Running Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
Cast: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver
Director: Mabrouk El Mechri
Synopsis: “A young American (Cavill) uncovers a conspiracy during his attempt to save his family, who were kidnapped while on vacation in Spain” (GSC Movies).
Verdict: Good lead acting performance by the new Superman (2013) but yet another bossy villain role for the legendary protagonist of the Alien film franchise (1979 – 1997), and yet another insignificant tough old-man role for the Die Hard (1988 – 2013) man. The Cold Light of Day sucks so bad that even people with poor taste in movies would be disappointed with it. The story starts out intriguingly but things become ridiculously cliched and unpredictably predictable before even reaching to the mid point of the film. The climax towards the end of the movie doesn’t make any sense at all. If I left my brain at the door before entering the cinema, all there was to watch were the action scenes that are insufficient and unimpressive.
Second opinion: “Very (unintentionally) funny” (Iris Loong).
Malaysian censorship: Nothing was cut at the preview screening. Not even the F-words.
Rating: 0.5 / 5
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Plotholes in the first half of the movie: Will Shaw (Henry Cavill), an owner of a going-to-be-bankrupt business consultancy company, goes on a vacation with his family in Spain. They go sailing on boat before they can go far, a minor accident happened which makes Will swim back to town to get some medicine. When goes back, the family is no longer there and the boat appeared to be robbed. He goes to the Spanish police to report but they lead him to a suspicious Israeli character. He beats up the cops and drives away in one of the police vehicles. He crashes the car in the wood but his father (Bruce Willis), Martin, comes out of no where to save him. What was he doing there, waiting for his son to crash at that exact spot? Martin reveals that he’s a secret CIA agent all along and those people who kidnapped his family are Israeli Mossad agents and they did it to retrieve a briefcase he took. They meet up with Jean (Sigourney Weaver), Martin’s partner, to sort things out but Martin gets shot in the chest by Jean’s assassin from afar and dies. This assassin sniped his victim’s chest instead of the head and took only one shot – what the hell? Will gets chased around by this assassin and some very incompetent Spanish police. He goes to the US Embassy but they lead him to Jean. For no real good reason, she doesn’t kill him and allows him to escape easily. Will meets a Spanish girl, Lucia (Veronica Echegui), whose uncle is related to Martin. Even after Will kills Jean’s driver in front of her, Lucia still
decides to take the dangerous stranger to her uncle’s house. Will is
accused for murdering a cop and is supposedly a wanted man but somehow,
he can walk around freely in public without any disguise.
Plotholes in the second half of the movie: It is revealed that Martin has more secrets kept from his son – Lucia is his daughter with another woman. The Israeli agents meets up with Will and believes that Martin is now dead and that Will has no clue about the briefcase they want. It is revealed that Martin was conned by Jean to kill one of the one the Israeli agents and rob their briefcase. However, the Israeli agents are still nice enough to agree to keep Will’s family safe from Jean and set them free so long as he helps them retrieve the briefcase from Jean. They manage to find Jean in a carpark with the briefcase and they start to fire at each other in the open. Like a god, Jean can walk around attacking everyone around with her gun without getting shot at all. The assassin who killed Martin, however, gets killed by Lucia. There is one scene here where Jean is sort of inviting Will to kill her but he lets her go. Right after she drives off with the briefcase, Will decides to go after her. They had no better way to form a car chase scene that’s unnecessary, I suppose? He also takes his new found sister Lucia along on this dangerous chase for no valid reason. After some pursuing, Will gets a chance to crash into Jean’s car to kill her but misses. Jean gets frustrated with him and starts chasing them back. WHAT THE FUCK? So the car chase scene continues until they both turn turtle. Jean gets out her car and starts being cocky at Will who’s badly injured with Lucia. Just as she is about to pull the trigger to kill Will, an army of Israeli agents come out of no where to the rescue. Will’s family is really released by the Israeli agents (yeah right) and Lucia is accepted into the family with wide open arms (yeah right). Will is also offered a job by the CIA just because his dad was an honest man. YEAH FUCKING RIGHT!
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Special thanks to Nuffnang again for the invitation to the preview of this film.