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20th August 2010

Summary:



Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this turbo-powered, globetrotting action-comedy.

Normal girl June (Cameron Diaz) has her life turned upside down when she gets mixed up with a super-spy named Miller (Tom Cruise). Their first encounter is on a flight to Boston where June finds herself hiding in the washroom while Miller fights off the crew and passengers - all of whom are assassins - before crash-landing the plane. June then wakes up in her own bed, unharmed and with no idea of how she got there. Heading for a dress fitting for the wedding of her sister Alice (Maggie Grace), she finds herself bundled into an unmarked car by a team of sinister men who seem to be government agents. That's when Miller intervenes again, and June ends up joining him on a glamorous, globetrotting and awesomely dangerous adventure, where nothing and no one - even the now fugitive couple - are what they seem.

Review:

I can't imagine how this got past the studio bosses, or who took a look at the finished screenplay (after all the rewrites and different writers) and said "This is great!

Tired spy story remake, bad plot with huge holes in it; the title is never even explained. Terrible "witty" dialogue that no one would say in real life, and a body count in the hundreds.

However the main, huge, turnoff for me was the "running joke" of the Diaz character being drugged, undressed and dressed, to wake up in another country because "she wasn't handling" the carnage well. Drugging and dragging an unconscious woman without her permission and consent across borders is not "romantic", it's human trafficking. It just makes Tom Cruise and his movie character more creepy.

As for the rest, imagine a joke told by someone with no sense of humor, and romance between two cardboard figures. For those who like such things, there are lots of gunshots, dead bodies and explosions.