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Red Lights (2012)

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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.

Director:

Rodrigo Cortés

Writer:

Rodrigo Cortés
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Lights See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,496,498 (Spain), 2 March 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,340, 13 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,624, 12 August 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,513,616, 12 August 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The black and white clip of the Russian woman moving metal objects and matchsticks around on a table shown by Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) in class, is the same clip used in The Atticus Institute (2015), another film about clairvoyants. See more »

Goofs

Silver reveals to the TV host he knew it was a spoon she was holding because its handle was sticking out from her pocket earlier, not because he is psychic. However, if he were blind he wouldn't have been able to have seen this.

SPOILER: This may be incorrectly regarded as a goof if it is a very early tell that he is not actually blind, a significant plot twist not otherwise revealed until the very end of the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Buckley: Margaret. Margaret. Margaret.
Margaret Matheson: [waking] Yes?
Tom Buckley: You should get some sleep.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the ending credits, the film's title flickers in a similar manner to the way light bulbs behave in the presence of psychic activity throughout the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Turning on the Red Lights: Making of 'Red Lights' (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

If Not for You
Written by Bob Dylan (Big Sky Music)
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Spain LLC and ONJ Productions, Inc.
By arrangement with PEN Music Group, Inc.
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A total let down of a movie
23 October 2012 | by paulomarsSee all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie after reading some of the glowing reviews on this site. I figured that with Weaver and De Niro this had to be on course. I will admit that the first 45 minutes of the movie are excellent, engrossing and you really feel like you are on course for something special. But then it all goes horribly wrong. It turns into a total circus with a VERY easy to predict plot. I've read reviews of people saying stuff about needing to be a genius to figure this movie out. The clues are blatantly obvious! As for the characters, it's the best I've seen Weaver since the Alien movies. As for De Niro, why does he keep choosing roles that are just not suited to De Niro? Murphy is best sticking to being a slime bad guy.

This could have been a genuinely good story but turned out to be a poor imitation of an M Night Shyamalan movie. I cannot recommend this movie.


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