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Preview review: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in 'Knight and Day'

March 31, 2010 |  4:56 pm

Cruise When we first watched the trailer for "Knight and Day," we wondered whether Tom Cruise was really acting, or instead just revisiting the loopy persona he's established over the last couple of years.

In the new film, out in June, Cruise plays Milner, a government agent who takes June (Cameron Diaz) out on a blind date. Soon, June discovers that Milner may have been hiding his true identity and she is pulled into his dangerous globe-trotting adventures. Meanwhile, a federal agent (Peter Sarsgaard) is trying to convince June that Milner is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and has recently suffered "a full-blown break from reality."

But Cruise's character here seems eerily similar to a certain persona he's employed in the past. At one point, right as Milner abducts June, he assertively tells the man sharing a dinner table with her, "Please, for your own safety, please stay in the booth." It's just the type of condescending tone of voice Cruise had during his now-infamous interview with the "Today" show's Matt Lauer, in which he told the host, "Here's the problem. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do."

In fact, much of the trailer seems recycled. Diaz, as usual, is all too breathy and giggly and ditsy and wide-eyed to be taken seriously. Really, how many times now has she taken on the dumb-blond-who-becomes-savvy role?

Then there are the cliched action scenes we've seen a million times: the car chases that result in gun wielding, the death-defying escapes through curvy streets, the formerly innocent woman who quickly learns how to handle hardware like a pro. Plus, there's a fugitive odd couple who will defy the odds and probably end up together, a la "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," or "The Bourne Identity."

Interestingly enough, Cruise seems to be the best part of the film. Maybe that's because he does the crazy maniac so well. Will "Knight and Day" offer something new to audiences, or is this just more of the same tried-and-true action film formula? Vote with your fingers.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in "Knight and Day." Credit: 20th Century Fox

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Yes, Tom Cruise is acting an charactor called Milner, aloopy government agent.

Cruise's scientology antics have made it impossible for me to believe any of his movie characters any more.
How many scientologists were involved in making this film? I understand the guy in the diner is, and many of the crew. Did they all get paid $50 like the other scientology workers in California?

Wow. Can't believe you were able to squeeze a pop-culture cereal reference in there! I'm impressed and hungry.

I really like the trailer. I think your article is stupid. Just enjoy the movie will ya?!

I can completely separate an actors real life antics with their on-screen persona. Some actors don't have a lot of range and they seem to play the same sort of character for a variety of movies. So if its Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise - whatever they've done to embarrass themselves in real life, does not affect my viewing experience.

Ms. Kaufman,

Are you writing an article about the movie or how much you apparently hate Tom Cruise?
Who gives is a crap about an actors personal life? We all have problems , we all have quirks.
Movies are about entertainment. If Cruise does a good job at keeping an audience entertained, then he has done his job.

Chill out and relax.

Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. Remember when they used to be stars?

Why are you reviewing an action-comedy as if you expect it to be art house; and isn't it a little hypocritical to complain about seeing something a million times and then turn around and harsh on Cruise for the Matt Lauer interview? It would be nice to run across a blogger with an original thought once in a while.

Cruise and Diaz go good together ,they are irresitable and make a good team ,sort of like Cagney and Virginia Mayo

It's just entertainment. Relax. Just enjoy the movie.

how you relate the TODAY SHOW to this movie some 5-10 years ago is stupid. how do you make a living at this.

Why shouldn't actors be judged on the antics they perform in their personal lives? Everyone else on the planet is. Actors don't deserve an automatic free pass. If they act like idiots and arrogant know-it-alls in their professional lives in a public forum, they will be called on it, just like anybody else. It's got nothing to do with "hate", that's ridiculous. It has to do with judging behavior and deciding whether to reward it with our pocketbooks. Or our votes. Or not.

Relax. Tom Cruise has made a bunch of great movies - at least I know if I see his movie it will usually be worth the 12 bucks for entertainment. I don't give a crap what he does in his own life, especially when I am trying to go somewhere to suspend reality for a couple of hours.

Besides, who the hell could have a normal life with so much attention and while having every moment recorded - it would be hell. I don't know who would survive that kind of scrutiny. Maybe you Amy Kaufman - but I would doubt it as one little movie preview revealed a little line of bitterness that must trace down to something.

There is such a critical element in some areas of the Internet now and it can be so tiring. Just give me some bubblegum and balloons once in awhile.

I can't imagine that you can get all of this out of the trailer!!and if u can as a great detective u r,u can't expect us to vote for it with out watching the movie,neverthless,Action-Comedy movies are that way it's not a Dicken's story,it's like a crazy thing happening that takes you out of you daily systmatic life.For sure we're not going to critize the actors for this,R we?!!

This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and
needs to be appreciated by everyone.
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I hope to see Josh Holloway take the light from Cruise. We need to see more of Josh Holloway!


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