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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…
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…
I'd love to see a thriller that was about what "Red Lights" starts to be about, the debunking of psychics by expert paranormal investigators. For its first two acts, the movie had me in its grip. Then it comes apart. Is there a fatal compulsion that draws movies into unnecessary action scenes?
The casting could hardly be improved upon. Sigourney Weaver is Margaret Matheson, a no-nonsense scientist who has dedicated her life to exposing psychic fraud. Think of James Randi. Weaver possesses an intrinsic authority that adds weight to her words; she can sound like she knows exactly what she's talking about.
Apparently she's never met a psychic she couldn't expose, except for one. That is the well-named Simon Silver…
Preposterous, ridiculous, and actually rather offensive in parts. Would make a great double-bill with the equally appalling Now You See Me.
Elizabeth Olsen looks like she is wondering what she's doing in here the whole film, Craig Roberts & Toby Jones' American accents are entertaining enough, Cillian Murphy shows that he can play any kind of psychopaths/weirdos but cannot do straight forward leading man for the life of him. Sigourney Weaver keeps her usual class but Robert de Niro is an embarrassment (what with the weird booming, projected voice?)
The climax has got to be one of the most laughable scenes I have seen in a film in a long time
Fantastic cast and an interesting story. Let down by a horrible ending with a clumsy voice-over which explains everything just in case you didn't get it.
This movie was a very interesting take on the paranormal and crafts possible perspectives of skeptics and believers using some pretty surprising juxtaposition. Plus, there are some great performances [especially from Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver]. The director Rodrigo Cortés peppers in some cool symbols and heavy imagery. This is certainly worth watching if the audience member is interested in the topics of psychics, spiritualism, charlatanry, etc.
howlingly awful from the jump, and it's downhill from there. weaver had the right idea (USELESS SPOILER ALERT, READ THE CREDITS) having her character offed halfway through.
You know, I'd say that this movie had me decently hooked and enjoying it, despite some minor issues I had with the movie. But then the ending came and it irritated me.
If I think about the ending and re-staging the movie's ending in another way to do away with its current ending, I'm not sure if it actually makes it so that I come away thinking "great movie". And to be fair even with the current ending, I still liked the movie.
But I also feel that while the movie did a good job holding my interest, I think it ultimately was driving down a road that wasn't as interesting and it probably would have a little fallen flat…
Letterboxd tells me there's one fan of this movie. So I go read his review and it says: Magnificent movie. One of the top movies I've seen in 2012.
I don't care what he says, I know he is not referring to the same movie I saw. He is referring to something else that came out in 2012. Red Lights is nonsensical, silly garbage, stupidity disguised as profundity and a waste of otherwise great actors.
A film of two parts that seems to change gear post Sigourney but the cop out ending left a lot to be desired.
A lot better than the negative reviews would lead you to believe. While the movie itself may have it's problems the performances are excellent.
- Ruby Sparks
- The Man from Nowhere
- Batman: Year One
- Rosemary's Baby
- Perfect Sense
- Salem's Lot
- 100 Feet
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
This list will be of no real interest to anybody else but it helps me keep an easier track of…