Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Director: Mabrouk El Mechri
Writers: Scott Wiper, John Petro
Starring: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver,
Action | Thriller
The Cold Light of Day is about “Will Shaw” (Henry “Immortals” Cavill), a businessman who has arrived in Spain to spend a weekend sailing with the family. But with the fate of his company worrying him sick, the uneasiness he brings to the dinner table becomes the least of his problems when his family is inexplicably abducted while at sea.
When the police are of no help in finding them, Shaw must uncover the secret trail left by his father, “Martin Shaw” (Bruce Willis) to recover a strange briefcase and deliver it to a man named “Zahir” (Roschdy Zem) or his family will be killed.
As a dramatically mistitled action movie, The Cold Light of Day has the form-factor of a Bourne-style flick, but with the quality and come-off exceeding the badness of last year’s Abduction with Taylor Lautner. While the first big question seems to be the odd choice for Cavill in the lead role, the even bigger question is why Willis or Weaver would stake a claim to such a minimizing project.
Add in some riveting car chases, respectable pacing, and we have a watchable, even likable, bad movie that we wish could have worked. But in no sense does The Cold Light of Day work. With a title like, “The Cold Light of Day,” it doesn't even sound very interesting, and when the trailer is more exciting than the movie, the future is sure to be lights out for this one.
It could be a new low for Willis and Weaver. For anyone else involved, it’s a go-nowhere ticket to Acting Career Stagnation-land, but of all the trash-worthy pieces of junk that make it to theaters that folks love to hate, this one leaves a feeling of regret from its utter lack of success.