Messy thriller misses its mark

Messy thriller misses its mark

November 04, 2012
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The Cold Light of Day has high aspirations - on the one hand, it seeks to be a work of poetry; on the other, it wants to be a new Bourne Identity.

The title has nothing to do with the film. "Cold", I assume, means "merciless", while "Light of Day" suggests "a revelation". But for such a dry, scriptless film, director Mabrouk El Mechri should've skipped the metaphors and stuck to good old-fashioned action.

American Will (Henry Cavill) arrives in Spain for a family holiday. A boating trip turns to disaster when the entire family, except for Will and dad Martin (Bruce Willis), are kidnapped. It turns out Martin is a CIA agent and snatched a briefcase with highly sensitive materials from Israeli terrorists. Now they're prepared to make an exchange: his family for the briefcase.

This film is a jumbled mess of double-crosses and revelations that lack a significant connection to the main storyline. On top of that, it's sloppy - for example, they forgot to add subtitles for the Spanish voices, and there's too much messy editing.

And what's with the plot line about Will's bankrupt business? I'm guessing it's a transition point for the ending, opening the door for potential sequels. Let's just hope I'm wrong on that.

YP Rating: 1/5



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