Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.
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The skeptical psychologist Dr. Margaret Matheson and her assistant, physicist Tom Buckley, are specialists in disclosing fraudulent paranormal phenomena. When the famous psychic Simon Silver reappears to his public after many years of absence, Tom becomes singularly obsessed in determining whether Silver is a fraud or not. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the video lab where Buckley works, there is a copy of the famous poster "I Want To Believe" from The X-Files (1993), but the quote is changed to "I Want To Understand". See more »
During the classroom scene about 13 minutes in, the teacher of the class draws four X's around the circle: top, left, bottom, and right. When she draws the X on the right, she does not lift the marker and did it quickly, making the X look more like a fish shape because it was connected. The very next camera angle shows all four X's as full X's. See more »
A psychic comes out of the woodwork to give one last show to prove the existence of the paranormal but a psychologist and her assist, convinced he is a fraud go about to disprove his powers no matter what the danger or cost.
Old trodden subject matter tackled in an original way with some smart writing and direction from Rodrigo Cortés. Red Lights sucks the viewer in as Margaret Matheson played wonderfully emotional by Sigourney Weaver and as Cillian Murphy as Tom Buckley go about disproving the paranormal in a number of locations during the captivating opening.
There are some poignant moments littered throughout most revolving around a subplot with Matheson's son, and Buckley's and Matheson's characters arcs. Some of Cortés' plot points come as no surprise and although realism seems to go out of the window tonally in the latter half e.g no one assisting or stopping the bludgeoned Buckley, there is a nice twist at the end despite leaving a few loose ends.
Eugenio Mira's caricature of De Niro as a young Simon Silver aside the acting is top rate featuring the likes of Toby Jones, Elizabeth Olsen and UK TV's Craig Roberts. However, Joely Richardson with a good screen presence is slightly wasted as Silver's assistant. Like Weaver's role, Robert De Niro has a small but pivotal part as Simon Silver and gives an interesting performance. Murphy is outstanding even if through no fault of his own some scenes seem unnecessarily dragged out a little too long.
It has a dreary, gritty atmosphere with some great location and ideas and although the pacing is a little off - to its credit it is quite an original thriller.
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