Synopsis: A woman accidentally gets involved with a spy and must flee the country with him to protect a dangerous piece of technology.
Release Date: June 23, 2010 MPAA Rating: PG-13
This is just a good old fashioned action movie. The twists and turns are no big shock and the plot seemingly generic. What gives it an edge is the slightly cooky, not exactly all together or traditional, CIA agent Roy Miller (Tom Cruise). He is not the run of the mill serious agent. When he gets June (Cameron Diaz) wrapped up into his mission he treats the entire thing with casual, humorous, and at times flirtatious, sarcasm. Roy (Cruise) and June (Diaz) make an enjoyable pair with enough chemistry from all angles but leaving most of the expected romantic entanglements to a bare minimum. What matters in this movie, and makes it work for the most part, is how well Roy and June work together. Even if she spends a great deal of time getting them into predicaments they could have avoided. They are an unlikely pair at first but as time goes by the two of them together begins to make more and more sense. As a viewer you look forward to what will come next; even when you know exactly what it will be. The movie is a piece of escapism, providing enough of every needed ingredient to make the time fly by while keeping your attention in check.
It does not take long for the action to kick in and it barely lets up throughout. With an onslaught of explosions, rapid gun fire, hand to hand combat (in some interesting places I may add) and of course, a plethora of car chases you will not be disappointed. Both Cruise and Diaz get in on the action. June (Diaz), coming out of her shell to show her unknown skills with weaponry and Roy (Cruise), a professional who proves, after years of service, he still has the moves to rival any foe that gets in his way. He also has the great ability to interject conversation with June while pummeling another; building on his likability and their easy connection with each other. With all of the action going on the film consistently brings a level of humor and undeniable caring between the two main characters and in turn makes the audience member all the more happy to be barreling through the streets of Spain on a motorcycle, tearing up the freeways of Boston, or narrowly escaping a tropical island explosion.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): James MangoldSteve PinkJoe Roth
- Producer(s): Patrick O’Neill’
- Screenwriter(s): Tom Cruise (Roy Miller)Cameron Diaz (June Havens)Peter Sarsgaard (Fitzgerald)
- Story: Viola Davis (Director George)
- Cast: Quincy Z. GundersonPhedon PapamichaelAndrew Menzies
- Cinematographer: John Powell
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