The Cold Light of Day (2012)



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Movie Info

Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) goes to Spain for a weeklong sailing vacation with his family but his whole world turns upside down when the family is kidnapped by intelligence agents hell-bent on recovering a mysterious briefcase and Will suddenly finds himself on the run. -- (C) Summit Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Price, Scott Wiper, John Petro
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2013
Box Office: $3.7M
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Critic Reviews for The Cold Light of Day

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

Cavill is no substitute for Van Damme, whose self-critical performance gave the earlier movie much of its heft

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The script throws around phrases like "intel," "terrorist" and "rogue operative," but as time bombs go, the briefcase-versus-loved-ones ultimatum barely ticks.

Full Review… | September 10, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Charging $10 for this movie is criminal; vouchers and letters of apology should be handed out at the exit for those stalwart viewers who stick it out to the end.

Full Review… | September 9, 2012
Top Critic

A catastrophe worth noting only for the presence of its name cast.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Defined by needless, frenetic exertion in lieu of anything resembling inspiration.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012
AV Club
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Apes The Bourne Identity so slavishly yet so boringly it winds up with no identity at all.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Cold Light of Day

Want a good look at actor playing the new "Superman"? Then check this out because he(Henry Cavill) is the star, and hopefully he is better at playing the Man of Steel. Here, he is the son of Bruce Willis, and his family gets kidnapped while on vacation in Spain. From there he finds out his dad isn't who he thought he was, and must recover a briefcase and save his family. Cavill has a great look, but he isn't that great of an actor, at least here. Willis isn't in the movie very much, which having more of him would probably have made this better. It's not a very good movie, has a couple good action scenes, and a few good little twists. But overall it just doesn't stay together enough or have much of an impact whatsoever. If you want a light 90 minute action movie, then check it out, because you can do worse. Otherwise, just find something else.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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Excellent Movie where for once its not all about Bruce Willis, Plenty of action throughout the film, great car chase scene. Veronica Echegui is over the top on beauty and acting, as once Sigourney Weaver was but she is far from that now. If you like spy thrillers you will enjoy this one as its set in Spain. 4 1/2 stars 3-8-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


The Cold Light of Day was not what I was hoping it would be, which is a great action packed thriller. Instead it was action packed and just OK. The story was lacking. I just didn't care what was happening or if he saved his family. I know, awful. But I was bored. I shouldn't have been considering all the action surrounding the story, but I was. The acting was just OK as well. I was a little disappointed with how much Bruce we get in the movie as well since he and Weaver were my main reason of seeing the film. In the end the film is a turd that could not be polished with the likes of Willis or Weaver. Disappointing.


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