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Dying of the Light (2014)

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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.

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Paul Schrader

Writer:

Paul Schrader (screenplay)

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Cast

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 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 ... Mike Warner
David Lipper ... Bob Deacon
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Bahamas | USA

Language:

English | Romanian | Arabic

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Dying Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$697,847
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his speech at the beginning, Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage) references the traditional English nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" by adapting its text to describe the crisis of the CIA. The nursery rhyme in the common text version from 1954 goes like this: "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, / Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. / All the king's horses and all the king's men / Couldn't put Humpty together again." See more »

Goofs

When the private jet lands in Mombasa, the Customs official stamps Evan's passport with JKIA. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is in Nairobi. See more »

Quotes

Evan Lake: [to the CIA director] You've got your head so far up Obama's ass that all you can see is his shit anymore.
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Mostly just underwhelming
29 December 2014 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

The big story associated with this film is that its director, Paul Schrader, was locked out of the editing room and denied final cut. Subsequently, Schrader and the stars have disowned this version. However, despite their reaction out of principle, DYING OF THE LIGHT isn't that terrible. It's merely underwhelming. Nicolas Cage gives a decent performance as Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent with recently diagnosed dementia. Upon receiving some intelligence which indicates that a former target may still be alive, he decides to go after them before his disease puts him out of commission permanently. At its core, this film has an interesting concept that is never fully realized to its full thematic potential: two nemeses have one final reckoning while each are battling a debilitating disease. From what I saw, Nicolas Cage put in some good character work, and even gets to "rage" a little bit, but he was still hampered by an editing job that seemed to be going for a more streamlined thriller. Due to this, it felt like there was a fair amount of character development missing, mostly from supporting players but also from Cage himself. His disease doesn't take as big of a role as you might think, given its severity. As far as the rest of the cast is concerned, everyone did a good job but they really weren't given a whole lot to work with. Anton Yelchin was the only other name actor I recognized, and his presence seemed rather perfunctory. Perhaps he would have had a larger role in Paul Schrader's cut, but we'll probably never know unless it gets released on Blu-ray/DVD. All of the technical aspects of the film were good, although it did have the rather depressing color palette associated with low-budget Eastern European thrillers. The editing in the fight scenes was a bit choppy, but the camera-work was OK for the most part otherwise. The score also wasn't too memorable, but it still fit the material to a degree. The only part of it I genuinely liked was the track that played over the closing credits. Overall, I wasn't expecting a masterpiece and of course I didn't get one. However, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be either, somewhat to its detriment. Scenes began and then ended without much incident and didn't contribute much to the overall story. A part of me wished that it was worse because at least then it would be memorable. What I got was purely middle-of-the-road and, dare I say it, a little dull. Those looking for a fired-up Nicolas Cage performance should look elsewhere. You'd be perfectly justified in skipping this.


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