There’s never a quiet day in the world of home video as every week brings a cavalcade of different stories for us all to enjoy. Out today we get a spy thriller where one man’s secret life ends up putting his whole family in danger and you never know who you can trust.
Starring Henry Cavill, Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis
Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri
In “The Cold Light of Day” Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) arrives in Spain for a week long sailing vacation with his family, but the stressed young businessman is not in a holiday mood. His start-up company is in trouble and his tense relationship with his disciplinarian father Martin (Bruce Willis) only makes matters worse. However when the family is kidnapped by what turns out to be intelligence agents hell-bent on recovering a mysterious briefcase, Will suddenly finds himself on the run. His whole world turns upside down when Martin reappears, revealing he is an undercover agent tangled in an intergovernmental web of lies and secrets and they must find a way to get the rest of the family back alive.
A decent enough little spy thriller, this film certainly isn’t bad but it does suffer from some pacing and execution problems. As his follow up to the surprisingly entertaining “JCVD”, director El Mechri certainly shows he has enough skill at telling a story that despite the occasional continuity error or logic hiccup moves at a healthy enough clip to keep us engaged. However the script from straight the Blu-Ray/VOD veteran Scott Wiper and John Petro never has any genuine moments as it’s littered with clunky dialogue and a flimsy set up that was rushed that we never truly buy into. There’s nothing truly terrible here, but it felt as if the assembly of the film was done in a rather basic fashion.
Cavill certainly has the looks to be an action leading man, but saddled with weak dialogue and a rushed set up not as much happens as we certainly would have hoped but with any luck the upcoming “Man of Steel” will change all that and turn Cavill into the star that he is being projected to be. Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver never really had enough time to put in any legitimate character work and were there based on name value alone, as it was left to Cavill to carry the film. Roschdy Zem shows up as a rival, intelligence agent but the ultimate problem with this entire film was that it mostly ran through the flashy bullet points not giving the viewer any real meat to chew on in the story, ultimately it all feels very uninteresting much like only the minimum work possible had been put into anything about the film.
Picture and sound quality are good enough and there are no special features on this combo pack release.
At the end of the day, “The Cold Light of Day” isn’t something that was excellent or even terrible, it was just pretty dull.
2 out of 5 stars.
“The Cold Light of Day” is now available for rent at video stores all across the country; you can also find it for purchase at all major retailers like iTunes, HMV or amazon.ca.
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