The weekend movie box office numbers are out and “Knight and Day” ranked third behind Disney’s “Toy Story 3” and Adam Sandler’s “Grown-Ups.” It got only a third of the business of “Toy Story 3” and about half compared to “Grown-Ups.” After seeing it, I’ll say “what a shame” and hope you get a chance to go see it.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz accomplished a few things with their on-screen performances that brought more inspiration and enjoyment than what you might usually find in an action flick. I love movies that inspire, and while this one certainly wasn’t any kind of religious or faith-based movie, it contained the following redemptive themes:
Protection and Provision. More than any other movie I’ve seen in awhile, an every day person ran into a, well, specialist who was committed to accomplishing his agenda while being careful to take care of someone whose help he needed. He knew what she needed before she needed it and took care of it.
Humility. How often is this actually modeled in a movie? The cocky persona of “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and the “Mission: Impossible” franchise was humble enough here to be almost unrecognizable.
Sacrifice. Without going into Spoiler Alert, there’s a great portrayal of of one’s willingness to sacrifice what is dear for the sake of a higher service.
Loyalty. Even amidst tough odds, loyalty wins out over the usual bottom line (money) or the next usual bottom line (fear).
Authenticity. For a comedy action semi-farce, the characters played by Cruise and Diaz offer a whole lot more of the transparency than is usually found in a flick like this.
“Knight and Day” was a fun little inspiration that featured mostly clean language (only one F-bomb hence the PG-13), no sex and some un-graphic video game violence. When big name stars are doing movies like this, it behooves people of faith to spend the money and go see ’em, so the movie industry will choose to churn out more. This is a nice summer ride.