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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 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:

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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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Harrison Ford originally was attached to star to play the lead central character of Evan Lake which in the end was cast with actor Nicolas Cage. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Evan Lake: The CIA has taken some hits. Some deserved. We've been down on the canvas, but we're on our feet again, because we've got no choice, and because our country needs us, and because we've got what? Values!
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Connections

References Ikiru (1952) See more »

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Stupid Cupid
Written by Frederik Wiedmann and Esther Canata
Performed by Esther Canata
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A Corrupted Version of Schrader's Vision
14 June 2015 | by jlthornb51See all my reviews

Although visionary film maker Paul Schrader had this motion picture taken out of his hand by the producer and re-edited, his script and directorial creativity remains powerful and intact. Corrupted by director Brett Ratner at the behest of Lionsgate, it is certainly not the film Schrader wanted to make in its entirety but enough remains of his vision to satisfy those who appreciate his genius. Both Schrader and Cage have disowned this as released, yet Nicholas Cage gives one of his finest performances and that should be imperatively noted. One can see where Schrader's cinematic electricity still runs through the celluloid and where Ratner's clumsy amateurish efforts short circuit the project. It is indeed a shame for this had the potential to earn Oscar nominations all around if not for the egregious studio interference that destroyed what Schrader strived so artistically to achieve.


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