"Knight and Day" has so much cliched action it could be called "Action Movie: 101."
Tom Cruise is Roy Miller, a rogue federal agent who is trying to protect Simon Feck (Paul Dano, "There Will Be Blood"), a young inventor who made an everlasting battery everyone is trying to get their hands on.
Cameron Diaz is June Havens, a woman who happens to meet Roy on an ill-fated flight. Roy kills all the passengers, including the pilots, and manages to safely crash land the plane in a corn field.
Roy calmly tells June she should forget what happened and not to tell anyone she met him. He drugs her, in one of many drugging episodes, and June wakes up in her bed wondering if the plane crash really happened.
June continues to be mixed up with Roy and his killing sprees as he works to protect Simon and the super battery.
For some reason, Roy is protecting June from any harm, including all the bad guys after him and the federal agents who keep putting her in custody to find out what she knows.
She, of course, falls in love with Roy, and happily goes along with all of his crazy, violent action-packed trips to Spain, a remote island and Italy. Roy kills people with ease, jumps from building to building, and is an expert pilot and boat operator.
Meanwhile, Simon is also along for the ride, playing a young, naive, extremely intelligent inventor.
Peter Sarsgaard is Fitzgerald, a federal agent who used to work with Roy, who is trying to capture his former co-worker. He's rather boring in this film, not at all continuing his great acting from the awesome "An Education."
Viola Davis is Director George, the federal agent boss who is also trying to catch Roy. She also puts out an unmemorable performance, nothing like her award-winning character in "Doubt."
Roy doesn't have a lot of emotion in this film, and when June lamented after a time apart that it didn't seem Roy was excited to see her, Roy replied by robotically walking over to her and giving her a kiss. I didn't buy it at all.
Cameron Diaz was pretty much a mindless pawn in Tom Cruise's action scenes. Every time things get interesting, Roy drugs June so she won't cause any trouble.
All of the mindless action scenes and not a lot of substance make "Knight and Day" just a so-so watch.
James Mangold has several impressive films under his directing belt, including "3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line" and "Girl, Interrupted."
I wonder: What happened with "Knight and Day"? I'm blaming it on first-time film screenplay-writer Patrick O'Neill.
"Knight and Day"
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Simon Feck, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis
Running time: 109 minutes.