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Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge to both orthodox science and professional sceptics. Tom starts to develop an intense obsession with Silver, whose magnetism becomes stronger with each new manifestation of inexplicable events. As Tom gets closer to Silver, tension mounts, and his worldview is threatened to its core.
I shouldn't get this pissed off about films anymore at my age, but I just can't help myself. There will be swearing.
Ok, so first of all I'll need to contact the Letterboxd guys as they have mistakenly placed this film under thrillers where it obviously needed to be placed in the 'intentionally boring, moronic without realising it piece of shit' genre. This film is not a thriller it is about as tense and exciting as an average episode of the Teletubbies. Come to think of it, the one where Tinky Winky lost his bag was infinitely more suspenseful than this pompous heap of manure.
Then there's the artist fomerly known as Robert DeNiro. He is atrocious here and is…
There are two kinds of people out there with a special gift. The ones who really think they have some kind of power. And the other guys, who think we can't figure them out. They're both wrong.
Rodrigo Cortés' second feature film and first English film, Buried, was a solid thriller with incredibly inventive directing working around the imposed limitations of the film. While I wasn't completely blown away by it, my first thoughts after was that I couldn't wait to see what Cortés could accomplish without such limitations. That brings us to Red Lights.
While Cortés works from his own screenplay here, I have to say there is hardly anything inventive or unique about the directing here…
Red Lights is a film of missed opportunities and frustrating creative decisions. The film begins like a Brian De Palma thriller (admittedly more like De Palma on an off day) as we witness two scientists debunking a series of supposed paranormal events. Director, Rodrigo Cortés, creates an effective mood in the early going whilst the impressive cast do their best with on the nose dialogue and a rather overwrought tone. Yet for all this solid scene setting Cortés doesn’t seem to trust in his own abilities without throwing laughable and nonsensical theatrics at the screen for the final hour.
Much has been made of Red Lights’ ‘what were they thinking’ climax. It is a final act that even M Night…
Sometimes you revisit a movie hoping for a better outcome. I had watched Red Lights back in Nov 2012 and was slightly underwhelmed. Rodrigo Cortes's film had potential but suffered from a poor script and a Robert De Niro simply going through the motions. Unfortunately this is still a damp squib.
Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy are the investigators of paranormal hoaxes and delight in discrediting psychics and their fraudulent practices. It's slow and methodical but lacks real drama or even intrigue. Focusing on De Niro's rather sinister and reclusive Simon Silver, a psychic who had retired after his biggest detractor died at one of his shows, this has Murphy eager to prove him a fraud. There are a few…
Well, Robert De Niro proved to me that he actually DID have at least one more good performance left in him.
Director Rodrigo Cortes proved to me that when he's not isolated to a box, he can't exactly think out of it.
It saddens, and somewhat confuses, me to read all the negative reviews for this film, because I thought it was a brilliant psychological thriller. Even after reading the reviews I find it hard to fault.
A lot of the criticisms for Red Lights come from its final twist. Watching the film with my housemate, it wasn't something she enjoyed either, but it certainly wasn't a twist that either of us was expecting. I guess in a sense it was a bit of a let down after the build up of the rest of the film, but the fact that it held my surprise was enough for me to conclude it is a fitting end.
As for the film's suspense, the…
A series of discordant, mildly clever one-liners in the first third of this film eventually give way to an overconfident story that tips its pitches way more often than it intended.
To paraphrase Weaver's character: For a moment– and that's what it was, a second– I believed this was a good movie. And I'll never forgive Cortez for that.
The first half of the film was intriguing but after that it just got worse and worse, sacrificing a reasonable plot development for cheap threatrics and culminating in a very poorly executed conclusion.
Can't rate lower than 2 though because Cillian Murphy, Robert De Niro and Elizabeth Olsen are beautiful. 🌺
Two scientists played by Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy go around debunking those who say they have psychic powers but are fakes. Enter Simon Silver played by Robert De Niro who might be the real deal...or is he. Odd things start to happen. Its well made and the cast are great but it leaks something. It needed more moments of unease and tension. There is a nice twist at the end and Weaver, Murphy and Niro are great in it. Overall a good film that is let down by needing something more.
How did you do it?
not sure how I have missed this Gem but I am glad I finally saw it.
This is a creative and intruiging film... Quite entertaining
Omg! Cillian Murphy was in my hometown Hamilton when I lived there to film this? :D Sigh.....
This movie was weird, and I guess I liked it parts of it?, but it just lost me too many times to like it as a whole.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After watching the documentary An Honest Liar, which is a kind of love letter to James Randi, who I now really admire, I now find the field of debunking so called psychics rather interesting. So when I saw the trailer for Red Lights, I saw huge potential. Cillain Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Nero in a film about psychic and paranormal investigations, as well as it being made by the studio behind The Woman in Black? I could not resist. There was one thing I wasn't too sure about however. Rodrigo Cortez. I had heard of buried, starring Ryan Reynolds stuck in a coffin in Iraq, and what I had heard about it had been quite mixed. The rest…
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