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The Cold Light of Day

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Amazingly dumb thriller has violence and sexual content.

Movie PG-13 2012 93 minutes
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Written by Scott Wiper (The Condemned) and John Petro and directed by Mabrouk El Mechri (JCVD), The Cold Light of Day is a colossal mess -- and amazingly dumb. The plot makes absolutely no sense. It relies on a device that requires the bad guy letting the good guy go so that he can be followed, and then, later, the good guys do the same thing to another bad guy. And nobody actually ends up following anyone. There are a hundred similar points at which logic just fails.

Moreover, the filmmakers completely fail to provide either strong characters or good action. Poor Weaver and Willis turn in arguably the worst performances of their careers; Weaver is supposed to be an ambiguous character, but she seems evil and conniving from the start. Star Cavill has no screen presence anyway, so he fares even worse. The action sequences are completely inept, shaky, disjointed, and anticlimactic. And the ending is flat-out insulting.

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