Unfortunately I felt that Cruise and Diaz are both getting a little old to play these sorts of roles, it may have been more enjoyable with a younger cast. Anyway you wonder about the future of Hollywood, because you feel it can only recycle this plot so many times. The chases and explosions are top-of-the range and it's the type of film that Hollywood used to be very good at making. Unfortunately it contains no real surprises and I felt as if I had seen it all before - similar plots were used in Mission Impossible 3 and also the Bourne Identity. Infact the opening theme music makes you feel like you are watching some psychological thriller, but then never goes there. The romance comes off feeling forced from the moment June (Cameron Diaz) peps herself up in the toilet of an airplane while Roy (Tom Cruise); her soon to be beau in Roy-Romantic dating, is busily killing people. And that is where most of the romance stays for the rest of the movie, in an airplane toilet. The biggest flaw is the writing actually. What I was hoping for was a smart, sexy, and engaging screenplay, resulting in some clever banter between Diaz and Cruise. That's what I was so excited about. The trailers would make you believe that Cruise would play a more comical role than Diaz, which is true to some extent, but he didn't live up to what I was hoping for. He had some flashes of genius, only to be outdone by some rather terrible lines.
When I go to the theaters and watch a movie, I usually have expectations that I hope will be met. I'm not expecting any exemplary acting, fantastic writing, and A-grade dialogue, but at the very least I want to leave the theater thinking, "Well, it wasn't that bad". See it in a good mood with low expectations and you might be well enough convinced that it's light rather than stupid, fun rather than ridiculous, charming and cute rather than manufactured and plastic.
2 / 5 – Just an Ok.