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With: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Verónica Echegui
Written by: Scott Wiper, John Petro
Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content
Running Time: 93
Date: 04/04/2012

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

1/2 Star (out of 4)

'Cold' Feat

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Written by Scott Wiper (The Condemned) and John Petro and directed by Mabrouk El Mechri (JCVD), The Cold Light of Day is a colossal mess, and amazingly dumb.

Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) travels to Madrid, Spain for a reunion with his parents and brother. Unfortunately, when he goes ashore for some alone time, the rest of his family is kidnapped. His father, Martin (Bruce Willis). escapes long enough to explain that he's really a CIA agent and that the kidnappers want a mysterious briefcase. Unfortunately, Martin is shot and Will is on his own. Martin's colleague (Sigourney Weaver) offers to help, but Will isn't sure he trusts her. He follows his own instincts and meets Lucia (VerĂ³nica Echegui), who has some secrets of her own, but agrees to help. Can Will locate the actual kidnappers and save his family before time runs out?

The plot makes absolutely no sense. It relies on a device that requires the bad guy letting the good guy go so that he can be followed, and then, later, the good guys do the same thing to another bad guy. And nobody actually ends up following anyone. There are a hundred similar points at which logic just fails.

Moreover, the filmmakers completely fail to provide either strong characters or good action. Poor Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis turn in arguably the worst performances of their careers; Weaver is supposed to be an ambiguous character, but she seems evil and conniving from the start. Star Henry Cavill has no screen presence anyway, and so he fares even worse. The action sequences are completely inept, shaky, disjointed, and anticlimactic. However, out of all of it, the ending is probably the most insulting.

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