You would think if they were going to remake “Taken” with Bruce Willis it would be great movie. Well this movie comes with a price. And I am not talking your admission ticket.
In “Cold Light of Day”, a young American (Henry Cavill) uncovers a conspiracy during his attempt to save his family, who were kidnapped while on vacation in Spain.
Bruce Willis plays his dad and Caroline Goodall is his mom. The movie also co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Shira Scott Astrof.
That’s right folks Willis isn’t the film’s main star matter of a fact he’s only in the film for about 20 minutes.
The story is much like “Taken” or you could say was even a bit like “Frantic” starring Harrison Ford. American lost in Europe gets mixed up with the wrong crowd only to discover his family is in jeopardy.
I really hoped this film was going to be like “Taken” except a father-son, buddy cop kind of action film.
Willis has done some really fun buddy cop movies and thought with the family dynamic this would be fun. I guess I will have to wait for “A Good Day to Die Hard” for that.
Cold Light’s script really leaves a lot to be desired. It tries really hard to deliver shocks and twists but really there is nothing surprising or engaging about the activity. The best thing about the film is the performance from Cavill (future Superman) and the direction from Mabrouk El Mechri, who directed Jean Claude Van Damme to a comeback with “JCVD”.
If you love action films or just need something to drink beer to on a Saturday night then this is a good choice. But really it’s nothing more. Unlike Taken, this is not the gem I hoped for.
2.5 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer