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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.


Mabrouk El Mechri
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2 nominations. See more awards »





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 Lolo Herrero ... Reynaldo


Wall Street trader Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) races to rescue his family after they're kidnapped while vacationing in Spain, and he exposes a sinister government conspiracy and unearths dark family secrets along the way in this thriller co-starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Instinct is his greatest weapon.


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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USA | Spain


English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fría luz del día See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$765,626 (Spain), 6 April 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,831,588, 9 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,749,061, 30 September 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,968,746, 31 August 2012
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Will (Henry Cavill) gets back on the boat in the Beginning of the movie to find no one is on the boat, he looks into a cubby with a mirror with his reflection. You see him for sure on the top right, before the switch, you see the camera person hands and wires 00:15:39-00:15:40. See more »


Carrack: Oh, Will. What a mess. Looks like you're going to need some more stitches. And your little dead friend, too. Your mother's gonna freak out.
Carrack: Aw is that your father's gun? I'm sorry
[raises pistol]
Carrack: are you looking for something like this?
[gasps as she is shot with a sniper rifle by Zahir]
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Featured in Projector: The Cold Light of Day (2012) See more »


Written by Porter Robinson, Richard Billis, and Sue Cho
Performed by Porter Robinson and Lazy Rich featuring Sue Cho
Courtesy of Big Fish Recordings
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Leave me kind of cold in a good way
6 April 2012 | by sagat4See all my reviews

The film is not bad and not excellent - it straddles the average line sort of. Not to give much away, i was quite surprised by the film on a whole. Every time i watch a Bruce Willis film i expect to see him in the lead role but he was not the star today - i guess Henry Cavill is steadily been built up to become an A-lister (don't forget he is playing Superman in the 'Man if Steel') The script is OK but does need work in certain areas (watch and find out) Sigourney Weaver played an unconvincing baddie and 'unknown'Verónica Echegui character could have been more involving. I could go on and on but i will leave it there.

My score: 6.5/10 which is decent

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