‘Knight And Day': The Second Coming Of Tom Cruise?

I think we can all agree that Tom Cruise has had a bit of a PR problem in recent years. There’s no need to rehash the details. There’s a world wide web of information out there for you to look it up on your own. I’ll admit too, I was one of the people who veered away from him after the… unpleasantness. I love “Top Gun,” “Risky Business,” the “Mission: Impossible” movies, “The Firm”… any number of his films. But it was time for a break.

Now we have “Knight and Day,” an action-comedy that’s out this week starring Cruise and Cameron Diaz as an unlikely spy duo. Really, Cruise is the spy and Diaz is the sweet, blissfully ignorant woman who is inadvertently drawn into a high-stakes world. I saw the movie late last week and I have to say… I really, really enjoyed it. Cruise and Diaz have good chemistry together, the writing is reasonably strong, the story is popcorn fun and the action is well-choreographed. All of these elements combine into a strong summer blockbuster, one that you’d all not be wasting your money to see.

Between this and the Les Grossman antics at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Cruise seems to be getting himself back out there. And you know what? I’m perfectly okay with that.

“Knight and Day” is classic Cruise. The guy has always had a knack for putting out this calm cool on the screen, able to trade bullets with an army of bad guys while cracking wise and staying smooth the whole damn time. Entire Internet memes are devoted to illustrating his uncanny talent for making running look really cool. He taps into all of that in this latest movie.

The critical response has been mixed, which is unfortunate. Opinion seems to be split right down the middle, with a RottenTomatoes rating of 52%. Like “The A-Team” before it, I think “Knight and Day” is getting a raw deal. It’s nothing new for blockbusters, for which there’s often an inverse relationship between critical response and audience response.

Really, I’m just here to pass along the word that if you’ve ever been a fan of Tom Cruise’s work, forgive, forget and make your way to the theaters this weekend. “Knight and Day” is a good time, and hopefully the start of a resurgence for a talented, if complicated, performer.