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
Dying of the Light (2014) had a $5 million budget of which $1 million was Nicolas Cage's salary. The shooting location was mostly Romania with some additional scenes shot in the USA and Australia (doubling for Kenya). The film's independent financier was David Grovic, a Bahamanian businessman whose few prior film credits include the critical failure The Bag Man (2014), which Grovic financed, directed, co-wrote and acted in. 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 »
[speaking in front of new CIA recruits]
What the hell are you doing here? Haven't you heard? The CIA fell from the Berlin Wall and all the president's men can't put it back together again! It's broke! Not reliable. Not trustworthy. Can't stand up to the White House. Backstabbers. Watching porn, tapping phones. Best and brightest quit or retired. What in the name of Jesus Christ nailed to the cross are you doing here?
[he and the recruits look at each other in silence]
Because you heard the call. ...
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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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