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The Cold Light of Day (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 7 September 2012 (USA)
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After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.

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Lucia
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Gorman
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Laurie
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Josh
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Dara
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Esmael
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Zahir
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Maximo
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Dixon
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Meckler
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Carlos
Lolo Herrero ...
Reynaldo
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After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.

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Instinct is his greatest weapon.

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Action | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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7 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fría luz del día  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,831,588 (USA) (7 September 2012)

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$3,749,061 (USA) (28 September 2012)
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When Henry Cavill turned up on set, he had just finished shooting Immortals (2011) and came sporting an extremely muscular and ultra-ripped physique. Director Mabrouk El Mechri told him that he had to play an ordinary man and that his current body would be completely wrong for the character. Henry Cavill had to lose all the muscle tone and mass that he gained over the previous six months to get his body to look like that of an average man. He did it by eating and drinking a lot and not working out. See more »

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Will and his dad Martin drive to an apartment to get a gun, they park the car that looks like a Seat MPV or something with 7075 GXF on the license plate. They get out and drive the same car away, but when they arrive to meet Jean Carrack, the car is an Audi SUV with 1892 GXA on the plate. See more »

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[last lines]
Will: You should go in and introduce yourself. She *is* your sister.
Josh: She *is* my sister...
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

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Plaza De Madrid
Written and Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of HD Music Now
By arrangement with Syncalicious Music
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Pathetic, boring, uninspired and flat
31 August 2012 | by (San Luis, Argentina) – See all my reviews

If I have to describe this movie with just one word, this will be: "flat".

It is when a movie tries so hard to be original when you know that it will fail miserably in doing so.

From the start the movie is victim of a thousands clichés that on and on progress from worse to unbearable as the movie end.

There is no character progression whatsoever, dialogs are flat, there are no indications of a script, there is none in fact.. Two sides looking for a briefcase that contains a "something" that is not even mentioned in the end is a pathetic attempt as a plot resource.

Even worse is the fact that Bruce Willis is non-existent in the movie, he is basically just for the sake of putting his face in the front cover of the movie.

Sigourney tries so hard with SO little, she surely doesn't need to accept this kinds of roles, specially with movies such as this one.

There are so many plot holes and incoherences that I completely lost all my interest 50% into the movie, for example, in the first 40 minutes of action, our main character was surrounded by cops as soon as he displays a gun, he couldn't move without being surrounded by cops, he even manage to have a warrant order for arrest from the local police, but, incredibly enough, the last 40 minutes of the movie we see car crashes, tourist and local people being killed for no reason, shooting in the streets, so on and so forth with ZERO cops, totally ridiculous!

The movies is a pathetic attempt at an action movie, flat and excessive in violence for no other reason than the lack of a good script.

It doesn't even deserve a 2 in my scale, since any B-movie will surpass this one very easily.

My advice, do not waste your time on this one, it's flat, boring, very unoriginal, being done a million times before and much better.. if you want to see real action with a good script, please, rent or take out of your personal collection the first Die Hard, you will be much more entertained, even if you saw it a hundred times.

Total waste of good actors.

1 out of 10, horrible.


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