movie off on the wrong foot but it’s a performance that we are seeing time and time gain from the actor - it’s quite frankly getting a little dull.
Diaz does the best with what she has given - this sees her character go from ditzy blond to gun toting chick in the space of about ninety minutes.
I’m sorry but the chemistry between the pair seems fake and forced and this does nothing to help the authenticity of Roy and June’s budding and slightly predictable romance.
Yes the film is as deep as a puddle with no character development whatsoever and is more interested in filming in swanky locations and big set pieces.
Director James Mangold is clearly trying to take a leaf out of Jason Bourne’s book, but sadly falling way short - the story isn’t as complex and the lead character of Roy Miller is no where near as interesting.
It’s hard to believe that Mangold is a director who has brought us great movies such as Walk The Line and 3:10 To Yuma in recent years as this is so poor.
The story is a jumbled mess it’s incredibly poorly written and it all depends on a series of big shoot out set pieces that could have been plucked for any movie in this genre.
Knight & Day feels like it was made for the sake of it and no real thought ever went into it past some big explosions and two big named stars.
This had the potential to be a rip-roaring ride but sadly it fails to live up to expectations and you will forget about it as soon as the credits roll.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw