The Cold Light of Day


The Cold Light of Day

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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


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Critic Reviews for The Cold Light of Day

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

    Sep 14, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The script throws around phrases like "intel," "terrorist" and "rogue operative," but as time bombs go, the briefcase-versus-loved-ones ultimatum barely ticks.

    Sep 10, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 9, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A catastrophe worth noting only for the presence of its name cast.

    Sep 7, 2012 | Rating: 1/5
  • Defined by needless, frenetic exertion in lieu of anything resembling inspiration.

    Sep 7, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

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  • Apes The Bourne Identity so slavishly yet so boringly it winds up with no identity at all.

    Sep 7, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cold Light of Day

  • Dec 30, 2013
    Henry Cavill's performance is the best reason to watch this film. The Man of Steel, in a pre-Superman role, shines as an action hero. The film reminded me of movies like Taken and Frantic. It needed a rewrite. Bruce Willis was miscast as Cavill's father. They have no on screen chemistry together. Willis's character wasn't well developed and his backstory needed to be elaborated. I think he did the film only for the paycheck. Cavill is great here. Sigourney Weaver is awesome as the villain in the film. She was a good foil to Cavill. I think they should have casted another actor in Willis's role. The film does have a great car chase at the end of the film. I would say, see it for Henry Cavill and Sigourney Weaver's performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    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 J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2012
    Cool at first, but quickly becomes simultaneously predictable and confusing. Don't ask me how, but they both happen without cancelling each other out. The ending is one of the dumbest I've ever seen. It acts like it ties everything up with a nice, neat bow, but in actuality, it resolves nothing at all.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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