The Ten Worst Films of 2012 (#6)
I'm not the biggest fan of movies about the supernatural, but when you have a film directed by Buried's Rodrigo Cortes that stars the likes of Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver, how bad can it be, right?
Well, let me tell you: it can get pretty bad.
Things don't start off that way, though. I mean, the woman who plays Traci isn't very good, but other than that, it's kind of your typical thriller. Nothing really scary (or interesting) happens, but we're willing to go along for the ride.
And then, about halfway through the film, something strange happens: everyone decides to start acting badly. Very badly.
Weaver has this big "emotional" scene that's more likely to leave you laughing than crying. It feels so forced and artificial. Murphy's voice begins to crack whenever he gets upset about something, but since all of these scenes were left in the film and not on the cutting room, I'm guessing these were the good takes? De Niro is the one to watch, though. He completely dumps the persona he created earlier in the film and transforms into a live-action cartoon character.
In the end, Red Lights proved to be one of the funniest movies I saw in 2012. The problem is that it's supposed to be a thriller. And if you decide to sit through it anyway, don't waste your time guessing "the big reveal." Trust me. Five minutes in, you've already figured it out.
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