A veteran CIA agent (Nicolas Cage) who's being forced into retirement leaps back into action when his young protégé (Anton Yelchin) discovers that his mentor's archnemesis, a notorious terrorist (Alexander Karim), has returned with a vengeance. Directed by Paul Schrader.~Jason Buchanan
"Behind the scenes of Dying Of The Light" featurette
Cast and crew interviews
Nicolas CageEvan Lake
Anton YelchinMilton Schultz
Robert G. SladeJames Clifton
Derek EzenaguDr. Wangari
Geff FrancisDr. Clayborne
Tim SilanoMike Warner
Silas CarsonDr. Sanjar
Serban CeleaDr. Cornel
Arsha AghdasiAbdi Abikarim
Olivia NitaDay Room Nurse
Bob WinterJohn Randall
Kenneth HuegelState Trooper
Komel AliFront Desk Nurse
Bogdan StanoeviciSRI Officer
Duane TaylorSPO 2
Julie Brandt-RichardsHotel Guest
Nyawuda ChuolHotel Guest
Caitlin DuffHotel Guest
Brad McMurrayMombasa Guard
Kal PantanoHotel Guest
Gretel SharpHotel Guest
Christopher J. WoodsHotel Guest (as Christopher Woods)
Nicolas Cage rarely gives a bad performance, and he did not stray from that path in this film. Without giving away the plot line, we have all been in that situation where we know we are right, but we can't make it stick. That has to appeal to far too many players in what we call the real world. The lingering question remains, "What would you do?"
Two decades ago, a film directed by Paul Schraeder and starring Nic Cage would have been a must-see. Sadly, Dying of the Light is not that. Cage plays a agent, suffering from the early signs of dementia, who uncovers evidence that a terrorist believed dead for years is in fact alive. Cage's character decides to go after him, despite the fact that the powers-that-be are trying to forcibly retire him, and the story goes on from there. What should be a tight spy thriller unfortunately plays out like a slightly better than average made-for-TV movie. A shame for a director and actor that have done much better work.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I purchased Dying of the Light because the price was right and I like Nicolas Cage. I liked the story line. Not as good as his best work but ok.
Nicholas Cage, as CIA Agent Evan Lake, diagnosed with early dementia, decides to pursue a former enemy before his disease takes full hold.
That's about it for a story that wasn't put together very well.
The premise is somewhat original and the acting isn't bad.