Dying of the Light

Wait for the director’s cut

A veteran CIA agent in the early stages of a particularly vicious form of dementia (Nicolas Cage, who does demented mood swings better than most) learns that the presumed-dead terrorist who tortured him 22 years ago is alive and very unwell in Kenya, and dashes off to murder him before he dies.

If you squint your eyes, you might be able to see the moody existential statement about institutional decay that Paul Schrader thought he was making before the film’s moronic financial backers cut him out and re-cut and re-scored his work into this misshapen piece of crap. Wait for the director’s cut. Japanese title: Last Revenge. (94 min)