Valdosta Daily Times


September 17, 2012

‘The Words’: Worth hearing, seeing


VALDOSTA — Movie Review: This film has star power, and it boasts a unique plot. With those multiple pluses, it still fails as an action flick because it appears implausible and full of plot holes.

Businessman Will (Cavill) returns to his family’s sailboat to find his family has been kidnapped while sailing off the coast of Spain. Soon, Will learns his father, Martin (Willis), is really a CIA agent, and the people who have his family are looking for a mysterious briefcase that belongs to Martin. Multiple intelligence agents chase Will and his new acquaintance, Lucia (Echegui), looking for that mysterious briefcase.

This film takes place during a short period of time, less than two days. The time period appears to be much longer. This action drags along with frequent chase sequences. The entire time, it never makes any sense. Plenty of unanswered questions appear, mainly the motives of characters. Explanations for characters’ motivations are lacking. Instead, the audiences must make assumptions about characters’ behavior. This does not explain characters’ actions.

Two writers helmed this plot that appears unfinished. The story is stupid and not worthy of a big-screen production. Perhaps, producers were trying to showcase a handsome Cavill, the new Superman in next year’s “Man of Steel.” Audiences should already know Cavil from cable television’s “The Tudors” (2007) and “Immortals” (Director Tarsem Singh, 2011). “Cold Light of Day” is a poor showing for the talented Cavill. He does not appear to be an action star, although he is believable. With hope, he performs better as Superman.  

Echegui is the cute female lead. She brings a certain happiness to the film, but this lousy screenplay does not give her much to work with. Willis plays a rough guy — make that rough father here — very well. Here, he does not make the cut in this small role. Weaver is always enjoyable to watch. She has a demanding presence and seasoned beauty that mesmerizes, yet she cannot save this wayward production.

“Cold Light of Day” is similar to actor Liam Neeson’s flick “Taken” (2008) and last month’s “The Bourne Legacy” (2012). “Cold Light of Day” does not measure up to either.   

Grade: D- (Still trying to figure out what the title means ...)


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