First Posted: 7/14/2010 5:52:37 PM | Last Updated: 7/14/2010 10:52:40 AM
June Havens (Cameron Diaz) has no idea her “chance” encounter with charming stranger, Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) was no accident. After staking her out in a busy airport, Roy, a rogue secret agent, has picked June to help him get some kind of super-secret electronic gizmo through security and onto a plane.
Somehow, June ends up in a nearly empty jet with Roy and a couple of other creepy-looking passengers. With romance on her mind, June goes to the restroom to freshen up. As June’s making plans for the remainder of the flight, however, Roy is taking care of all the other passengers. When June returns, Roy calmly tells her that everyone else, including the pilots, is dead. Ditzy June thinks it’s a joke, but finally her hilarity turns to panic, as Roy must land the plane in a field somewhere.
Roy tells June that agents will be looking for her, telling her he’s crazy, but that she should beware, particularly if they tell her she’s being taken to a safe, secure place. That means they’re going to kill her. Then he drugs her, and when next we see June, she’s back at home, getting ready for her sister’s wedding.
When government agents arrive to get June to that “safe, secure place”, she’s in a panic, particularly when the bullets start flying. Roy pops up to protect the girl he’s placed in danger, and from then on, it’s a race to find Simon Feck (Paul Dano), inventor of the super battery thing-y that everyone wants. Complete with spies, agents, arms dealers and assassins, everybody’s after Roy and June. As they take flight around the world, June begins to trust Roy again, but is he the charmer or the nutcase, the hero or the traitor?
Although the plot is rather thin and convoluted, there’s a lot of terrific action in this film. And there are, of course, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. These two have a great rapport on the screen, and you want to see it come out OK for them. With their twin mega-watt smiles, these two stars are completely and totally entertaining. Diaz’s ditzy and panicky blonde, has “skills” as Roy tells her, and Cruise’s matter-of-fact spy has a way of making you want to like him, even if he is more than a little weird.
Supporting players Peter Sarsgaard as Agent Fitzgerald, Viola Davis as Director George, Jordi Molla as arms dealer, Antonio, and Marc Blucas as June’s former boyfriend, Rodney, are all wonderfully normal in comparison to the wacky main characters.
The sound track is also enjoyable, particularly the Black Eyed Peas with “Someday” the movie’s theme song.
I truly enjoyed the film, and found it quite an entertaining romantic/comedy. I would consider it an adult movie, because there are a lot of people getting killed here, and the audience is laughing. For the most part, however, it’s not graphically violent, and while there is sexual innuendo and language, there are no overt sex scenes.
All in all, it’s a fun couple of hours of escapist entertainment. I, for one, didn’t regret the price of the ticket.