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Another film that didn’t really introduce anything I haven’t seen before. This is a pretty standard thriller where the family goes on vacation and all but the husband gets kidnapped. The rest of the story is him trying to figure out why and how to get them back. One thing this movie had for it were some of my favorite actors. Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Together they are a killer combo but couldn’t quite deliver in this film. The weird part was that the ‘bad guys’ in the film were government agents. It would have been much better if they were some rogue terrorist group. Anyways I only slightly liked this film but I don’t see many other people liking it.
Cold Light of Day will definitely see the cold light of day when the box offices are through with it. This typical, no variety action/thriller is about a family on vacation when everyone but the husband gets kidnapped. The story was pretty standard but even so didn’t excite me at all. The acting was nothing good even though it has some of my favorite actors in it including Bruce Willis. The problem was the director and writer didn’t try anything new. And even if they would have followed standard procedure, they didn’t do that very well. I just can’t recommend this film to anyone.
I did not like this film and do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. If you are looking for a good thriller you need to stay away from this film because it barely has a pulse. I was really yearning for an action flick and the trailer for this film was pretty good so i gave it a shot and I wish I did not. I wanted to walk out many times but decided to stick by so my review is credible and trust me it was not easy to sit through this disaster of a movie. I have no idea why Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver are in this film and I feel very bad for them. The film was uninspired, lifeless and boring and the only bright thing about it was Sigourney Weaver, she was actually having fun with her role and I can tell that she knew that this film will be horrible.
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I only went to see this movie because I thought it would be something different for the end of the summer movie season. After all the super hero movies and romantic comedies and gross out comedies, a thriller in a foreign land just might be what's needed to perk up what's been a fairly predictable movie season (ok, I admit, I loved me some Brave and Paranorman) but I was disappointed in what the movie had to offer. Henry Cavill is the future of Hollywood action movies, don't get me wrong, but the movie felt like it was pieced together from other superior movies that kept running through my head while watching this. It's never a good sign when you're thinking of "The Fugitive" and how much better that movie was than the one you're watching. It isn't a bad movie, per se, it just feels like a standard potboiler and I think it could benefit from a lot of editing. It's just too long.
I suppose I should have known better than to take my kids to see a movie about a family that ends up getting kidnapped in Spain (at least I think it was Spain) but my kids are crzay about Henry Cavill since they saw that scarier than scary interpretation of "Little Red Riding Hood" last year and they insisted that we go. They seemed bored for most of the movie but I was pretty horrified at how the film showed how easy it was for a family to get kidnapped abroad and to disappear without so much as a trace. As a parent, I don't like these kinds of stories though I admit it was kind of suspenseful. Plus, I knew it would end ok so I told myself and my kids that it's just a movie. I was definitely more disturbed than were they. All in all, I would say that this movie is more appropriate for young adults than teens though my teenage boys definitely liked the action scenes and my girls kept oohing and aahing at Henry Cavill.
I agree with the other reviewers that this movie didn't live up to its potential, but that being said it really wasn't bad at all. In fact, I would say that it was a good deal better than the Expendables 2 which was pretty lame and stupid for the most part. Henry Cavill is really good in his part as the lead and he makes an excellent action hero. He kind of reminds me of a cross between Harrison Ford and Christopher Reeve,which is appropriate because he is playing Clark Kent in the new Superman which looks amazing, btw. I did think it was kind of funky to have the film be another cat and mouse chase story where the lead character is trying to save his family from the dastardly foreign kidnappers, but it's a formula that seems to work so why change it? I doubt there will be a sequel since no one seems that interested in it, but maybe it'll end up being a cult hit. It's really not that bad.
Once upon a time, Bruce Willis was everyone’s favorite wisecracking action hero. This was before he helped a young soothsayer “see dead people” and after he spent years on ABC playing romantic foil to Cybil Sheperd. Maybe it’s the inevitable fact of aging in Hollywood, but this being the sixth movie to star Willis in 2012 (yes, sixth), he seems to be literally sleepwalking his way through the role. There is absolutely nothing he does or says in The Cold Light of Day that you haven’t seen before in a thousand better acted and written movies, most of them starring Willis himself. In fact, if you’re anything like me and could predict with almost word-for-word accuracy the dialogue in the movie, you might think of demanding a writing credit from the studio. Alas.
The story is about a man named Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) who decides to head to the land of a thousand paellas to sail the Mediterranean and maybe catch a glimpse of Spanish gypsies. Of course, like in all thrillers, his family ends up kidnapped by intelligence officers in search of a mysterious briefcase that possesses the secrets of . . . something. I won’t give away what’s inside, but suffice is to say its contents were regularly featured on every episode of Inspector Gadget I watched as a kid.
The cast includes the best actress in America who isn’t Meryl Streep (Sigourney Weaver) but even her tough take-no-prisoners demeanor is wasted in this Bourne wannabe. Willis seems to be literally sleepwalking his way through the part, uttering about six lines of dialogue before he disappears for good from the proceedings. By the end of it all, you may be wondering if he was there at all or if you just imagined him in the movie. Cavill, who will be seen in the upcoming Superman reboot, is okay, not entirely flat but hardly inspiring. Then again, with material like this, you’d be a fool to expect anything stellar. Forget it ever existed. And remember that once upon a very, very long time ago, Bruce Willis was a major movie star, not a bit part day player.