Director James Mangold can make a serious film with extra twists for a grown-up audience. His credits include "Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma" and the offbeat thriller "Identity." In "Knight and Day" he adds a touch of Alfred Hitchcock and James Bond to his high-energy mix.
He combines action with romantic comedy for a modern version of classic films like "North by Northwest" or "Arabesque." Cary Grant and Gregory Peck play the cool characters at the center of those stories. Tom Cruise does a credible job playing a 21st century man of international intrigue. Cameron Diaz is the hot babe who stumbles into the hyperbolic plot and gets swept away on impossible adventures.
In a story like this, implausible developments are expected. Many strange turns and a nasty double-cross occur. High-speed chases and last-minute rescues abound. But there's also genuine humor and enough quiet time to provide welcome relief. The growing chemistry between Cruise and a maturing Diaz make it all very entertaining. This enterprise is a cut above the usual fare of this type. For fans of this genre, it's worth a summertime look and a big bag of popcorn.