Monday, September 10, 2012

Cold Light of Day

If you like chase films in which an average guy is forced to become a man of action,
I think you'll enjoy The Cold Light of Day.
It would be easy, as critics have, to trash this film, because of the wooden Henry Cavill, whose character defies the genetics of being the child of Bruce Willis and Caroline Woodall. (Note that I'll buy into any premise as long as it keeps its logic.)

However, I think that a negative view does a great disservice to the director Mabrouk El Mechri, cinematographer Remi Adefarasin and editor Valerio Bunelli, who kept the pace moving forward with enervating speed. Kudos, also, go to the excellent Roschdy Zem (see him as the Obama-look-alike inspector in Une Nuit) and Penelope Cruz look-alike Veronica Echegui.  Along with Willis and Sigourney Weaver, they manage to carry Cavill through the adventure. 
Madrid and the Spanish Coast help for pleasant viewing, as well.

I'm giving this film a 3 out of 5 for enjoyability and production values.

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