The Cold Light of Day is three minutes past an hour and a half - and thank goodness, you really wouldn't want it to be any longer. Where Lockout was silly, over-the-top and fun; Cold Light of Day is bland and boring.
If that sounded a bit ludicrous to you, you're correct. Secret CIA operatives, rogue agents, mysterious briefcases, Israeli agents, Spanish city streets; all of that could piece together to make an interesting movie. The opening sequence of the family assembling on the sailboat involves dialogue to set up their relationships, but feels really forced, clunky, and fake. Will gets in touch with the police once he finds that the family is missing, but suspects they might be working against him, so he runs away, and promptly runs into his father. Will states earlier in the movie that they family moved through 9 different countries while he was growing up, would he really not speak any spanish? And why would he leave the American Embassy with a suspicious person, when at this point he's convinced everyone is after him?
When I stopped thinking and just sat and watched, the action sequences were fun, the locations were beautiful, and the pacing was good. In terms of casting, everybody was okay, but not great:
- Henry Cavill as Will, honestly, the reason I wanted to see this movie is to keep watching him in different things before Man of Steel comes out next year. After this movie - it did nothing to change my opinion that the new Superman will be a disaster. Cavill is fine, his american accent is passable, I'm just not sure I bought him in this particular role. He is sufficiently confused, but then continues to react flatly as more and more craziness happens as the movie goes on. He does determined well, but I have no idea if that will apply to Superman. Maybe it's unfair to compare everything he's doing to a Superman performance that isn't out yet, but in all honesty, that's what I'm thinking about.
- Bruce Willis plays Martin, Will's secret CIA agent father. SPOILER ALERT (or maybe not), he gets killed pretty quickly. This is pretty obvious from the trailers, as he is not around for the majority of the action. In all honesty, his death was so quick and sudden, I kept expecting him to come back. Similar to the way I kept expecting Morgan Freeman to come back in R.E.D. Willis is only briefly in this movie, and probably could do this type of role with his eyes shut by now.
- Sigorney Weaver is the reason to see this movie - if you see this movie. SPOILER ALERT (or again, maybe not - it's obvious in the trailers) she's the bad guy. She does such a good job of being quietly icy about everything that happens in the movie. She's totally unflappable, and just assumes she's going to come out on top. She also shoots people left and right (right out in public!) for almost no reason.
- Veronica Echegui plays the neice of Martin's friend Diego. She joins Will on his adventures, and helps him after he gets shot at the club she works at, providing some very entertaining side characters, who are only briefly used.
- Joseph Mawle - most recently seen in Game of Thrones as Benjen Stark (or you know, not seen), plays Weaver's henchman. He's a bit frightening.
- Rafi Gavron plays the younger brother, but honestly, that character, his girlfriend, and the mother have nothing to do.
5 out of 10 - directly middle of the road...meh. Gained points for the locations and scenery...pretty! Lost points for not giving me more of the neice's club friends, because they were cool! Lost points for Cavil walking weird. He carries himself strange, and shorter than he is. I wonder if that was a conscious acting choice, reflecting Will's confusion and uncertainty (I might be reading too much into it there)? Or is he bowlegged? hmm....Time to go check the Tudors, or the Immortals. Speaking of which:
Bonus Video 1: Cavill in the Tudors - HBO's amazing Henry the VIII tv series. He played the king's best friend. He's not doing any walking in this scene, so who knows if he really is bowlegged. Warning - this scene gets a little steamy towards the end (but only a little)!