You know, there are two kinds of people out there with a special gift: the ones who really think they have some kind of power and the other guys who think we can’t figure them out.
Researcher Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her partner physicist Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) working on uncovering paranormal activity. Their reputation was built on the detection of so-called “red lights”, by which fake psychics try to convince people that have supernatural powers. When a blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) announced his comeback from retirement 30 years after death of his biggest critic, the whole public will be on their feet. Buckley will therefore return of Silver accept as challenge, which will gradually turn into an obsession. Despite warnings from Dr. Matheson, Buckley and his best student Sally (Elizabeth Olsen) will use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic seer, who in addition to reading the thoughts also successfully succeeds to bend metal objects. Tom during the attempt of disclosure Silver will be forced and to reconsider his deepest beliefs…
Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy… What a cast! Most would agree that a movie with such a set-up has to be excellent, however, get the impression that Red Lights did not met expectations.
The script has a few crucial mistakes, but if we disregard them, everything else has been good. Music by Victor Reyes is selected well and the acting throughout the entire film was superb.
The first part of the film is more notable than the other. The second part lacking what is adorned by very beginning of the film, an interesting research concept with plenty of interesting details. The scenes where Dr. Matheson and Tom Buckley reveal various phenomena they faced, have a good pace, story and hold audience attention. With the advent of the Simon Silver film goes in a completely different direction, where otherwise good director Rodrigo Cortés was not able to keep the same quality as at beginning. Then come to the fore clash between Simon Silver and Tom Buckley that goes to the very end, which is not brilliant as it should be.
The movie had a lot of potential, which unfortunately is not fully realized.