Movie Review - 'Knight And Day' - Tom Cruise, Firmly In Control Think Tom Cruise's movie-star luster was lost forever after the actor jumped on Oprah's couch -- and, some said, off the deep end? Think again. Cruise is in top action-hero form in Knight And Day, a spy-vs.-spy comedy that critic Kenneth Turan calls "the most entertaining made-for-adults studio movie of the summer."
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Tom Cruise, Firmly In Control In 'Knight And Day'

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Tom Cruise, Firmly In Control In 'Knight And Day'

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

OK. Is "Knight and Day" worth seeing? Here's film critic Kenneth Turan.

KENNETH TURAN: Why is everyone giving Tom Cruise such a hard time? Can't we just forget about what happened on Oprah's couch? Does the movie business have so many stars that it can afford to eat its young? I don't think so.

If you doubt Cruise's skills in the star department,�"Knight and Day"�will make you a believer. This is by no means a perfect film, but it is the most entertaining made-for-adults studio movie of the summer. And the reason it works is Tom Cruise. He is secret agent Roy Miller, someone who does everything better when he's wearing sunglasses.

(Soundbite of movie, "Knight and Day")

Mr. TOM CRUISE (As Roy Miller): I have contained the situation.

Ms. CAMERON DIAZ (As June Havens): Situation?

Mr. CRUISE: Yeah. We've lost the pilots.

Ms. DIAZ: Where did they go?

Mr. CRUISE: I mean, they're dead.

(Soundbite of laughter)

TURAN: "Knight and Day"�is a romantic thriller that very much wants to duplicate the success of Alfred Hitchcock entertainments like "North By Northwest"�and�"To Catch A Thief."�It co-stars Cameron Diaz, who supplies her own kind of charisma as the innocent bystander who gets in way over her head in spy-versus-spy shenanigans.

(Soundbite of movie, "Knight and Day")

Mr. CRUISE (Roy Miller): Air time.

Ms. DIAZ (As June Havens): Air time?

TURAN: "Knight and Day" features a ton of action, including a wild car-motorcycle chase through Seville's winding streets.

(Soundbite of movie, "Knight and Day")

(Soundbite of gunfire)

Mr. CRUISE (As Roy Miller): Take the guns.

Ms. DIAZ: (as June Havens) OK.

TURAN: The film is fortunate to have James Mangold in charge. Mangold directed "Walk The Line" and "3:10 To Yuma." And he's one of the few directors who has an instinct for intelligent popular entertainment. His films don't end up on 10-best lists, but you walk out of them feeling you've gotten what you paid for.

Roy Miller is not only a peerless action machine, he's also an unflappable and unfailingly polite gentleman, always ready with a comforting remark or a compliment, no matter how chaotic the situation. Cruise's charming facility, with Miller's deadpan spyside manner, is this film's secret weapon - and yet another reason why we should put Oprah's couch in storage once and for all.

MONTAGNE: Kenneth Turan reviews movies for MORNING EDITION and the Los Angeles Times.

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