Knight and Day opens June 23

I’ll begin this review by challenging anyone a buck (hypothetically) to explain the relevance of the title Knight and Day.  While Tom Cruise’s character’s name a.k.a. is Roy Miller and loosely suggests his childhood surname is Knight, I don’t get the “day” correlation.

Whatever happened to the “big summer movie release” for 2010?  Here is a sprinkling of films categorized the top domestic or worldwide memorable summer blockbusters including one soon to open.  Hopefully, more than a few will jostle your memory.

“Easy Rider” (1969) “Jaws” (1975) “Star Wars” (1977) “E.T.” (1982) “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) “Return of the Jedi” (1983) “Ghostbusters” (1984) “Die Hard” (1988) “Empire Strikes Back” (1990) “Jurassic Park” (1993) “The Lion King” (1994) “Forrest Gump” (1994) “Mission Impossible” (1996) “Independence Day” (1996) “Star Wars” trilogy (1999-2002-2005) “Spider-Man (2002) “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2007) “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” (2007) “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” (2009) “The Twilight Saga” (opening June 2010).

A lot of people have very high expectations for Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  The odds are they would have been better off going it alone versus coupling together, which was a recipe for disaster with a clear and distinct lack of chemistry between the two of them!  Case in point, Cruise’s hair never moves.  Is it any wonder that Diaz couldn’t run her fingers through it?  If you’re looking for a forgettable film, a script full of holes and overblown special effects, all for the protection of a Zephyr battery, then maybe this movie is for you.  Let’s see — there was a commercial airplane flown by dead pilots, fast trains, helicopters, seaplanes, and motorcycle stunts beyond blue screen believable.  My guess is this will be offered in your local big box movie rental location quicker than you can hit the popcorn button on your microwave in the comfort of your own home.

The good news, Knight and Day only lasts 102 minutes, the trailer and some brief and memorable highlights of a restored circa 1966 classic GTO.   The bad news is that it isn’t funny, romantic, adventurous or clever and a total waste of talent that in my opinion will never enter the celluloid/digital blockbuster list.


Heidi Nast

Heidi Nast is the Executive Director of the Arts Engagement Foundation of Kansas City and Co-Founder of KC Studio Magazine.

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