Red Lights Movie Review – What’s The Truth?
I almost didn’t see Red Lights because the trailer made it seem a little bit like a horror film, which if you know me I won’t watch.
However, after seeing that the director/writer was Rodrigo Cortés (who also directed the brilliant film Buried) I decided to look a little more into it and found out the film was classified as a thriller/horror film, so I decided to just bite the bullet and go to a screening, after all I could always walk out if it was indeed a horror film right?
Well, all I can say is that I am so glad I didn’t let the misleading trailer keep me away from this great film. But before I get too much into it, let me first tell you what Red Lights is about.
Red Lights tells the story of Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her partner Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) who are world’s foremost investigators of paranormal phenomena. When blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) reappears after 30 years, it not only sparks Tom’s interest, but it also brings up Matheson’s painful past. Before long it’s a battle of wits as Tom becomes obsessed with proving the deception in Silver’s claims of psychic powers.
Red Lights will keep you guessing until the end and will also push you to question all these so-called paranormal phenomenon. In fact one of the first scenes even taught me something about the tricks used to make tables move, it’s pretty impressive.
Weaver is very compelling as Dr. Matheson and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad performance from Murphy, so needless to say he was good. De Niro also brings an interesting performance as Silver which makes you question whether or not he can truly do what he does.
But what I loved the most about Red Lights is the story and the way it was structured. Cortés takes us inside an industry of deception, and while you might be tempted to think he’s trying to convince you of the falseness of it all, you would be very wrong. That’s the brilliant thing about the film. There are so many twist and unexpected turns that by the end of it my jaw literally dropped.
I highly recommend Red Lights for those who like thrillers and are interested in all that is paranormal. It will make you think and surprise you all at once.
Red Lights is now in limited theaters. You can watch the trailer here.