Henry Cavill      Sigourney Weaver      Bruce Willis

THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY

 

On his quest to become a somebody before the anticipated Superman reboot Man of Steel opens in summer 2013, British actor Henry Cavill hasn’t landed the most impressive of roles. The Cold Light of Day was financed in Spain and barely showed in theaters here in the US (total theatrical gross was less than $4 million). With big draw names like action stars Willis and Weaver in minor supporting roles, that still wasn’t enough to generate interest in a thriller that has about as much excitement as a one hour show on weekly television (that might actually be an insult to TV).

Filled with anxiety of his job in small business, Will (Cavill) reluctantly joins the rest of his family on a sailing trip in Spain. His father Martin (Willis) has always been a cold, distant man wrapped up in his work. After an argument sends Will to the shore looking for first aid, he returns to find his entire family missing from the yacht. His father meets him on the shore when he tries to get help from the police, revealing the truth about his real job as a spy. When his father is killed before his eyes, Will must put the pieces together between a terrorist group and his father’s own corrupt agency to rescue his mother and brother.

In The Cold Light of Day, anyone can become a field operative apparently. The script wastes no time getting Cavill wet and shirtless in a desperate attempt to make this 29 year old appealing. Cavill was also all brawn in Immortals, another action adventure film that virtually failed at making him a star. Early in the film Cavill delivers some pretty awful lines; while on the phone with his mother, he says “Mom, I can’t, they have killed him,” as if he was spoofing some beef-head actor in a comedy. Cavill could take two paths, he could become a successful actor like Clive Owen, challenging himself with a variety of roles and characters, or like Gerard Butler who has yet to deliver anything outside his save the day stereotype.

This film wants to be like the Bourne series with lots of running and shooting in international territories, and I give it marks for having Weaver in a truly despicable role that she has repeatedly proved to be good at. However, the script shows a lack of brains and development when dealing with Will’s character, who is in one moment a simple man quickly becoming like a soldier. The acclimation from one to another is unbelievable and the director always chooses cheap thrills over probability, giving the film zero credibility.

Final Thought – Goes from bad to worse in a few sentences.

Grade C-

By: Dustin Chase