Dying of the Light

2014 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

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Dying of the Light

2014 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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Forced to retire and just diagnosed with dementia, CIA operative Evan Lake learns that his nemesis -- a terrorist long-presumed dead -- has resurfaced. Going rogue, Lake sets out to hunt down his foe while staying one step ahead of a crumbling mind.
Blu-ray DVD
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Dying of the Light is an international revenge thriller with a main character who's diagnosed with a form of dementia. There are bloody chases, fights with guns and knives, suicide, spurting blood, and dead bodies. Language is strong, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "ass." The main character drinks frequently, overdoing it once or twice. He also smokes. Sex isn't an issue except for a kiss between adults and references to Internet porn. The movie is very pro-CIA and features a stirring speech about "the call" to join. It's directed by Paul Schrader, who claims that his director's cut was taken away, edited, and newly scored and mixed without his approval. What's left is mildly interesting, but die-hard cinephiles may want to join Schrader in his silent protest against this truncated release.

Sexual Content

Characters kiss. References to Internet porn.


A character is held hostage and beaten in the face with a baseball bat. Guns are shown and fired. Blood. Ear sliced open. Car chase. Suicide from a bridge. Chase scenes. Throat slicing, with blood spurt. A shootout, with dead bodies and blood. Fighting. Knives. Eye gouging. A second suicide.


"F--k" is used several times. Also "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "damn," "Jesus" and "Jesus Christ" (as exclamations). "Ass" and "s--t" shown in subtitles.

Social Behavior

Mainly a revenge tale without hope, although a secondary character volunteers to help the main character with no expectation of reward. The movie is very pro-CIA.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A character drinks several times: whiskey in a bar, sake at home, martini in restaurant. Another character takes his drink away when he's had too much. Smoking. Prescription pills shown.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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