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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
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

$765,626 (Spain), 6 April 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,831,588, 9 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,749,061, 30 September 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,968,746, 31 August 2012
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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

Will: Agent? How about terrorist?
Zahir: Terrorist? My wife and son met a terrorist once in a café in Bazzra, in an instant they and fifteen others were turned to ash in a resulting blast
[shows a cutting of a terrorist bombing]
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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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Average film, distinct lack of Bruce!
15 April 2012 | by johnnymufc90See all my reviews

Well I wasn't expecting much from this film to begin with and I certainly wasn't wrong with how the film panned out. When I arrived in the theatre there was background music playing over the trailers and adverts. This even continued into the start of the film! Therefore I couldn't actually hear what was going on for the first 3 or 4 minutes. I should have known what my experience was going to be like after that. I thought the film had a promising start with Willis being about the only semblance of my enjoyment. But it all went downhill after the first 25 minutes or so. I thought the script was dire and the action sequences were poorly directed. In some of the scenes I could plainly tell an effort was being made by the director to imitate some classic action scenes in the Bourne series. The whole business with the briefcase also left a lot to be desired.

Weaver's performance was puzzling. She appears as a ruthless agency operative but at points in the film I was wondering if she thought she was starring in a comedy with her outrageous behaviour in some of the end scenes. Overall I'd say save your money for a better film that doesn't try to rip off other films in its genre.


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