Register  |  Sign In
View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Sat Apr 13, 2024 12:05 am



Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ] 
 The Cold Light of Day 

What grade would you give this film?
A 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
B 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
C 40%  40%  [ 2 ]
D 40%  40%  [ 2 ]
F 20%  20%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 5

 The Cold Light of Day 
Author Message
loyalfromlondon
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:31 pm
Posts: 19697
Location: ville-marie
Post The Cold Light of Day
The Cold Light of Day

Image

Quote:
The Cold Light of Day is a 2012 action film directed by Mabrouk El Mechri, starring Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, and Henry Cavill.

_________________
Magic Mike wrote:
zwackerm wrote:
If John Wick 2 even makes 30 million I will eat 1,000 shoes.


Same.


Algren wrote:
I don't think. I predict. ;)


Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:17 am
Profile
Superfreak
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:54 am
Posts: 21880
Location: Places
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
Saw this today. Stunning.

Henry Cavill's turn here will completely overshadow whatever he does as Superman, he is beyond brilliant and has to be the front runner for Best Actor at this point in time. Bruce Willis has never been better, channeling John McClane and Harry Stamper into one mega character. Sigourney Weaver turns in her best performance since 'Aliens'. This is going to reach stratospheric levels at the box office, look for insane word of mouth and an unbelievably leggy run.

A+

Best film of the year.

_________________
Ari Emmanuel wrote:
I'd rather marry lindsay Lohan than represent Mel Gibson.


Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:21 pm
Profile
Pure Phase
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:33 am
Posts: 34865
Location: Maryland
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
At its best, The Cold Light of Day is a super generic action movie, the type of film which plays for a short while in auditorium number ten before becoming a TNT mainstay at 2:30am. At its worst, it is almost toxic.

Its foremost flaw: it has neither the joy nor the ace craftsmanship required to forgive its absolute unoriginality, from its liberal use of Tom Clancy style, neither-here-nor-there espionage lingo ("a special branch of the agency" and rogue operatives and such) to the fact a mysterious stolen briefcase lies at the heart of the plot. Yes, a stolen briefcase. The film also undercuts its own John-Q.Public-versus-super-spies angle when the protagonist, a Milquetoast executive on a nightmare vacation in Spain, too easily performs James Bond style heroics during the long, boring car chases and gunfights.

The plot at times resembles a second-rate novel for children and teenage readers, but cast with adults. Surprise, Your Dad's a Secret Agent could be the title, and there is another groan-inducing family twist around halfway through.

While there are a few neat (if self-conscious) shots throughout, other technical decisions are distracting and strange: much of the first act, for example, seems to have been (poorly) shot day for night, resulting in blue-tinted and under-lit visual confusion for the audience. Real, I presume, locations in Madrid and elsewhere are not utilized with any novelty or respect.

Though featured in every trailer and on every poster, Bruce Willis leaves 20 minutes in, no doubt paid far too much for this exhausted, minor, and unpleasant performance. One senses the other actors wish they could follow him out the door. This film's failure is almost fascinating: spies are fun. Chases through European cities are fun. Protagonists in over their heads and forced to be resourceful are fun. So why is there almost no fun to be found here? What went so wrong? Maybe the answer is inside the briefcase.

D

I voted C by accident.

_________________
ImageImageImage

1. The Lost City of Z - 2. A Cure for Wellness - 3. Phantom Thread - 4. T2 Trainspotting - 5. Detroit - 6. Good Time - 7. The Beguiled - 8. The Florida Project - 9. Logan and 10. Molly's Game


Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:27 pm
Profile
loyalfromlondon
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:31 pm
Posts: 19697
Location: ville-marie
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
You can change your vote.

_________________
Magic Mike wrote:
zwackerm wrote:
If John Wick 2 even makes 30 million I will eat 1,000 shoes.


Same.


Algren wrote:
I don't think. I predict. ;)


Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:39 pm
Profile
Pure Phase
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:33 am
Posts: 34865
Location: Maryland
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
How?

_________________
ImageImageImage

1. The Lost City of Z - 2. A Cure for Wellness - 3. Phantom Thread - 4. T2 Trainspotting - 5. Detroit - 6. Good Time - 7. The Beguiled - 8. The Florida Project - 9. Logan and 10. Molly's Game


Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:41 pm
Profile
You must have big rats
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 16, 2004 4:28 pm
Posts: 92093
Location: Bonn, Germany
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
Umm...just by doing it.



Glad you disliked it. I was afraid your liking of Cavill would blur your perception.

Only interesting thing - the girl turned out to be the sister and not a love interest for a change.

_________________
The greatest thing on earth is to love and to be loved in return!

Image


Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:01 pm
Profile WWW
Pure Phase
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:33 am
Posts: 34865
Location: Maryland
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
This poll doesn't allow repeat voting, at least not for me.

_________________
ImageImageImage

1. The Lost City of Z - 2. A Cure for Wellness - 3. Phantom Thread - 4. T2 Trainspotting - 5. Detroit - 6. Good Time - 7. The Beguiled - 8. The Florida Project - 9. Logan and 10. Molly's Game


Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:45 pm
Profile
loyalfromlondon
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:31 pm
Posts: 19697
Location: ville-marie
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
Well, it does for me, so I'm not sure what the problem is.

_________________
Magic Mike wrote:
zwackerm wrote:
If John Wick 2 even makes 30 million I will eat 1,000 shoes.


Same.


Algren wrote:
I don't think. I predict. ;)


Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:22 pm
Profile
Pure Phase
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:33 am
Posts: 34865
Location: Maryland
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
Maybe because you and the good doctor are administrators.

_________________
ImageImageImage

1. The Lost City of Z - 2. A Cure for Wellness - 3. Phantom Thread - 4. T2 Trainspotting - 5. Detroit - 6. Good Time - 7. The Beguiled - 8. The Florida Project - 9. Logan and 10. Molly's Game


Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:06 pm
Profile
Extraordinary
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:25 am
Posts: 18860
Location: San Diego
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
Dr. Lecter wrote:
Umm...just by doing it.



Glad you disliked it. I was afraid your liking of Cavill would blur your perception.

Only interesting thing - the girl turned out to be the sister and not a love interest for a change.


Yeah, I agree, that actually surprised me.

Yeah, it was pretty bad but I didn't mind staring at Cavill. :wub2:


Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:17 pm
Profile
Keeping it Light
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:06 am
Posts: 11198
Location: Bright Falls
Post Re: The Cold Light of Day
I caught this on tv, and after having seen a slew of mostly great films, this really put me back on earth to realize there are bad movies out there. I want to take away a few good things from this, I like Cavill in it and his spanish female associate too, also the car chase scene at the end is reasonably choreographed, but everything else is pretty ugh, from Willis to Weaver, the action, the plot it's all so very dull and it feels like a completely useless film for most of it.

D+


Thu Jan 11, 2024 3:30 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 11 posts ] 

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by STSoftware for PTF.