Dying of the Light

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Dying of the Light

Paul Schrader (2014)

89min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nicolas Cage plays a spy with a type of dementia that inclines him towards unpredictable behaviour - doesn't that sound like a recipe for something unhinged and wonderful? Sadly, the finished product falls way short of expectation. But there is sport to be had trying to work out what writer/director Paul Schrader's original intentions were, before the studio recut his film and added a jarring sub-Bourne soundtrack. A meditation on age and the end of the American era, perhaps, as we track Cage and rookie Anton Yelchin on a "one last job" trek through a never-more-glamorous Bucharest and on to a showdown with ageing, also sick adversary Alexander Karim. Karim is excellent as the charmingly persuasive jihadist, as are all the committed cast, which includes Irène Jacob (of Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Véronique and Three Colours: Red), another indication of the more political flavour this film might have had if Schrader had been given carte blanche. As it is, a classic case of "what might have been".

Summary

A CIA agent is diagnosed with a degenerative condition that results in him being forced to retire from the world of intelligence. When he receives word that a terrorist who once tortured him has resurfaced, he goes rogue and sets out to assassinate the man while he is still able. Thriller, starring Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Irene Jacob.

Cast & Crew

Evan Lake Nicolas Cage
Milton Schultz Anton Yelchin
Muhammad Banir Alexander Karim
Michelle Zubarain Irène Jacob
Aasim Aymen Hamdouchi
Ghedi Claudius Peters
Director Paul Schrader
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Other Information

Language: English / Romanian / ArabicColourTheatrical distributor: Signature EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Jan 2015
Drama