The Cold Light of Day

The Cold Light of Day

Mabrouk El Mechri (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Kidnappers turn an American family's Spanish holiday into a nightmare, but even more shocking for eldest son Will (Henry Cavill) is what he learns about his stern father (Bruce Willis) in this fish-out-of-water thriller. As the understandably confused Cavill finds himself running from mystery gunmen, and facing a ransom demand for the return of his mother and brother, it's no surprise that the taciturn Willis turns out to be an undercover CIA agent and all the mayhem is his fault. From this revelation onwards, the movie barrels its way through an over-familiar series of punch-ups, shoot-outs, close scrapes, and car chases - all competently assembled, but utterly devoid of any fresh spark of invention. Yes, it's pacey, the plot never gets too stupid, and the Madrid locations look the part, but Cavill proves an identikit square-jawed hero and Sigourney Weaver's clearly coasting as a CIA handler who may not be all she seems. A time-passer for all concerned, the audience included.


A man on a sailing holiday in Spain discovers his family have been abducted. His search for them leads him to learn that his father has been leading a double-life as a CIA agent, and has stolen top-secret information - which the kidnappers will stop at nothing to obtain. Thriller, starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.

Cast & Crew

Will Shaw Henry Cavill
Martin Shaw Bruce Willis
Jean Carrack Sigourney Weaver
Lucia Veronica Echegui
Gorman Joseph Mawle
Laurie Shaw Caroline Goodall
Josh Shaw Rafi Gavron
Dara Emma Hamilton
Director Mabrouk El Mechri
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Apr 2012