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Red Lights -- 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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Cillian Murphy ... Tom Buckley

Sigourney Weaver ... Margaret Matheson

Robert De Niro ... Simon Silver

Toby Jones ... Paul Shackleton

Joely Richardson ... Monica Hansen

Elizabeth Olsen ... Sally Owen

Craig Roberts ... Ben

Leonardo Sbaraglia ... Leonard Palladino

Adriane Lenox ... Rina

Garrick Hagon ... Howard McColm

Burn Gorman ... Benedict Cohen

Mitchell Mullen ... Jim Carroll
Nathan Osgood ... Michael Sidgwick
Madeleine Potter ... Sarah Sidgwick

Eloise Webb ... Susan Sidgwick

Jeany Spark ... Traci Northrop

Jan Cornet ... David Matheson
Robert G. Slade ... Interviewer - 70's
Eugenio Mira ... Young Simon Silver
Lynn Blades ... Dana
Eben Young ... Dick
Becci Gemmell ... Lucy Marconi
Jee-Yun Lee ... Fiona Stewart (as Jee Yun Lee)
Emma Reynolds ... Female Reporter #1

Karen David ... Female Reporter #2

Molly Malcolm ... Female Reporter #3

Peter Brooke ... Male Reporter #1

Robert Paterson ... Male Reporter #2
Jason Lewis ... Male Reporter #3

Jeff Mash ... Male Reporter #4

Liliana Cabal ... Female Reporter - SPRC (as Lilliana Cabal)
Harris Gordon ... Female Reporter - SPRC
Ignacio Carreño ... Man in the Bathroom (as Ignacio Carreño López)
Josette Simon ... Corrine
Carlos Bermúdez Sagrera ... Stevie
Anselmo Cuesta ... Stevie's Father
Grant Russell ... Pilot
Patricia Potter ... Female Doctor
Bola Olubowale ... Bodyguard
Simon Lee Phillips ... Standing Spectator
Anna Dorca ... Katia Novkova

Gina Bramhill ... Judi Cale
Joel Vigo ... Richard Vargas

Jajube Mandiela ... Girl with Piercings
Jesse Bostick ... Guy

Roscoe van Dyke ... Biker
Paulette Sinclair ... Woman in Wheel-Chair
Jean Daigle ... Sally's Father

Ann Turnbull ... Sally's Mother
Eric Loren ... Policeman
Max Hausmann ... Doctor Campbell

Julius Cotter ... Dr. Jennings
Mercé Vidal ... Doctor Heynes
Miquel Bordoy ... Professor Franklin

Benjamin Nathan-Serio ... Student in Magna Room

Markus Parilo ... Notebook Man (as Markus Parillo)
Kathy Imrie ... Indigent Woman
Howard Swinson ... Old Man on the Bench
Larissa Bouvier ... Teenager on the Bench
Syd Mostow ... Martin Weiner
Brian Lehane ... Psychic Surgery Patient

Aidan Shipley ... Tom's Soldier Son
Wendy Boyd ... 45-year-old Sally

Anna Ferguson ... Older Sally
Xavier Capdet ... Beadle
Alicia Caycho ... Maria Vargas
Clelia Bain ... Dorina Vargas
Richard Felix ... Man in Bathroom #1
Joshua Zamrycki ... Man in Bathroom #2
Óscar Rodríguez ... Decoy

Lex Lang ... Presenter #1
Bridget Hoffman ... Radio Duo Female Voice (voice)

Rif Hutton ... Radio Duo Male Voice (voice)

Grant George ... Presenter #2
Angelina Wahler ... Susan Sidgwick (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Simon Brading ... Silver's Assistant (uncredited)
Pablo Derqui ... David (uncredited)

Nikol Kollars ... Lab Telekinesis Scientist (uncredited)
Francesc Mestre ... Viewer (uncredited)
Jack Queralt ... Journalist (uncredited)
Jean Claude Ricquebourg ... Simon Silver's Assistant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rodrigo Cortés 
Writing credits
Rodrigo Cortés (written by)

