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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Mabrouk El Mechri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Cavill ... Will
Verónica Echegui ... Lucia
Bruce Willis ... Martin
Sigourney Weaver ... Carrack
Joseph Mawle ... Gorman
Caroline Goodall ... Laurie
Rafi Gavron ... Josh
Emma Hamilton ... Dara
Michael Budd ... Esmael
Roschdy Zem ... Zahir
Óscar Jaenada ... Maximo
Joe Dixon ... Dixon
Jim Piddock ... Meckler
Fermí Reixach ... Carlos
Lolo Herrero ... Reynaldo
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Storyline

The young Wall Street trader, Will Shaw, is in for a shock when some powerful opponents abduct his family during a sailing trip in Spain. Now, as Will and his father, Martin Shaw, find themselves dragged into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game fanned by a sinister government conspiracy, a stolen briefcase becomes a pole of attraction to the ruthless kidnappers who are willing to go to great lengths to retrieve the mysterious valise. More and more, the noose is tightening around Martin and Shaw, and, little by little, dark and well-kept family secrets come to the surface. In this deadly confrontation, the father and son can trust no one. What will the cold light of day bring? Written by Nick Riganas

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Plot Keywords:

police | shootout | murder | spy | boat | See All (102) »

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The truth will come to light. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Despite prominent billing in the credits, Bruce Willis only has about 30 minutes of total screen time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lucia: He said he was a business consultant.
Will: Business consultant. That's rich.
Lucia: What about you? What do you do?
Will: I used to run a small company.
Lucia: And what did your small company do?
Will: Business consultants.
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Featured in Projector: The Cold Light of Day (2012) See more »

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Say My Name
Written and Performed by Porter Robinson
Courtesy of Porter Robinson
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Average film, distinct lack of Bruce!
15 April 2012 | by johnnymufc90See all my reviews

Well I wasn't expecting much from this film to begin with and I certainly wasn't wrong with how the film panned out. When I arrived in the theatre there was background music playing over the trailers and adverts. This even continued into the start of the film! Therefore I couldn't actually hear what was going on for the first 3 or 4 minutes. I should have known what my experience was going to be like after that. I thought the film had a promising start with Willis being about the only semblance of my enjoyment. But it all went downhill after the first 25 minutes or so. I thought the script was dire and the action sequences were poorly directed. In some of the scenes I could plainly tell an effort was being made by the director to imitate some classic action scenes in the Bourne series. The whole business with the briefcase also left a lot to be desired.

Weaver's performance was puzzling. She appears as a ruthless agency operative but at points in the film I was wondering if she thought she was starring in a comedy with her outrageous behaviour in some of the end scenes. Overall I'd say save your money for a better film that doesn't try to rip off other films in its genre.


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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

Hebrew | English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cold Light of Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,831,588, 9 September 2012

Gross USA:

$3,763,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,863,583
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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