THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY (eOne, 2012) D: Mabrouk El Mechri, w/ Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray/DVD package: none Rating: NNN
The Cold Light Of Day is an entertaining, undemanding man-on-the-run thriller that starts its chase early and zips right along to the end, picking up bonus points along the way for its lovely and seldom-seen Madrid and Costa del Sol locations.
An American businessman vacationing on a small yacht with his mother, father and brother returns from an errand to find the boat adrift and everyone gone. In no time at all, he's chasing secret documents through the city with spies and cops in hot pursuit.
The story is just an excuse for the action, which features one wholly unexpected, convention-shattering, jaw-droppingly brilliant stunt sequence that's worth the rental price. The rest is mostly conventional run-and-gun, well shot and passably thrilling.
The movie perks up every time Sigourney Weaver shows her face. With her red-gash mouth and icy eyes, she's the very essence of the soul-dead CIA spymaster. Bruce Willis delivers a less cocky, less likeable version of his standard tough guy, and Henry Cavill and Verónica Echegui - hero and girl - handle their underdeveloped characters as well as can be expected.
There's no extras package, but aside from that one stunt sequence and Weaver, there's not much reason for one.
EXTRAS: English, French audio. English subtitles.