How much do you want to believe?
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…
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…
Could have been so much more.
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I was still wondering where Red Lights (2012) was heading roughly an hour into it. At first, the film seemed to be a straightforward drama/thriller with a committed psychologist and physicist attempting to debunk so-called psychics and faith healers. Then, unsettling events begin to occur, like hallucinations, poltergeist activity, and birds smashing into windows at regular intervals. The editing becomes even less controlled and deliberate, and director Rodrigo Cortés more often allows his camera to flail through scenes in hand-held unease. Red Lights’ second half is a phantasmagoria of lurid colours and surreal sequences, giving the proceedings a feeling of nightmarish chaos. While other early reviews of the film negatively criticize its tonal and structural shifts, I…
You see the names Robert de Niro and Sigourney Weaver and probably think 'can't be that bad then'. Wrong!
Not a complete loss, it looks polished and expensive and the acting is alright. But this film does not know what it wants to be. It's not scary, nor particulary suspensful or even entertaining. What the main plot in this film is gets unclear due some lame inserts that don't bring the story any further. In the end it does answers the central question it asks "Is there magic or not?" with clear and definite maybe.
Don't be fooled by its classy cinematography and A-list cast: this is potentially entertaining, schlocky, silly, big-budget drivel ruined by impenetrable, guffy dialogue and poor, anticlimactic plotting.
Oh dear. There are many things wrong here.
A strong cast that can do nothing to save a script full of awkward silences and communication that would never happen between people.
A first scene so badly put together it felt like an SNL sketch.
Direction that asks De Niro, the king of calm and calculated rage, to have a temper tantrum on stage and that's about it.
Writing that leaves the central villain without any character development to speak of.
Casting that lands the romantic story between two people who really could have been twins, which is just a little creepy even if they are both really good lookin'.
Cheap thrills found by the same effect as someone jumping out…
A really intense mystery film with a great cast and good acting by them. It's interesting and thrilling as long as you watch it... and then it's forgotten forever, because it's a bit too complicated and not really satisfying at the end. I like the many practicals effects they used. The score is good, but a bit too fast-paced as the whole film ist. Love the bold camera work!
No sé muy bien qué pensar de ella. El inicio me gustó, y su desarrollo iba bien... hasta el desenlace. No sentí mucho suspenso, aunque sí curiosidad por los personajes. Pero el final, si bien no lo esperaba, no me pareció muy coherente con el resto de la historia. No hay un equilibrio entre la historia y la parte emocional de los personajes (la balanza como que se inclina más al relato de la historia).
Ah! So close to being a good movie... but it's not.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.