Cold Light Day Henry Cavill
Credit: Diego Lopez Calvin

Hello there, and welcome back to the ongoing Summer of 2012 Bruce Willis Film Festival. This season the Die Hard star has already appeared in Moonrise Kingdom and The Expendables 2, and if you happened to vacation in Europe, you might have caught him in Lay the Favorite, which was released there. For a while it appeared Willis fans would also be seeing him in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, before the action sequel was pushed to next year. Does the actor ever turn anything down? Judging by The Cold Light of Day, it’s hard to imagine he does. This wearisome thriller stars future Man of Steel-er Henry Cavill as a bankrupt businessman who visits Spain for a holiday with his family. That family includes paterfamilias Willis who, we are informed, does something really boring at the local U.S. embassy. But wait! When Cavill’s mom, brother, and brother?s girlfriend disappear Willis reveals he is actually a CIA agent. Gadzooks-o-rama! And when Willis himself exits the picture early (presumably so he can film Die Hard 5 and RED 2 by the end of the week) it is up to our young, ill-equipped hero to save his folks by finding the usual suitcase-filled-with-something-or-other-important. The result apes The Bourne Identity so slavishly yet so boringly it winds up with no identity at all. The good news? Bruce’s next movie, the much more fancied Looper, is out in just three weeks time. C-

The Cold Light of Day

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Mabrouk El Mechri