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Red Lights (2012)



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Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls "red lights," the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver. Determined to discredit Silver, Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic, spoon-bending, mind reader. But Buckley is forced to reexamine his own core beliefs as his quest builds to a mind-blowing conclusion in this taut psychological thriller from award-winning writer and director Rodrigo Cortés. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rodrigo Cortés
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2012
Box Office: $49.3k
Millenium Entertainment - Official Site


Cillian Murphy
as Tom Buckley
Robert De Niro
as Simon Silver
Sigourney Weaver
as Dr. Margaret Matheso...
Elizabeth Olsen
as Sally Owen
Toby Jones
as Paul Shackleton
Joely Richardson
as Monica Hansen
Leonardo Sbaraglia
as Leonardo Palladino
Garick Hagon
as Howard McColm
Burn Gorman
as Benedict Cohen
Mitchell Mullen
as Jim Carroll
Nathan Osgood
as Michael Sidgwick
Madeleine Potter
as Sarah Sidgwick
Eloise Webb
as Susan Sidgwick
Jeany Spark
as Traci Northrop
Jan Cornet
as David Matheson
Robert G. Slade
as Interviewer ('70s)
Eugenio Mira
as Young Simon Silver
Lynn Blades
as Dana (TV)
Eben Young
as Dick (TV)
Becci Gemmell
as Lucy Marconi (Theate...
Jee-Yun Lee
as Fiona Stewart
Emma Reynolds
as Female Reporter #1
Karen Shenaz David
as Female Reporter #2
Molly Malcolm
as Female Reporter #3
Peter R. Brooke
as Male Reporter #1
Robert Paterson
as Male Reporter #2
Jason Lewis
as Male Reporter #3
Jeff Mash
as Male Reporter #4
Lilliana Cabal
as Female Reporter (spr...
Gordon Harris
as Male Reporter (sprc)
Ignacio Carreño Lópe...
as Man in the Bathroom
Anselmo Cuesta
as Stevie's Father
Patricia Potter
as Female Doctor
Bola Olubowale
as Bodyguard
Simon Lee Phillips
as Standing Spectator
Anna Dorca
as Katia Novikova
Gina Bramhill
as Judi Cale
Jean Vigo
as Richard Vargas
Jajube Mandiela
as Girl with Piercings ...
Jesse Bostick
as Guy (TV)
Roscoe Van Dyke
as Biker (TV)
Paulette Sinclair
as Woman in a Wheelchai...
Jean Daigle
as Sally's Father
Ann Turnbull
as Sally's Mother
Eric Loren
as Policeman
Max Hausmann
as Doctor Campbell
Julius Cotter
as Doctor Jennings
Merce Vidal
as Doctor Heynes
Miquel Bordoy
as Professor Franklin
Benjamin Nathan-Seri...
as Student in Magna Roo...
Benjamin Nathan
as Serio-Student in Mag...
Markus Parillo
as Notebook Man
Kathy Imrie
as Indigent Woman
Howard Swinson
as Old Man on the Bench
Larissa Bouvier
as Teenager on the Benc...
Syd Mostow
as Martin Weiner
Brian Lehane
as Psychic Surgery Pati...
Aidan Shipley
as Tom's Soldier Son
Wendy Boyd
as 45-Year-Old Sally
Anna Ferguson
as Older Sally
Alicia Caycho
as Maria Vargas
Clelia Bain
as Dorina Vargas
Richard Felix
as Man in Bathroom #1
Joshua Zamrycki
as Man in Bathroom #2
Lex Lang
as Presenter #1
Grant George
as Presenter #2
Bridget Hoffman
as Radio Duo Female Voi...
Rif Hutton
as Radio Duo Male Voice
Angelina Wahler
as Susan Sidgwick
Eugenio Mira
as Young Simon Silver
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Critic Reviews for Red Lights

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (28)

A clever thriller, bolstered by three great performances.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The film doesn't offer the sense of release, or of surprise, that it seems to take for granted.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"The X-Files" is long gone. Hail and farewell. But its spirit lives on in "Red Lights." Hail, hail.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

By strict definition, any movie featuring Robert De Niro as a spoon-bending clairvoyant superstar ought to hold a few cards up its sleeve.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A lot of talent comes up empty in "Red Lights," a thriller that doesn't thrill.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

With the sort of last-minute plot twist that sank M. Night Shyamalan's career, Red Lights comes to an unexpected, risible end.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Red Lights

A pair of paranormal investigators who specialise in debunking self-proclaimed "clairvoyants" go head to head with a renowned psychic who comes out of retirement. Rodrigo Cortes' supernaturally themed thriller has many of the hallmarks of the projects of the likes of M. Night Shyamalan in that it's nicely shot, directed with some panache and has managed to attract some big names to the cast. Unfortunately it has also inherited their hokiness and reliance on telegraphed twists that are all to obvious to anyone with any cinematic literacy. Red Lights does have its moments thanks to the superior cast and the cinematography is attractive and atmospheric but as always seems to be the case with the genre, the initial intrigue is far more entertaining than the pay off. In the end it feels over-long and anticlimactic despite a potentially interesting final twist in the tale and more like a decent episode of The X-Files than a big budget movie. Christopher Nolan has made a career of doing this type of thing, but doing it much better.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Tom Buckley: And today it'll be over...for you and for me.

"How Much Do You Want To Believe?"

Red Lights is a very interesting movie, but not all that satisfying of one. For one, the first half is extremely dull and boring. The movie finds some momentum in the second half though. Also I don't care for where the story goes. It's all so obvious and unsatisfying, that it destroys an interesting concept and a trio of good performances from great actors. 

Margaret Matheson and Tom Buckley work together at a university and for the most part, their work is in exposing psychics who claim they have powers for frauds. There's one psychic that made Margaret doubt though and that is Simon Silver. Silver is coming back from retirement and is the most famous psychic out there. Tom gets obsessed with exposing Silver as a fraud, but is he actually?

Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver are both good in their veteran roles, but Cillian Murphy definitely gives the best performance in the film. Still these actors and a good storyline are ruined for me, by the movie going exactly where you expect, but don't hope, it goes. Unfortunately this one goes that path and ends up playing out in a Carrie-esque fashion. 

This is still worth a look, as it isn't a completely horrible film, but just one that doesn't live up to what it could have been. This should have been a great movie and not just a so-so one and that's my biggest problem with it. If the idea of a movie about psychics and trying to expose them for frauds, with many bizarre elements thrown in for good measure, intrigues you; then give it a look.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Confusing. Had potential, but went astray...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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