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Knight and Day

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are perhaps two of the most pleasant stars to watch on screen,and it is precisely them who lift this run-of-the-mill film.

DIRECTOR: James Mangold

CAST: Tom Cruise,Cameron Diaz,Peter Sarsgaard

Rating: ****

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are perhaps two of the most pleasant stars to watch on screen,and it is precisely them who lift this run-of-the-mill film,about a secret agent on the run from his own agency and a woman who gets caught in the middle,to a surprisingly enjoyable caper.

There’s nothing more highbrow than a battery with everlasting power; little more conspiratorial than two spies,one of whom has sold out; and no more bad guys than a Spanish arms dealer with a fondness for gardens.

Cruise as “rogue” agent Roy Miller and Diaz as June Havens click from the word go,and while that is in the middle of a plane which is going down,we are ready to believe it all. As Roy is getting rid of the agents sent to get him on the plane,June is making herself pretty inside the plane toilet. She walks out,hair fluffed up,breasts thrust out,breath freshened up and kisses him. Few actresses,especially one as attractive as Diaz,can make that work with just the right dash of innocence and daring-do. And sure enough it puts a smile on every face in the theatre.

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Of course,little of Knight and Day actually makes sense. Starting from that plane sequence—can the CIA actually use a passenger plane to take down a rogue spy?—to the numerous shootouts and car crashes that are par course for a film of this nature,and,not to forget,an island that Roy calls ‘home’. Really? An agent on government salary?

But here’s where star power comes in. Do you really want any of the other stuff laid out for you? There are some films which are just meant to be enjoyed,not reasoned with or argued against. If in the process,you get to see Cruise and Diaz do essentially what they do best—succeed at impossible missions in Raybans and on Ducatis,and keep grinning those grins—that’s a bonus.

shalini.langer@expressindia.com