I just saw Knight and Day and in a summer notably lacking in quality, this one stands out as being the worst film in terms of the script and editing. The 2 and a half minute trailer was better than the entire film. In the film a rogue FBI agent, Roy Millerand the FBi, steals a never-ending battery that looks like the generic D Energizer kind. June, a hapless bystander, gets caught up in the action. Together they must keep the battery safe while on the run from arms dealers and the FBI.
In editing class you’re taught that if a movie is well edited then you won’t question the loopholes until hours later when you’re at home, hence the term refrigerator moment. Quite apropos when you consider Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. In Knight and Day, however, I started questioning the flick while it was still playing.
For starters, whenever characters would mention anything of importance, it was never once brought up again or answered in any kind of way. None of the characters had any semblance of a back story. There was no time limit set for the mission, no sense of urgency, and no one saved anything, much less the world. In essence the film lacked discernible goals. This film brings new meaning to the term, “We’ll fix it in post”.
What follows is a list of questions. I would say there are spoilers, but since there are absolutely zero twists, turns, or creativity in the script, there are no spoilers. Anyone who can answer these questions solely based on the film will receive a highly valued, Flickcast Certified No. Prize. Go ahead smarty pants, make my day.
1. What is June’s job?
2. When did Roy Miller find time to buy June a whole new wardrobe that fits her to a T while jet-setting around the globe?
3. Why did June refer to Matthew Knight as Roy Miller after learning his real name?
4. Why didn’t June ever bring up that she met Roy Miller’s parents?
5. Why did it say “Motion Activated” on Roy Miller’s phone but every time he took a look at his GPS tracer it was in the same location?
6. If Roy Miller was so heavily wanted and the headline of TV News, how did he cross international borders so easily while carrying an unconscious woman who people think is his hostage?
7. Who was Naomi, the woman Roy Miller talked about selling the never-ending battery to in the café?
8. Why was Naomi never brought up again?
9. What was the teenage prodigy’s back story, or for that matter, Roy’s and June’s?
10. How come the FBI and some arms dealers were the only people after the never-ending battery?
11. What were the arms dealers going to do with the battery… power a planet-destroying laser?
12. Why weren’t any major corporations, power companies, green environmentalists, and/or Captain Planet and the Planeteers after the never-ending battery?
13. Why was the explosion at the end so small when the battery had enough power for an entire city?
14. Why did the FBI take back Roy Miller as an agent after he killed dozens of their agents?
15. How was one assassin able to still fight like a lion after being stabbed in the heart when other bad guys were killed instantly by any wound inflicted on them from either Roy or June?
Compared to Knight and Day, A-Team is Oscar-worthy. The film would have made much more sense if instead of a never-ending battery, it was a teleportation device. At least that would explain how they were able to travel without passing customs and at the speed of light.
In rewriting the story, I would have Roy Miller initially perceived as a bad guy. He steals the battery from the FBI and attempts to sell it to the highest bidder. June would appear hapless but really be an undercover agent in disguise. Roy spills his secret that he’s really selling the battery in order to use the money to secure the teenage inventor’s freedom. June then reveals herself to be an agent and goes rogue herself. In the end the battery could be sold to a corporation who gives it away as free energy. The last scene of the film would take place at June’s sister’s wedding where Roy and June would escape the FBI in her fully restored GTO.
The only reason anyone should view this film is if they’re critically reviewing it for an editing class on what not to do. Anyone even thinking of paying money to see this should instead watch the trailer 3 times and rent a copy of The Saint, which has the same premise, only well executed.
Here’s hoping you had more luck than I did in discerning the answers from this film. I will be astonished if anyone is able to make rhyme or reason of the film. Good luck, the No. Prize’s are waiting for you!