KNIGHT AND DAY
starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard
screenplay by Patrick O'Neill
directed by James Mangold
starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider
screenplay by Adam Sandler & Fred Wolf
directed by Dennis Dugan
by Ian Pugh Knight and Day isn't really a movie so much as an amateur screenwriting exercise: the cardinal rule is maintaining momentum, and if that momentum should come at the ironic price of interest or excitement then so be it. It's true that lots of things happen in this movie--lots of car chases and stunts and rapid-fire dialogue and whiplash changes in scenery--and director James Mangold even has the decency to sometimes hold a shot for more than five seconds. But despite this flurry of activity, you never actually watch or experience the picture--you observe it, like an ant farm or a goldfish bowl, looking for some magical insight that simply isn't there. Knight and Day is cute, fluffy, feather-light, and utterly, instantly forgettable. Let's just cut to the chase and say that, should Tom Cruise ever propel himself back into the public consciousness, this ain't gonna be the way he does it.