Knight and Day

Summer just got a whole lot steamier. Sexy, fast and fun to core, Knight and Day is an action-packed ride that embodies everything a warm-weather movie should be. From high-speed chases to big explosions and bad guys to skin-baring bikinis, the film restores Tom Cruise to his natural habitat and thrives on the chemistry between him and co-star Cameron Diaz.

Cruise plays Roy Miller, a secret agent gone rogue after a set-up that has him on the run. As he hits the road to set the record straight, he encounters June Havens (Diaz), who gets swept up in his messy game of intrigue that leaves a trail of bodies behind. The two get cozy on a particularly bloody flight to Boston: She with googly eyes and a cocktail, he with airborne fighting skills.

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In these early scenes, each star steps up to the plate to do what they do best. Diaz is all girlie and goofy and California blonde, while Cruise oozes with the charm that won our hearts in the first place (Katie who?). Bonus, ladies! He’s been working on his abs — big-time. Still, it’s all fun and games until bullets fly for real. Soon, fun-killing feds tell June that her gun-slinging hottie is actually psychotic, while pretty-boy Roy insists he was framed. June will probably die no matter who she believes — so what’s a girl to do?

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Cue romance. While Knight and Day is chock full of big guns and heart-pounding chases, including a particularly awesome motorcycle getaway during the running of the bulls, it’s the dynamic between its mega-watt stars that glues it all together. Gloomy rumors of reshoots and screenwriter overflow have dogged the film for months, but whatever actually happened worked. Light on plot and even lighter on logic, Knight and Day is no Bourne Identity. But with an exhilarating courtship, fight for survival and knowing wit (not to mention pretty stars) the film is the perfect refreshment for a hot, summer night.

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