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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
    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
    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
    A by-the-numbers thriller that often looks as murky as its plot.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 8, 2012
    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
    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
    A catastrophe worth noting only for the presence of its name cast.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 12, 2012
    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 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Feb 25, 2013
    best cold movie.
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    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. Sep 21, 2012
    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
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    "The Cold Light of Day" 10 Scale Rating: 2.0 (Terrible) ...

    The Good: For the brief time that he was in it, Bruce Willis was pretty good.

    The Bad: I've seen Cavill in a few films before and he was a solid actor in them ... but he took a vacation for this one because he was dreadful. For a suspenseful chase film it was pretty boring. Very straight forward, predictable, and full of things that I've seen done in other films ... but done well.
  5. chw
    Aug 22, 2014
    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
    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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