Sometimes all it takes for a movie to go from formulaic to fun is some good ol' star power. Knight And Day is an old fashioned romantic spy thriller with today's over caffeinated action sequences and CG assistance thrown in. It would all bereport this review for TOS violationpletely ridiculous if it wasn't for the charisma and underlying nuttiness of one of the biggest Movie stars ever: Tom Cruise.
Cruise plays Roy, a secret agent who kills everyone on a plane then crash lands it, leaving only Cameron Diaz's June, a regular girl who restores vintage cars, alive. This sets off the plot, where Roy and June travel around the world trying to stop the bad guys from getting at some super battery. Along the way, Roy drugs June whenever something too crazy is going to happen (this would be creepy if it wasn't actually funny) and romantic sparks fly.
It's best not to think about this kind of movie in terms of logic. It spirals into insanity pretty quickly. Director James Mangold keeps things speeding along, and populates the film with actors that shouldn't really be appearing in this kind of fluff (but luckily, they are). Really though, the show belongs to Cruise, who reminds us that he actually is a really good actor. That side of him that jumped all over Oprah's couch is the side of him that keeps him a little off center here, and that makes him incredibly watchable. It may not be a great movie, but his performance makes it a fun summer movie.