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A clever thriller, bolstered by three great performances.
The film doesn't offer the sense of release, or of surprise, that it seems to take for granted.
"The X-Files" is long gone. Hail and farewell. But its spirit lives on in "Red Lights." Hail, hail.
By strict definition, any movie featuring Robert De Niro as a spoon-bending clairvoyant superstar ought to hold a few cards up its sleeve.
A lot of talent comes up empty in "Red Lights," a thriller that doesn't thrill.
With the sort of last-minute plot twist that sank M. Night Shyamalan's career, Red Lights comes to an unexpected, risible end.
The climax is also a touch too weighty -- a little explanation is crucial, but it goes on just a little too long. Still, Red Lights is mostly a fun example of its genre, with both jump scares and narrative surprises.
Red Lights makes for a fairly decent thriller.
De Niro! Murphy! Olsen! Weaver! With a cast this talented, we weren't expecting the outcome to be so bland.
It's crushingly disappointing when it falls apart so completely in the second half.
It almost feels like an occult thriller that has slowly transformed into a comedy -- and you didn't even notice.
Red Lights has a decent premise, but the script lets the actors down. While it has interesting twists and bucks convention, the story is just far too weak to be enjoyable.
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.
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.
Confusing. Had potential, but went astray...
A lot of talented actors in a silly, dark piece of crap.
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