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Not As Bad As These Reviewers Tell You ...!
on October 23, 2012
OK, having seen this movie I know first hand that this movie is not as bad as it is made out to be by ALL the reviewers here on Amazon. I won't go over the plot and the actors, as they have been dug deeply into in the previous reviews. Instead, I shall tell you it like it truly is.
The movie, 'Cold Light Of Day' is a good, decent action movie. You get pulled in and it never lets you go. Why? Well, you just don't know who to trust and what is around any given corner. Sure Henry C. is made out to be a "super spy" instead of the stockbroker he seemingly is, but that's OK, as it truly doesn't deter you from watching the movie. My guess is this movie was made a couple of years ago before his upcoming blockbuster 'Superman - Man Of Steel' comes to our screens. Sometimes these kind of direct-to-DVD movies sit on shelves for ages until one of the leads becomes famous. (Take, for instance, 'Cabin In The Woods' with Chris Hemsworth, filmed in 2009 and released this year due to 'Thor'!)
Anyway, I digress. But I do agree that Bruce W. is wasted in the role of the father living on a boat with his wife, Caroline G. They have moved around, as a family for years, but now have all the kids around the table (on said boat) for the first time in a while. Rafi G. as Henry C's younger brother is wasted film fodder, much the same as his GF, the lovely Emma H. More than a hint of 'Bourne' runs thru Henry C. but unlike that other action character, this one "feels" real in his mistakes, wrong turns, pain.
Verónica E. as Henry C.'s "love interest turned sister" is both beautiful and full of action angst herself. Mind you, when being chased by Sigourney W. thru the streets, and coming off their moped rather badly, they both get up - and she, wearing a short skirt throughout, hasn't a scratch on her delicate thigh in the slightest! And, they both get back up and on the broken bike and roar off!
Joseph M. as the main bad guy is a treat to watch, but gets predictable very quickly. I mean, Henry C. has three (3) clear cut chances to kill him or at least badly wound him to stop him trying to kill them, but never takes the shot. Instead he tries to chat his way out of things! For me though, Roschdy Z. as the bad guy/good guy is brilliant! His voice, with that vibe of Morgan Freeman running through it, makes the last third of the movie his own.
Anyway, running at 93 minutes, filmed in Spain (so great scenery), and staring some big names that yes, I agree, were doing "paycheck movies," 'Cold Light Of Day' is definitely not to be taken seriously - but then again, are 'Bourne' and 'Taken' and all those others?!
Russell A. Trunk