The Cold Light of Day

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Sluggishly unfolding action adventure in which an ordinary businessman (Henry Cavill) unexpectedly finds himself caught up in the world of espionage after his family is kidnapped during a vacation in Spain and he learns that his father (Bruce Willis), whom he believed to be a cultural attache, is in fact a CIA agent. As he tries to meet the kidnappers' demands, and avoid falling into the clutches of one of dad's colleagues (Sigourney Weaver), who may or may not be a traitor, he's joined on the lam by a Madrid office worker (Veronica Echegui) whose family connections have gotten her mixed up with the warring operatives as well. Amid the mayhem of frantic gun duels and hectic car chases, director Mabrouk El Mechri fails to provide viewers with much reason to care.

Watch out for: Considerable violence, some of it harsh and gory, adult themes, several instances of profanity, at least one use of the F-word, and occasional crude and crass language.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 1970