When a devastating illness threatens to end Evan Lake's career in the C.I.A., he goes rogue to hunt down a terrorist who tortured him during a mission gone awry years ago.


Paul Schrader


Paul Schrader (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Evan Lake
Anton Yelchin ... Milton Schultz
Alexander Karim ... Muhammad Banir
Irène Jacob ... Michelle Zubarain
Tomiwa Edun ... Mbui (as Adetomiwa Edun)
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Aasim
Claudius Peters ... Ghedi
Robert G. Slade Robert G. Slade ... James Clifton
Geff Francis ... Dr. Clayborne
Silas Carson ... Dr. Sanjar
Serban Celea ... Dr. Iulian Cornel
Derek Ezenagu Derek Ezenagu ... Dr. Wangari
Sharif Sharbek Sharif Sharbek ... Serban
Tim Silano Tim Silano ... Mike Warner
David Lipper ... Bob Deacon


Veteran CIA agent Evan Lake has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir, has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy. Written by Lionsgate

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From the writer of Taxi Driver and the co-writer of Raging Bull See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Star Nicolas Cage went gray-haired to play the lead central character of Evan Lake in this picture. See more »


When Evan Lake and his colleague Milton Schultz arrive at the Bucharest hospital, they are in a white car. But, when they leave with the Romanian lady, in her car, she has parked in the space they used - and there is no sign of their own car. See more »


Milton Schultz: [speaking on the phone] Something's come up.
Evan Lake: What?
Milton Schultz: I don't wanna talk about it over an open line. Where are you? I'll come meet you.
Evan Lake: [no response]
Milton Schultz: Evan, where are you?
Evan Lake: Diamond Tuesdays.
Milton Schultz: You're at Ruby Tuesdays?
Evan Lake: Yes, I'm at Ruby Tuesdays. That's what I just said.
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Referenced in Behind the Scenes: Dying of the Light (2015) See more »


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Probably won't see much of Cage after this flop
6 December 2014 | by agitpapa-562-1441See all my reviews

This isn't a spy movie it's a disaster movie and the disaster is the movie. The only high points are when the no longer remotely sexy but nevertheless intelligent and interesting Irène Jacob appears. It makes you realize that there is a woman who has Helen Mirren or Charlotte Rampling potential (that's the interesting part). Some may object that Mirren and Rampling are still hot. Then Jacob is definitely your gal. Me, I enjoy their conversation, not their decrepitude.

Anton Yelchin is totally miscast and his part is a train wreck. First he's a nerdy eager beaver goody two shoes then he suddenly becomes a totally unconvincing cold Rambo killer, except when he has to physically engage the bad guy, at which point he reverts to the nerdy 70-pound weakling. His mousy baby face is suited to neither of those roles and he doesn't manage to pull off the innocent-looking tough guy act; in fact it seems never to have occurred to him to try.

As for Nick Cage, he takes his usual gawky, brooding, bipolar demeanor to its logical conclusion and totally loses it, both as the character he plays and the way he plays him. He is all over the place.

The movie as a whole has a Walmart look, as if the producers anticipated that it would bomb and cut costs to the bone. No doubt that's why it is located in, or rather outsourced to, Romania.

The rest of the cast and the thin, thin plot of the movie, the less said the better off we are all.

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Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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In the Dying Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »


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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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