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New Release Review - The Cold Light Of Day

Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri
Starring: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, VerĂ³nica Echegui

Usually this is where I try to sum up the plot in a neat sentence but seeing as how this movie doesn't have one I'm kind of stuck.

Back in January, Soderbergh's "Haywire" set the bar at a new low for the spy thriller. Well this movie takes on the challenge and limbos it's way right under that bar.
Were it not for the fact that this coming Friday sees the release of a movie based on a Hasbro board game, I would guarantee this is the most badly written movie of the year. Screenwriters Scott Wiper and John Petro manage to pull off a unique feat; despite not being able to follow the plot you'll still be able to predict every scene of this turkey. I actually developed a headache trying to make sense of this. Eventually I gave up as I realised the writers were no more clued in than I was.
If you sat an eight year old in front of "The Bourne Identity" and asked him to recreate the script from memory you might end up with something like this. An American finds himself in a European city, there's a car chase involving bouncing down steps, an evil female CIA chief, a piece of Euro totty who turns out to be Cavill's sister, thus ruining any sexual tension that may liven up the movie.
As if an incomprehensible script wasn't enough, Belgian hack El Mechri assaults us with the usual shaky cam nonsense, frequently shooting night scenes that are too dark to comprehend. It features the most badly filmed car chase since Michael Bay's "The Rock".
I'm always complaining about how no original screenplays get made anymore but if this is the quality that's out there maybe Hollywood should stick to the remakes and board game adaptations.
This movie should never have been allowed to see the cold light of day.
1/10