The Cold Light Of Day


Where’s that cape when you need it?

Henry Cavill (Immortals) is in a race against time in this Madrid-set thriller, which sees his mild-mannered business consultant up to his pecs in duplicitous spies and corrupt officials after his family is kidnapped while vacationing in Spain.

Yet the real race for the 28-year-old Briton is to establish his leading man credentials ahead of Man Of Steel – something this workmanlike slice of sub-Bourne hijinks isn’t likely to achieve in what will probably be a fairly short stay in UK cinemas.

Arriving in Alicante with financial woes as well as luggage, Cavill - and his Blackberry - soon get the goat of his hard-ass, yacht-sailing dad (Bruce Willis), a cultural attaché who gives his oldest son as tough a time as Kevin Smith reportedly got on Cop Out.

Swimming ashore in a huff – the better to show off those honed Kal-El muscles – Cavill returns to find the clan’s gone AWOL, largely due to Bruce’s secret sideline in international espionage.

With only hours to recover a mysterious briefcase – the precise contents of which remain comically vague – Cavill’s Will is soon required to acquire a raft of new skills (gun toting, car chasing, DIY abseiling off terracotta rooftops), not to mention an attractive half-sister (Veronica Echegui) who is no less ignorant of Bruce’s extracurricular activities.

Sigourney Weaver, meanwhile, fetches up as a shades-sporting, power-suited authority figure who at one point berates Will for being a “fucking amateur”.

The same, alas, applies to a dreary slice of hokum that, similar to the otherwise superior Safe House, vainly hopes the deployment of unfamiliar locations will mask its leaden predictability.

Yet it is Cavill who proves the bigger liability, the Tudors star being far too ripped and toned to convince as a sweatily desperate everyman. Watchable enough if hard to root for, he’s a curiously blank presence in a movie that wants us to invest in his survival.

Here’s hoping he brings a tad more personality to Superman in 12 months’ time.


“I’m getting sick of this!” says Sigourney during one of Cold Light’s many shoot-outs. Those tempted to give it the benefit of the doubt will swiftly reach the same conclusion.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Apr 12th 2012, 13:11

      The trailer didn't exactly fill me with anticipation.. I'm sure he'll be good as Supes though..

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    • jeffamania

      Apr 14th 2012, 22:51

      hmmmmm I do not doubt this may not be the greatest movie of the year but it is still a silly and immature review and leaves me worried for Henry Cavill's career. Man of Steel is still more than a year away from being released yet its seems the curse of the Superman may have already struct again. The movie - good or bad - should be reviewed for what it is and not because 'Superman' is acting in it. Perhaps the author's problem is not wanting to see iconic superhero god 'Superman' as an everyday man in any way. Do set an example for all movie fans - lets be ready to see this guy in other lights and not stop him from getting future work Spare a thought for Cain, Welling and Routh!

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    • MillerCrosses

      Apr 14th 2012, 23:31

      @jeffamania If a movie's bad it's just bad, calling it "immature" just makes you look...guess the word.

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    • hookise

      Apr 21st 2012, 15:51

      Any comments from people who've actually seen the movie? I saw it with the wife and we both enjoyed it. It's nothing you've never seen before but the young guy is good in it, Bruce is Bruce and Sigourney is awesome. Brain out, popcorn in, all good.

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    • hulk68

      Apr 22nd 2012, 11:58


      It is actually better than the review and far more interesting.

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