How do you like your thrillers? Are you like me and prefer your thrillers to be fast paced and have the sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seats kind of tension (aka – a white knuckler – a term derived from so tightly gripping the arms rests of the theater seats – that your knuckles turn white). How about gunplay and auto chases? And finally, don’t you hope thrillers have a bit of logic to them, a really bad villain, and a heroic lead that you can admire – are these all on your wish list?
Which brings us to The Cold Light of Day which opened on Friday, September 7th. Historically, this weekend aka the weekend following the Labor Day holiday, has been the lowest film revenue producing weekend of the year. So if your film is opening on that weekend – there’s a good chance that A) your film isn’t that good, B) you chose to find a spot away from strong competition, and/or C) this was the only weekend offered to you.
The film stars Henry Cavill, Sigourney Weaver, and Bruce Willis. This is a film that begins with a family on a holiday aboard a sail boat off the coast of one of Spain’s sun-drenched beach towns. Willis (called Martin in the film) is a shadowy US government employee based in Madrid. Weaver (Carrack) is someone Willis works with, and the lead Henry Cavill as Will, is Martin’s son who has just flown in from San Francisco to meet up with his parents, his brother, and the brother’s girl friend, Dara.
When Will has had enough of his Dad’s heavy-handed parenting, he announces he has to go into town to get some stuff, so he dives off the sail boat to swim in and do his shopping. A few hours later, when he returns to the beach to swim back to boat – he doesn’t see the boat. He climbs up to the top of a hill, and from there he can see that the boat has gone around the point and is now anchored in a gentle out-of-sight cove.
He swims out to the boat and finds – his whole family is gone, and there are definite signs of a fierce struggle having taken place on board. The local police aren’t much help but they say take us to the boat. As usual in this type of film, the local police can’t be trusted. They’re about to turn Will over to the bad guys.