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Review: The Cold Light of Day

Mabrouk El Mechri's latest film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 11, 2012
1.5 1.5 Stars

What I learned from the latest movie from Mabrouk El Mechri (JCVD): Madrid's police only work during the daytime, when they're everywhere (in the morning, they seem to be the only people on the streets). But at night? Why, feel free to shoot up the city with semi-automatic weapons and speed through its picturesque parkways causing multiple traffic accidents, sometimes at the same time! Yes, even if you're an Ugly American (constantly yelling "English!" at the natives is a perfectly suitable substitute for not speaking Spanish) who's accused of gunning down a policia. Will (Henry Cavill, the next Man of Steel) hasn't shot anyone, of course, but he is on the run from whoever kidnapped his vacationing family, headed by his crabby dad Marty (Bruce Willis), who's — surprise! — an undercover spook. Who knew! Well, a shady CIA cohort named Carrack did. As played by Sigourney Weaver, she's the only one having any fun — and that includes the audience.

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