Red Lights (2012)

Back in 2010 Rodrigo Cortés directed the wonderfully claustrophobic and minimalism film Buried. Cortes managed to make a film that was both suspenseful and entertaining with only one actor, Ryan Reynolds that i had my hope for what he could do with a great cast and a bigger budget. Unfortunately Red Lights never reaches the heights of Buried but by all means that doesn't mean that it was bad.

Red Lights follows the team of physicist Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) and psychology professor Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) as they try and debunk all paranormal activities. They come upon a world renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) who is coming out of retirement for one last show. Tom and Margaret take up the challenge of trying to debunk Simon with the knowledge that the last man that did died mysteriously.

The thing that bothered me the most was that the Tom and Margaret never actually care to help any one out. All they are interested in are finding cases and debunking them with out ever letting the person know what is happening which is what happens with the first case. The screenplays isn't as tight as it could be with a few unnecessary scene that drag the movie down making it fell longer than it really is. The other bad thing was that there was some misuse of actors. For instance Elizabeth Olsen's character was pointless and didn't help move the plot along at all. She does her best with what she's got but none of it seems to be necessary.

That’s not to say that the movie has bad acting in fact everyone does a great job portraying their roles especially Murphy who stands out the most. Weaver and De Niro do a great job but both never truly seem invested in their roles. The directing was spot on as Cortes made the movie fell bigger than it was. The ending left me dumbfounded as it seemed pointless and used for the sake of having a twist, it didn’t surprise me.

Red Lights is a decent film that carries a good amount of entertainment for those with nothing else to watch. It also has a great cast who are always interesting to watch. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes supernatural thrillers, 3 out of 5.


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