In “The Words,” Bradley Cooper plays struggling writer Rory Jansen, who finds an old manuscript and presents it as his own. After it becomes a huge success, an old man (Jeremy Irons) tells Jansen that the manuscript was his and had been lost in Paris after the death of his baby daughter. Jansen is overcome by guilt and confesses to his boss and publisher (Zeljko Ivanek), as well as to his wife Dora (Zoe Saldana), that he did not write the book.
In actuality, this is the plot of a book by author Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid), who is reading it to a large audience. Hammond, of course, is the word thief.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
To say that “The Cold Light of Day” was not what we were expecting is no lie. We thought we were going to see Bruce Willis in a sci-fi film, because that was the only preview with him in it that we had seen. Although we couldn’t remember the name of that movie, we were confident that since he was in this one showing at the theater that is what we were going to see. (We now know we thought we would be watching “Looper.” 🙂 )
What “The Cold Light of Day” title has to do with the movie we saw is anybody’s guess. This young Wall Street trader, Will (Henry Cavill), flies to Spain for a family vacation aboard a sailboat. His dad, Martin (Willis), picks him up at the airport and drives to the marina where his mother, younger brother, and the younger brother’s girlfriend are waiting. Although he hasn’t seen them for a couple years, Will is unable to relax because his business is in trouble. After many cell phone calls to Will distract him and disrupt the vacation, Martin throws it overboard.
On the pretense of needing something, Will swims to shore to use a public phone. When he gets back to the beach, the boat is gone. He asks people if they have seen which way it went, but no one has, so he goes in search of it. Hours later he discovers it in a secluded cove, but when he swims out to it, no one is onboard. He swims back to shore, goes to the small police station for help, and the action begins.
Will is chased by some bad guys and his father rescues him. Martin is really a secret agent who has stolen a briefcase belonging to the Israelies. They want it back and have kidnapped his family for it. However, a female agent, Carrack (Sigourney Weaver), is really at the bottom of the mess. After Martin is killed, Will learns he has a Spanish half-sister, Lucia (Veronica Echegui), gets shot and beaten up, and rescues the three hostages…Nope, wasn’t at all what we were expecting.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.