While the big studios pool all their marketing muscle at Sundance in January and the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the crap they don’t want to promote heads to the theaters. Exhibit A: The Cold Light of Day. It’s a spy/family movie, siphoning some of the gas out of Jason Bourne’s tank, starring Bruce Willis as a CIA agent who had kept his work a secret from his family—until business interrupts pleasure on a family vacation. His son, Will (Henry Cavill, soon to play Superman), is then thrust into the middle of all the typical spy-movie nonsense. How typical? Will spends the rest of his time dodging bullets and hunting a briefcase. Being typical is not a crime—but the transparent script and Mabrouk El Mechri’s flaccid direction are.
Director: Mabrouk Mechri
Producer: Trevor Macy, Marc Evans, Kevin Mann, Matthew Perniciaro, Jesus Asencio, Steven Zaillian and Scott Wiper
Cast: Henry Cavill, Verónica Echegui, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Joseph Mawle, Caroline Goodall, Rafi Gavron, Emma Hamilton, Michael Budd, Roschdy Zem, Óscar Jaenada, Joe Dixon, Jim Piddock and Fermi Reixach