'The Cold Light of Day' doesn't generate much heat

atomictown.comSeptember 13, 2012 

The Cold Light of Day is an appropriately named action drama. It generates very little heat.

Not helping is an early exit by Bruce Willis, not enough screen time for Sigourney Weaver who, by the way, is a superb villain, too much screen time for the film's "star" Henry Cavill and a plodding story done by a director and two screenwriters you've never heard of.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

Willis is cast as a spy. He is usually a spy or a cop, so already there are no surprises. He's the victim of duplicity from his spy partner played by Weaver. More no surprises.

Set in scenic Madrid, Willis' character has two sons and a pleasant wife. Cavill is oldest son, Will. He and Dad don't click. When the family is snatched by terrorists wanting a brief case back that Willis' character took, Will and Dad must team up to save them.

Ultimately and unfortunately, it falls too quickly to Will to get the job done. Cavill -- whose fame claim is the TV mini-series The Tudors and who is the new Superman -- has zilch for a personality. Given nothing to do but wander the streets of Madrid looking for meaningless clues, Cavill looks as lost as this story.

Sans chemistry between the film's stars and not much for a plot, The Cold Light of Day may be searching for light, but it ends up wandering aimlessly in the dark.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars

Director: Mabroule El Mechri

Stars: Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Cavill

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence. It is playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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