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  • Summary: Will Shaw goes to Spain for a week long sailing vacation with his family but soon his whole world turns upside down. When the family is kidnapped by intelligence agents hell-bent on recovering a mysterious briefcase, Will suddenly finds himself on the run. (Summit Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Sep 8, 2012
    42
    The result apes "The Bourne Identity" so slavishly yet so boringly it winds up with no identity at all.
  2. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 12, 2012
    40
    Sensibly rationing his facial expressions at this early stage in his career, 29-year-old actor and future Superman Cavill lacks the gruff authority of Liam Neeson - the go-to guy for tacky Euro-thrillers about dogged men shooting up the Continent - but looks better in a tight T-shirt.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 13, 2012
    40
    A by-the-numbers thriller that often looks as murky as its plot.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 8, 2012
    38
    A preposterous thriller where the only thing more disappointing than the ending is the 93 minutes it takes to get there.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 8, 2012
    25
    The Cold Light Of Day is the antithesis of a labor of love; it's a cold, mercenary endeavor that, like the thematically similar Taylor Lautner vehicle "Abduction," diligently ignores the potentially intriguing issues of family and identity its plot raises.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 8, 2012
    20
    A catastrophe worth noting only for the presence of its name cast.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 12, 2012
    0
    Weaver and Willis look bored silly while essaying their paint-by-numbers roles, and this film does nothing to make me think Cavill is going to be Zack Snyder's Superman incarnate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Feb 25, 2013
    10
    best cold movie.
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    8
    This is what I call an action movie, this is what an epic movie holds, thriller, suspense, drama, crime, action, all come in one pack called...THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY, I don't know why people hate this movie! Expand
  3. Apr 18, 2013
    4
    Unfortunately this movie was a major let down. The biggest reason is for the mediocre action sequences. From the fight scenes to the car chases to the gun fights, they all feel really fake. The acting isn't horrible and the cinematic effects are decent enough. The story had some potential too but ultimately the terrible action ruined the film. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2012
    3
    It's clear that Cavill has some talent, and he's got the look, physicality , and charm to be an action star. The problem with this film is that the writing (the structure of the screenplay in particular) and directing are horrible. They squander both Willis and Weaver, who look mildly interested in the proceedings, and nothing more. I was thinking that any episode of Strike Back on Cinemax buries this film. Expand
  5. chw
    Aug 22, 2014
    2
    The Cold Light of Day didn't have a point to have been made. The movie has no original plot, probably cut-off from a GOOD movie, and the actors were under terrible direction because in other films they're good actors. Expand
  6. Apr 15, 2013
    0
    A truly dreadful waste of time. Weaver and Willis should be ashamed for appearing in this cut and paste movie. What hurts worse is that I actually bought the movie because of Willis and Weaver. Shame on me for not checking reviews first. Expand

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