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Dying of the Light

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent revenge thriller feels thin; language, drinking.

Movie R 2014 94 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

REALLY CSM??? This is not even that violent!!!

CSM kind of overrated the movie. 5/5 for this amazing revenge thriller.

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This movie isn't exactly terrible, but it's also not particularly sharp or fresh. Filmmaker Paul Schrader, who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and directed American Gigolo, seems to be struggling in today's movie industry. According to reports, his cut of DYING OF THE LIGHT was taken from him, and this version was heavily edited, scored, and mixed without his approval. What remains is not really worthy of a filmmaker of Schrader's reputation.

Though his character's diagnosis involves irrational behavior, Cage's performance still comes across as a bit too unhinged. Yelchin is a nice compliment to him, but his role seems gratuitous. Many of the plot details feel like stretches of logic and the imagination, though many moments are quietly effective. Schrader's films are usually thoughtful examinations of obsession, and his rumored director's cut might have been great, but it's impossible to determine much from this released version.

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