Produced by
Rodrigo Cortés .... producer
Cindy Cowan .... executive producer
Sara Giles .... associate producer
Adrián Guerra .... producer
Manuel Monzón .... co-producer
Jordi Muñoz .... assistant producer
Toni Novella .... line producer
Christina Piovesan .... co-producer
Lisa Wilson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Víctor Reyes 
Cinematography by
Xavi Giménez 
Film Editing by
Rodrigo Cortés 
Casting by
Ronna Kress 
Production Design by
Antón Laguna 
Art Direction by
Edward Bonutto 
Set Decoration by
Rob Hepburn (Toronto)
Costume Design by
Patricia Monné 
Makeup Department
Caitlin Acheson .... key makeup artist
Raúl Cabanell .... assistant makeup artist
Ana Lozano .... makeup department
Jesús Martos .... personal hair stylist
Jordi Morera .... special makeup effects artist: DDT SFX Crew
Eva Quilez .... dailies makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Bekerman .... production manager: Toronto
Verónica Díaz .... production manager
Víctor Martí .... post-production supervisor
Chris Pavoni .... assistant production manager: Toronto
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Albares .... third assistant director
Patrick Arias .... first assistant director: Toronto
Nacho Cerdà .... second unit director
Luis M. Cordero .... second assistant director (as Luis Cordero)
Anna González .... third assistant director
Patrick Hagarty .... second assistant director: Toronto
Jorge Lareau .... trainee assistant director
Norma Massip .... trainee assistant director
Travis McConnell .... third assistant director
Antonio Ordóñez .... first assistant director
Javier Rodríguez .... second assistant director
Art Department
Stefano Crem .... set dresser
Silvia Crivillers .... property master
Carlos de la Sotilla .... storyboard artist
Verónica García .... art department assistant
Héctor Gil .... property master
Veronica Gutierrez Gomez .... assistant painter
Mauro Lacaprara .... props
Diana Marzal .... assistant property master
Oriol Roset .... assistant property master
Oscar Troitiño .... head painter
Sound Department
Biel Cabré .... boom operator
Rubén Carregal .... foley recordist
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Álvaro de Iscar .... foley mixer
Pol Fernández .... cable person
Ofer Geva .... boom operator
Albert Manera .... sound mixer
José A. Manovel .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jose A. Manovel)
James Muñoz .... sound designer
James Muñoz .... sound effects editor
Rick Penn .... sound mixer
Josep Prieto .... sound recording
Special Effects by
Jorge Calvo .... main title sequence
Anthony S. Ciccarelli .... special effects technician
Javier Jal .... special effects technician
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Raquel Munuera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Marcos Sagasta .... special effects technician: DDT sfx
Visual Effects by
Llorenç Borràs .... digital compositor
Carlos de la Sotilla .... digital compositor
Roberto García .... digital compositor
David Vico López .... digital compositor
Àlex Villagrasa .... lead compositor
Àlex Villagrasa .... visual effects supervisor
Rene Bishop .... stunt double: Cillian Murphy
Eric Bryson .... stunt coordinator
Ignacio Carreño .... stunt coordinator
Eduardo Fedriani .... stunt double: Cillian Murphy
Joseph Racki .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Jeanette Roxborough .... stunt actor
Camera and Electrical Department
David Acereto .... camera operator: "a" camera
Barrett Axford .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Darren Boyce .... key grip: Canada
Brendan Bresnahan .... key video assist operator
Oriol Busquets .... focus puller: b camera
Edu Canet .... video assistant
Óscar Cano .... grip
Francesc Carreras .... first assistant camera: a camera
Xavier Carrión .... electrician
Bob Davidson .... gaffer: Canada
Beatriz Delgado .... second assistant: "a" camera
Roberto Escudero .... electrician
Lia Giralt .... electrician: dailies
Bill Hong .... camera car operator
Terry Hooper .... grip: Canada
Gustavo López .... still photographer
Marti Maluquer .... gaffer
Toni Maluquer .... electrician
Roger Martínez .... additional first assistant camera
Christian Moyès .... additional second assistant camera: "c" camera
Neus Ollé-Soronellas .... additional camera operator
Rahul Parekh .... dolly grip: Canada
Albert Pascual .... director of photography: second unit
Anthony Police .... best boy grip: Canada
Eduard Pumariega .... electrician
Jordi Quesada .... electrician
Kelly Richardson .... electrician
Felipe Rodriguez .... dolly grip: Canada
Jerry Romanko .... grip: Canada
Hiram Ríos .... steadicam assistant
Iban Sarabia .... camera trainee
Mireia Serrano .... clap loader
Eric Solé .... electrician
Ramón Sánchez .... steadicam operator
Casting Department
Noa Franco .... casting assistant
Stephanie Gorin .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Cruz .... assistant costume designer
Desirée Guirao .... assistant costume designer
Anna Izquierdo .... set costumer
Cristina Martín .... set costumer
Nuria Pascual-Andujar .... assistant costume designer
Ariadna Pons .... daily costume assistant
Monica Ruiz-Ziegler .... costumer: Mr. De Niro
Editorial Department
Alberto Bernad .... assistant editor
Quique Cañadas .... digital intermediate colorist
David Cárceles .... post operations manager
Pico Díaz .... assistant editor
Nacho Melero .... digital intermediate supervisor
Jorge Ortiz Yus .... telecine colorist
Enric Sebastià .... finishing editor
Laura Sánchez .... digital intermediate coordinator (as Laura Sanchez)
Music Department
John Barrett .... scoring protools engineer
Rodrigo Cortés .... music producer
Alastair King .... conductor
Other crew
Brianna Brown .... business affairs assistant
Laurence Brown .... bridge finance legal services
Roser Canela .... production assistant
Lee Ann Cotton .... production assistant
Karen Doble .... production coordinator: Toronto unit
John Eccleston .... financial controller
Eider Galán .... production staff
Susana García Díez .... assistant to director
Toni González .... production assistant
Jennifer Haufler .... assistant to Ms. Weaver: Toronto unit
Scott Helgert .... stand-in
Ferran Herranz .... distribution coordinator
Aaron Horton .... assistant production coordinator: Toronto unit
Lluna Juvé .... production assistant
Alex Lalonde .... business affairs: First Generation Films
Christian Lattman .... stand-in/photo double: Cillian Murphy
Aleix Lladó .... production assistant
Víctor Macià .... production staff
Michael McCrudden .... production assistant: Toronto unit
Maria Torrellas Paris .... assistant location manager
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Douglas Stuart Wilson .... screenplay translator
Jodi A. Tario .... assistant to Mr. Murphy: Toronto unit
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot
Núria Valls .... production coordinator
Anna Vilà .... continuity
Timothy Visentin .... production assistant

