Every film title sequence featured on Art of the Title so far, from 1920's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to…
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…
You can stand 2/3, it's even very entertaining, but the end and the pomptuous score and sound effects blow it.
Embora o elenco seja recheado, o filme é muito raso.
Just a little creepy but intriguing and very entertaining. Great fun for sceptics such as myself. Recommended.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's just something about movies that can't keep you focused on them for more than five minutes. Boring.
There are some films that make you think because they left you guessing, so drawn into the plot and the characters that you have to know the outcome and every detail of "that ending". This movie somehow manages to be those kinds of films but definitely doesn't live up to them. Still enjoyed this though! The characters are all really throw-awayable and as I watched it I felt like there was two different movies, before and after the big change in the middle. Somehow, though, I did like this film to an extent and I was left thinking about it for a couple of days. So I guess it did its job?
PS- if he was the one breaking windows and equipment than why tf were there birds hitting windows all over the place? What?
I think I should unsubscribe to Netflix, apparently by now I have seen all the good movies on there and now they're recommending crap like this to me
F this convoluted uneven waste of my time
this film is a disaster and i never planned on watching it ever again but then i got drunk and remembered how good cillian looks and how he has blood on his face for about half the film and now here i am, suffering through this mess. just like i suffer though the vast majority of cillian murphy's filmography.
It wasn't too bad, the performances were fine. I could see where it was going fairly early on, so I stayed with it to see it pan out. It was quite a rocky road of ups and downs but it was an interesting story, and by the end I felt glad I had taken the ride.
This picks up where Part I of this list left off. Letterboxd would keep giving an 'internal error' message when…