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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
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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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You only see what you want to believe See more »


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 scene in which Margaret Matheson exposes a psychic healer by listening in on a partner feeding him instructions wirelessly was based on the case in which skeptics James Randi and Steve Shaw (better known under his stage name Banachek), with technical assistance from crime scene analyst and electronics expert Alexander Jason, exposed Peter Popoff in 1986. In that case, as in the scene, Popoff's wife Elizabeth was feeding him information that she and her aides had taken from prayer request cards filled out by audience members over wireless radio. Some of the dialogue is taken almost verbatim from the actual case. In May 1986, Randi presented the evidence on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), exposing Popoff's fraudulent practices. In 1987, Popoff declared bankruptcy, only to make a comeback in the late 1990s and early 2000s. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 CineMaverick TV: Episode #1.2 (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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Energetic, accessible, engrossing
24 June 2014 | by karmaswimswamiSee all my reviews

Rodrigo Cortes has all the makings of an auteur. "Red Lights" really puts the hook in viewers, and is hard to stop watching once it gets going. You get the feeling Cortes is quite enthusiastic, just dying to tell you this yarn. His script is well-written, intelligent, and never bamboozles. Elisabeth Olsen is incandescent, and the performances from all the leads have them in top form. Some may criticize the film as being overproduced: many sequences are bursting forth with camera angles and takes, and these combined with Cortes's fulminating style of editing sometimes give the film the feel of "Desperate Hours." But I loved this film, loved the color palette, loved the patois and exposition, and admire Cortes's confident bombast. Great things are coming from this filmmaker.


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