DVD REVIEW: The Cold Light of Day

Geek Syndicate checks out the latest action thriller starring Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver and Brit Henry Cavill, who must risk all to save his family and stay alive with time running out.

The Plot

Will Shaw (HENRY CAVILL – The Tudors, Stardust) goes to Spain for a weeklong sailing vacation with his family. His whole world turns upside down when his family is kidnapped by intelligence agents hell-bent on recovering a mysterious briefcase; Will suddenly finds himself on the run.

The Cast

Bruce Willis seems to be very hit and miss with his films these days, but thankfully he is in fine form here as the father hiding the secret that put his whole family in danger. Willis is also playing a father, which he does not get to do a lot, so it was good to see his ability to play this part with sincerity.

Another big hitter here is Sigourney Weaver, who has cropped up in a few films lately playing the cold, calculating bitch.  Here she is badass as well, not afraid to pick up an automatic weapon or drive a car around Madrid, smashing into everything in her path. She seems to enjoy being the bad girl, and I hope she does more of these roles.

Headlining the film is British actor Henry Cavill, who has been seen in The Tudors and Immortals, and soon to be the next Superman in Man of Steel in 2013. Cavill plays it straight through the whole film – he is the reluctant hero who stumbles his way through the plot, staying alive one step at a time. He is believable as the son looking for his mother, brother and his brother’s girlfriend.  He is not given too much to work with but what he does is give a good physical performance.


The Film

Director Mabrouk El Mechri, who directed the rather excellent JCVD with Van Damme, creates a taught, fast, yet clean thriller. What I mean by clean is that the action is easy to follow and the fight scenes are not in your face. He uses his cast well and ensures that they all get a decent amount of screen time. The car scenes are very old school, with a hint of Bourne in them but also getting the feeling that it is frantic amateur driving and not some experienced spy. This actually works during the film, as we see Cavill’s Shaw jump, run and stumble his way through the bad guys.

Overall this film is an excellent Saturday night action thriller that will keep you hooked till the last scene.

Catch the trailer below:


GS RATING: 3.5/5
GS Reviewer: Montoya

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One comment

  1. Phil Hobden /

    Oh god this film was terrible. HATED it!

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