The Cold Light of Day (2012) Movie Review

Director: Mabrouk El Merchri

Writer: Scott Wiper, John Petro (Screenplay)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Echegui, Joseph Mawle, Caroline Goodall, Rafi Gavron

Plot: 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.

Tagline – Instinct is his greatest weapon.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Cold Light of Day starts when a wall street trader Will (Cavill) travels to Spain to spend time with his estranged family, father Martin (Willis), mother Laurie (Goodall) and brother Josh (Gavron). After Will goes on a trip to the shops, he returns to find the boat abandoned, with his father’s secret past coming back to haunt him.

Will finds himself in a race against time to try and save his family, not knowing who he can trust, with his father’s former partner Carrack (Weaver) hunting him down, along with the terrorists who have his family.

Thoughts on The Cold Light of Day

ThoughtsThe Cold Light of Day is an action thriller that relies on the star power of Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, while trying to create the next star in Henry Cavill. The story will give us the reluctant hero trying to learn what is going on, while trying to save his family, not knowing who to trust in the grander scheme of things, as nearly everyone new that he meets has their own agenda. The idea that he has no background in the spy world, will leave us wondering how he can get the upper hand on most of the people he meets. We do have the explosive action needed, with one notable car chase through the streets of Madrid being the standout in the film. This is a film that might try to offer plenty of twists and turns, but it does become clear who is involved with the plots. The performances are strong enough for an action film, with Henry Cavill doing well as the unlikely hero, despite us expected it in the post Superman appearances.

Final Thoughts The Cold Light of Day is an easy to watch action film.

Christmas Thieves (2021) Movie Review

Director: Francesco Cinquemani

Writer: Mario Bellina, Ferdinando Dell’Omo, Andrea Fazzini (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Arnold, Douglas Dean, Gabriele Greggio, Michael Madsen, Katie McGovern, Esmeralda Spadea

Plot: Two young kids end up spending Christmas eve alone and they mistake two burglars for Santa

Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Christmas Thieves starts when two burglars Frank (Arnold) and Vince (Madsen) find themselves needing to find a hiding place, finding themselves in a home with two children Liam (Zaini) and Olivia (Zaini) whose mother a policewoman has gone to answer the alarm.

As the two men pretend to be the babysitters, they look after the children for the night, where they start to learn they should be living their lives.

Thoughts on Christmas Thieves

ThoughtsChristmas Thieves is a family film that finds two burglars looking after two children during their latest job, where the two children look to bring out the best in the two men during the Christmas period. This is a film that doesn’t seem to have the connection it would like, with the bumbling burglars getting in over their head and everything seemingly being forgotten about when it comes to their criminal ways. By the end of the film you will feel like there was a lot more to come, with the mix of an animation tale from the bedtime book, looking to reflect real life, being the main attraction towards the positive in this film. (Including Genres, Settings, Special Effects, Music, Costumes, Everything non-story or acting)

Final Thoughts Christmas Thieves is a flat Christmas movie, lacking an magic or spark.