DIRECTOR: James Mangold
NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? NO
Made in the 1980’s…. no, seriously, this action “comedy” was actually made in 2010! Tom Cruise is paired with Cameron Diaz in this insipid, pointless and dated actioner, with feels more like the 1990 flop, Bird On A Wire, rather than a modern action movie. The characters make no sense, their actions make no sense and the plot is just plain stupid. It feels as if it is trying to post modern, knowingly poking fun at the genre, but instead it just seems to be muddled and confused, with Cruise and Diaz hamming it up enormously.
The action’s CGI driven and the stunts seem to play poorly with it, let alone plot, taking me out of the movie at every turn. Clearly, I didn’t like it but I also dislike Diaz, who is supposedly the best female comedic actress out there but to me, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cruise is just Tom Cruise, playing himself without any effort to conceal this fact, but he’s still got something if you like that sort of thing.
But this is a garish vehicle for the two stars, who seem to be insulting the audience, sniggering behind our backs as to how gullible we must be to be paying good money for this tripe! I can feel this as I watched it but maybe it’s just my paranoia, but it’s true. It is a waste of time and money.
Comedy thrillers are a tough concept to pull off and there’s no doubt that this wasn’t a success story, it was a Greek tragedy!