Of course, it’s an open question as to whether or not “we” actually did see Knight and Day, which earned about $20 million over the weekend (half of what Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups made) and about $27 million since it opened last Wednesday. The meaningless title and silhouetted poster certainly didn't help sell the film's blend of spy action and romantic sparks. For that matter,
1. Why did Cruise promote "Les Grossman" so hard ahead of Knight and Day? Cruise's supporting role in Tropic Thunder as a bald, husky, vulgarian movieproducer makes an admirable change of pace, but does the character really deserve his own film? And didn't the past month's Grossman hijinks distract from Knight and Day, rather than draw attention to it?
2. Did Ray know the plane was a trap? When June (Cameron Diaz) gets bumped from the flight, Ray (Tom Cruise) tells her, “Sometimes things happen for a reason.” Later he claims that was a warning, which understandably points out was far too cryptic to work. If he knew it was a trap, why did he go to the trouble of slipping the Zephyr (the film’s MacGuffin, a super-self-recharging battery) into her bags to get it through security? Sure, either the airport authorities or evil agent Per Sarsgaard could've found it on him, but wouldn't it have been even easier to remove it from Ray's person on the confines of an airplane? Why not let June keep the Zephyr indefinitely, or just hide it in the Wichita airport? This one’s really bugging me.
3. What’s with the “safe” words? Shortly after slipping June a mickey, Ray warns her that anyone taking her into custody with assurances that she’ll be “safe” and “secure” mean her harm. We know that Sarsgaard isn’t to be trusted, but would he really be willing to imprison/torture/kill a bystander like June? And why does Viola Davis, presumably the “good” spymaster, use those words to Ray at the end? Does that mean she was evil and wanted to kill him all along? Just how bloodthirsty are the American spies?
4. Why all the killing? On the plane, for instance, Ray incapacitates and often kills his adversaries, most of whom must be real agents given every reason to believe (by Sargaard and Davis) that Ray’s gone rogue. So isn’t it wrong for Ray to kill them — especially over a gizmo that amounts to just a really good battery? The McGuffin doesn't seem to justify the film's fuss. Batman refuses to kill bad guys, and even the Terminator in T2 non-fatally wounded the cops who tried to stop him.
5. Does Ray’s parental surveillance make sense? Several times during the film, Ray’s iPhone goes off (with a “Louie, Louie”) ring tone and a surveillance image of a suburban house. June discovers that the residence belongs to Ray’s parents, who believe he died serving his country. It’s rather touching that Ray wants to keep tabs on Mom and Dad — but how does the phone alert work? Are their motion sensors that go off every time one of his parents leaves the house? Wouldn't that drive him crazy?
6. How did Ray engineer June’s betrayal? Let’s see if I get this straight. In Austria, Ray tells June to stay in the hotel room instead of coming with him. She follows him anyway and overhears his plan to sell the Zephyr to the evil arms dealer. Afterward, Sarsgard and Davis pick her up, and she agrees to betray Ray, who might be bad after all. But apparently Ray intended for her to do all these things, so the agents wouldn't hunt her and she'd willingly go out of harm's way. Wouldn't it have been easier for Ray to ditch her on one of their globetrotting jaunts? And was he crazy to think he could've escaped from all the officers sent to arrest him? (Granted, he IS Tom Cruise, but still.)
7. Could Cameron Diaz play Harley Quinn? This has nothing to with Knight and Day. The idea of a Dark Knight sequel had me wondering if the Joker’s sidekick/girlfriend Harley Quinn would make a good on-screen foil to Christian Bale, and whether Diaz, who's a funny action heroine here and especially in Charlie's Angels, could be scary-funny, too.
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