September 7, 2012
Critics Consensus: The Words Doesn't Know What To Say
This week at the movies, we?ve got a literary fraud (The Words, starring Bradley Cooper and ZoŽ Saldana) and a kidnapping plot (The Cold Light of Day, starring Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis). The Words is an ambitious film with an undeniably intriguing premise: how does someone rationalize reaping the rewards of a big con? Unfortunately, critics say The Words is mostly a missed opportunity ? despite the best efforts of its talented cast, the film is elaborately structured but rarely emotionally fulfilling. Not all globetrotting spy thrillers are created equal. Take, for example, The Cold Light of Day, which critics say borrows liberally from the Taken and Bourne playbooks without adding much.