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The Cold Light of Day (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 7 September 2012 (USA)
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After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.

Director:

Mabrouk El Mechri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Cavill ... Will
Verónica Echegui ... Lucia
Bruce Willis ... Martin
Sigourney Weaver ... Carrack
Joseph Mawle ... Gorman
Caroline Goodall ... Laurie
Rafi Gavron ... Josh
Emma Hamilton ... Dara
Michael Budd ... Esmael
Roschdy Zem ... Zahir
Óscar Jaenada ... Maximo
Joe Dixon ... Dixon
Jim Piddock ... Meckler
Fermí Reixach ... Carlos
Lolo Herrero Lolo Herrero ... Reynaldo
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Storyline

Wall Street trader Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) races to rescue his family after they're kidnapped while vacationing in Spain, and he exposes a sinister government conspiracy and unearths dark family secrets along the way in this thriller co-starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Instinct is his greatest weapon.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fría luz del día See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,831,588, 9 September 2012

Gross USA:

$3,763,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,863,583
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Henry Cavill turned up on set, he had just finished shooting Immortals (2011) and came sporting an extremely muscular and ultra-ripped physique. Director Mabrouk El Mechri told him that he had to play an ordinary man and that his current body would be completely wrong for the character. Henry Cavill had to lose all the muscle tone and mass that he gained over the previous six months to get his body to look like that of an average man. He did it by eating and drinking a lot and not working out. See more »

Goofs

When Will and Lucia are travelling by train to Puerta del Sol, Lucia is wearing a blue jacket. When she says goodbye to Will in the train station, the jacket is gone. Lucia is neither wearing nor holding it, nor does she have it tied around her waist. See more »

Quotes

Zahir: The only thing keeping your family alive right now is their captivity.
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Connections

Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Doce Meses
Written by Silvana Kane, Toby Peter and Adam Popowitz
Performed by Pacifika
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By arrangement with Downtown Music Services
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A bad TV movie
9 April 2012 | by grahambthomsonSee all my reviews

I went to see this film after I saw an initial rating on here of 8 out of 10, but let me tell you it is very, very poor.

The film is littered with blatant product placement to the point that I thought at some points I was watching a slick advert. The first of these adverts is when the film lead stops to buy a drink of coke for no reason and proceeds to slowly drink it with the can taking up most of the screen, really just like an advert.

This was a little annoying but I kept hope that this was a small issue in what could become a very good film. Unfortunitly it didn't and car and phone adverts continued through the film. The script was poor and events unbelievable. Most of the action scenes you will have seen copied from Bourne or other action movies but made laughably similar but much worse. The acting from weaver was poor, although I am not sure if the blame lies with sigourney or the director. To be honest Bruce Willis is by far the best actor and carries the film for the first 20min giving some hope it will become a good action film, unfortunately it did not.

I have never walked out on a film but after a number of laugh out loud moments ( at the film ), I was seriously contemplating it. I may be wrong but i think we have a nomination for a rotten tomato award.

3 stars is being kind,


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