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46 Ratings

Dying of the Light

Directed by Paul Schrader
United States, Bahamas, 2014
Drama, Thriller


When a devastating illness threatens to end Evan Lake’s career in the CIA, he goes rogue to hunt down a terrorist who tortured him during a mission gone awry years ago.

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Dying of the Light Directed by Paul Schrader
Some of the technique is pure hackwork – the lowest ebb is a moment where Yelchin slices a goon’s throat in a snow-swept park, and the close-up of blood building up with the blade on the throat would barely have passed muster in a bad Herschell Gordon Lewis movie. Yet, there are some great ideas here, and the film as a whole does make for cheerfully compulsive viewing.
December 30, 2014
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As one who has seen both versions of Dying, I can report that in neither edit is Schrader’s latest a masterpiece, while in both it is an efficient and mostly effective B-grade thriller rooted in a distinctly Schraderian sense of guilt and moral anguish, and featuring a very fine performance by Cage.
December 05, 2014
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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.
December 05, 2014
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