Dying of the Light


Dying of the Light (2014)


Critic Consensus: Dying of the Light envelops the spark of several intriguing talents, leaving audiences lost in a yawning void of uninspired filmmaking.


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Academy Award (R) winner* Nicolas Cage ignites a powder keg of action in this electrifying cloak-and-dagger thriller. Evan Lake (Cage), a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé (Anton Yelchin) uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir (Alexander Karim), has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy. (C) Lionsgate

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Nicolas Cage
as Evan Lake
Anton Yelchin
as Milton Schultz
Irène Jacob
as Michelle Zuberain
Robert G. Slade
as James Clifton
Derek Ezenagu
as Dr. Wangari
Geff Francis
as Dr. Clayborne
Tim Silano
as Mike Warner
Silas Carson
as Dr. Sanjar
Serban Celea
as Dr. Cornel
Arsha Aghdasi
as Abdi Abikarim
Olivia Nita
as Day Room Nurse
Seth Kozak
as Therapist
Bob Winter
as John Randall
Kenneth Huegel
as State Trooper
Komel Ali
as Front Desk Nurse
Julie Becker
as Waitress
Bogdan Stanoevici
as SRI Officer
Nyawuda Chuol
as Hotel Guest
Caitlin Duff
as Hotel Guest
Brad McMurray
as Mombasa Guard
Kal Pantano
as Hotel Guest
Gretel Sharp
as Hotel Guest
Christopher J. Woods
as Hotel Guest (as Christopher Woods)
Petar Zabic
as Tourist
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Critic Reviews for Dying of the Light

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

"Dying of the Light" is a shrill and bombastic slog, with an all-over-the-map collection of tones that never cohere into a credible or compelling vision.

Dec 5, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The rushed and often inchoate execution means there's little in the film that gets the benefit of more than a moment's reflection.

Dec 5, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A weirdly misshapen, fitfully intriguing depiction of one man's wayward quest for justice, plainly compromised in ways that only a director's cut could properly illuminate.

Dec 5, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

On a commercial level, "Dying of the Light" sometimes plays as just another high-concept vehicle for a comically overacting Mr. Cage. But Mr. Schrader's vision is strong enough to rage against the hackier calculations.

Dec 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Cage's loop-di-loop performance, the movie's surviving asset, at least hints at the themes of institutional illness and mortal decline that must have fascinated Schrader.

Dec 4, 2014 | Full Review…

It plays out as a more or less conventional direct-to-video-style thriller, distinguished by a handful of subtexts and images that might have been developed in a different version, but here register as mere quirks.

Dec 4, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dying of the Light

Evan Lake (Nicholas Cage) was a legend at the C.I.A., but after years in the game, and a particularly horrible experience at the hands of the Taliban, he was diagnosed with dementia, and forced into retirement. Lake is moving on with his life when new information comes to light, that his old nemesis, a terrorist leader long believed dead, is back. Knowing their best chance to catch him is Lake, they turn to him for help, but can he keep it together long enough to complete his mission? This unbelievably was a b-movie, yet a remarkably strong performance for Nicholas Cage, who randomly had to go between C.I.A. legend and confused old man. His performance is aided by the late Anton Yelchin, playing an analyst who admires Lake so much, that he goes against orders to help him with his mission. The whole dynamic between the man at the end of his career on his last mission, and the boy at the start of his career on his first mission, really added something different, that you don't typically see in espionage films. Dying of The Light really does have a lot to like about it, but one must remember, it is an espionage film and a direct-to-video one at that. The writing isn't spectacular and parts of it are more than somewhat confusing. They also throw in a lot of Evan's flashbacks and delusions at the completely wrong times, which really did start to bother me as the film got more intense. Overall, I did enjoy this film, I thought the acting was terrific, and I loved the dynamic and chemistry between the two leading men, despite the obvious age difference. Dying of The Light certainly isn't a perfect movie, but it's still an entertaining one.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


It's just a simple revenge thriller that never takes off and becomes very stale very quickly, Not a bad acting performance by the cast but with little action and a plot that is over sold there isn't much for people to enjoy I'm afraid.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

Super Reviewer

Absolutely terrible, but since that's exactly how it looks, I guess you could say that this film doesn't disappoint. Worth seeing if you like shitty Nicolas Cage films.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer

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