With Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, The Last Temptation of Christ and more, screenwriter Paul Schrader is responsible for a handful of classics. As a director though, he hasn’t made a great film since 2002’s Auto Focus. His last directorial effort, The Canyons, wasn’t half as interesting as the gossip surrounding the project. The same can almost be said for his latest picture, Dying of the Light, a movie that was taken away from Schrader — scored, mixed, and re-cut without him. The troubled production is apparent in the final product. Written by Schrader, Dying of the Light is centered around a veteran CIA agent, Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage), who’s displeased with his current position. The former field operative wasn’t meant to be stuck in an office, but his superiors are wary of his obsession that began 22 years prior with Lake being tortured by a terrorist, Muhammad Banir (Alexander Karim). The terrorist is presumed dead, but the aging agent believes Banir escaped. Cutting to present day, Lake, with the help of a young colleague, Milton Schultz (Anton Yelchin), goes after Banir. To up the ante, there’s a ticking clock for both Lake and Banir: they’re sick. Lake suffers from frontotemporal dementia, making him prone to outbursts, shaky hands and more.