Bruce Willis has become a strange paradox lately. He continues to release big budget Hollywood movies like Die Hard and RED sequels, yet it seems every week there is a new film with him that skipped theaters and went direct to home video. Some have been bad (Catch .44) and some have been pretty darn good (Fire with Fire). This month we get another one, this time starring this summer’s Man of Steel, Henry Cavill and Sigourney Weaver alongside Bruce in The Cold Light of Day.
Will (Cavill) is visiting his family in Spain for a sailing trip. He is reluctant to take the trip as his business is in trouble and his life seems to be falling apart. Not to mention Will does not have the greatest relationship with his father Martin (Willis). When they anchor their boat and Will goes into town for supplies, he returns to find the boat moved and his entire family missing. He eventually runs into his father who tells Will he is not what he has appeared to be and that he in fact works for the C.I.A. A mysterious briefcase is wanted by someone Martin dealt with and their family is being held until they get it. Will must find a way to rescue his family and get everyone out of the situation alive.
I really enjoyed the heck out of The Cold Light of Day. Willis was good in his role, but the real stars here are Cavill and Sigourney Weaver. Cavill holds his own well as the focus of the story and gives us a nice look at what kind of thing we might be getting soon with his Man of Steel interpretation. He is charismatic and has great screen presence, and carries the film well on his own. A delicious and unexpected treat though is Sigourney Weaver playing one of the best villain roles she has had in quite some time. She is an over the top, scene stealing, practically Terminator-esque monster that had me giggling with delight. The whole film holds together well with a retro 80s vibe and a Fugitive meets Taken feel to it as well. A fun thriller that is a bit of a roller coaster ride, The Cold Light of Day can easily be checked into the “Good Bruce” pile.
The Blu-ray from eOne is very nice indeed. Great clarity and detail, a washed out but solid color scheme and a crisp soundtrack all keep The Cold Light of Day on the level of most Hollywood thrillers. A nice little gem for the cold winter months, check it out.
Available January 29, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.