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.
Film informationGenre: Action, Thriller
Henry Cavill is certainly about to get plenty of attention. Playing Superman in the Man of Steel will do that for you. Unfortunately, the kind of attention he might get for The Cold Light of Day might not be exactly what he is looking for. This movie is absolutely a snooze fest and sadly, Cavill is a pretty big part of the reasons why. He simply comes across as bored, drab and flat in his performance and it rubs off on the rest of the movie.
In fairness to Cavill, the story is not very helpful. The Cold Light of Day kind of seems like a Bourne Identity imitation that you might find on made for television channels. It never really grabs hold.
The movie is basically about an American businessman that is in a foreign country trying to rescue his family from kidnappers. All the while, he is surrounded by people that may or may not be involved in the kidnapping, and plenty of crooked players abound.
Sounds pretty cool, huh?
Well, at times it is. I will say this. If Bruce Willis was playing Henry Cavill’s part, then this might have been a blockbuster. There is a charisma that is missing in that role that would make the engine go. Matt Damon gave it to the Bourne series. Bruce Willis gave it to the Die Hard trilogy. Henry Cavill just did not seem into the role at all.
Despite this odd casting, the movie has some decent parts. While being roundly criticized by the movie reviews I have seen, the movie was not that bad. It is not very smart, but it is entertaining at certain times.
Cavill plays American Will Shaw, who goes to Spain to hang out with his parents and brother. His dad Martin (Bruce Willis) plays a difficult man that Will struggles to connect with. One day Will dives off the boat they are on and heads into town for needed supplies. When he comes back, the boat is moved and the family is gone. Willis saves him from the local cops (who appear to be crooked and it on the gig) and the game is on. Willis also reveals himself to be a CIA agent although his family knew nothing of this secret double life. (Here is where I got excited and let down quick)
Will, keep in mind, plays a white collar kind of guy that would know little about spy games. Even shooting a gun looks odd on him. It is for these reasons that the movie ends up falling flat as it goes on. Will is constantly thrust into situations where action heroes are needed. A high level agent named Carrack (Sigourney Weaver) also plays into the mix and keeps everyone on their toes as to her involvement. Shoot em ups and bombs bursting are the norm here and it is entertaining at times. The car chases in particular are pretty effective.
Cavill gets his butt kicked through most of the movie and I guess that is the point. He is not playing an action hero here as much as a white collar guy that would not know what to do in an emergency. As such, he succeeds to that end. Willis definitely plays the hard ass but he is not on screen enough to save the film from being pretty darn average.
I am not a huge fan of Sigourney Weaver, but oddly, she is the best of this film. Her character is the most interesting by far, and she plays it with zeal and excitement.
If you want to watch a mindless, action film, this one will do just fine. Just don’t expect any huge revelations in the process.
Watch it for the car chases instead.