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Rated R for language and some violence
113 min
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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 »
Continuity: In a classroom scene (0:13:32 into the film), Margaret draws four X's around a circle: top, left, bottom, and right. When she draws the X on the right, she does not lift the marker and, having done it quickly, makes the X look more like a fish shape with two west-end tips of the X connected; however, the following camera angles show all four X's as full X's - no "fish."See more »
[first lines]
Tom Buckley:Margaret. Margaret. Margaret.
Margaret Matheson:[waking] Yes?
Tom Buckley:You should get some sleep.
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43 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Some good twists, some poor twists and some excellent actors, 23 June 2012

Psychologist and paranormal investigator Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Dr. Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) a physicist travel around debunking supposed paranormal activity from bumps in the night to stage psychics. Dr. Buckley wants to investigate their most challenging person to date, Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a redound psychic who is making a comeback after a thirty year absence from the stage. Dr. Matheson warns Buckley against this though after having come up against him in the 1970s and failing to prove him a fraud. With the help of student Sally Owen (Elisabeth Olsen) Buckley defies Matheson and begins investigating the illusive Silver.

As a radical atheist and sceptic the film's ideas appealed to me. I was delighted to watch the scientists make fun of and debunk people who claim to see ghosts and be able to read minds. The script treats these people with distain and isn't afraid to mention how these people can be responsible for giving stupid people false hope and can even cost lives. The cast is also amongst the best of any film this year. With actors such as Signourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, the delightful Elizabeth Olsen and my all time favourite actor Robert De Niro, anything less than a great film would be a disappointment. Well, this isn't a great film but it isn't terrible either.

The cast are all great. It's nice to see Sigourney Weaver in a more substantial role for a change and not just popping up at the end of a sci-fi film. She is believable as a psychologist and it's fun to see her spa with Toby Jones. Her character also has just the tiniest bit of doubt which makes her fallible and this is conveyed well by the actress. Cillian Murphy is also excellent as the physicist but is a bit more mysterious than Weaver. He gets better as his character develops as the film progresses. Elisabeth Olsen gives another good performance but after her break out roles in Mary, Martha and Safe House takes a bit of a back seat here. De Niro, who as I said is my all time favourite actor doesn't embarrass himself for once and while we don't get De Niro of the 70s or 80s he's on good form here. The supporting cast of Submarine's Craig Roberts, Joley Richardson, Toby Jones and English language newcomer Leonardo Sbaraglia help to round out a great cast with good performances.

The plot develops at a good pace and it gets darker and scarier as it goes on. I wasn't able to get the main twist which was a satisfying if ever so slightly confusing one but De Niro's twists were ridiculously obvious and pointed to far too much. Anyone can see what is going on, you just have to watch. The camera work is far too busy for my liking. One scene featuring Murphy and Olsen having a conversation in a café used about seven different camera angles and it became a little distracting. After filming Ryan Reynolds in a box for his last feature Buried, director Rodrigo Cortes could have done with making his latest film a bit more confined.

The first hour is definitely better than the second and there was an echo of "oh, well then" as the lights went up in the cinema. The film loses its way slightly in the second half and the somewhat pedestrian script comes to the forefront. While the actors do a good job and while there is plenty to like the ending isn't brilliant and doesn't do the opening justice. Even so, it's nice to watch some great actors delivering good performances and the twists should keep most people guessing.

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