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posted Sep 14, 2012 - 4:41:15pm
With a title that sounds almost like a rejected Bond movie, The Cold Light of Day is a suspenseless spy flick that leaves audiences checking their watches, wondering when it all will end. Its cobbled-together act structure, boring characters, and plot that seems desperate to emulate ideas from better movies come together to create one of the blandest films of the year.
However, the worst damage done by the film is casting doubt on star Henry Cavill’s ability to step into the role of Superman in next year’s Man of Steel. This, of course has nothing to do with The Cold Light of Day, but only serves to drive home just what a disaster the film truly is.
Cavill plays an incredibly unlikely hero with daddy issues who spends the majority of the film spazzing his way through action sequences. As Immortals showed us last year, the rising star is certainly a capable physical performer, so one has to wonder why he flounders about here. The only logical excuse is that his character is essentially a fish out of water in the world he’s thrust into when his family is kidnapped. But still, the guy at least has to know that you point the long end of the gun toward the bad person.
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
The Cold Light of Day plays the like shadow of the films it tries so hard to emulate, but it never captures what made the others so great. Instead, it presents boring characters in action sequences that are an atrocious blend of realistic and over-the-top: realistic in the sense that they’re all just so incredibly anticlimactic, and over-the-top in that they never seem to end. Every time the hero leaps into action, eyes start rolling in the audience. Who would have known that car chases and gun fights could be so boring?
Director Mabrouk El Mechri barely cobbles together a competent movie from the atrocious script penned by Scott Wiper and John Petro. At times, he seems to be almost as confused as the audiences must be over what kind of movie he’s really trying to make. More importantly, though, The Cold Light of Day feels like something people would be forced to endure at 30,000 feet. It certainly isn't worth catching in theaters (if ever), and it's unlikely any of the stars will live this one down any time soon. So, if you’re interested in a good spy flick, it’s best not to look here.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 1 star, 1 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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