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Red Lights
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Oct 23, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Rodrigo Cortes

Actors:
Robert De Niro
Sigourney Weaver
Cillian Murphy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Simon Silver is the most acclaimed psychic in the world who suddenly resurfaces after thirty years in the wind following the mysterious death of his biggest critic. His return catches the attention of a psychologist and her assistant who study and disprove paranormal activity. One is reluctant to pursue him, the other is obsessed with finding out the truth, but neither can deny that something isn't right.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In a day and age when PARANORMAL ACTIVITY type flicks are destroying the subject matter along with the genre itself, it's hard to walk into something like this with an open mind. The good news is the trailers didn't give away too much or mislead us to the point of confusion. Add to that a stellar cast ensemble of Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver and you have my attention. I also really dig supernatural/paranormal/psychic phenomena type films and this one didn't lead me astray. There's a lot going on here and yes, some things happen that don't fully get explained, but at the end of the day it all adds up to fun ride with an ending (though not epic) you probably won't see coming.

One of the main reasons I loved BATMAN BEGINS was because of how they based everything in a practical world with ideas, gadgets and principles that make sense. They make it so we understand the dynamics of the given situation and for me, that's just good storytelling. That's the sort of film we have here. It's a bit of a slow burn as we explore what makes mediums tick in general, before getting to De Niro's character Silver. The cool thing about it is the tension buildup. Every fifteen minutes or so 'something' supernatural happens. These things are mostly subtle, but they have you shaking your head and hungry for more. I loved the rivalry between Weaver and De Niro. Their storyline is a clever subplot that adds just the right depth to the situation at hand. It was very well handled and satisfying.

RED LIGHTS isn't the type of film you can say too much about as we can't give away the magic behind the movie, but I will say that I was trying my damndest to figure it out before it ended and still didn't see the ending coming which is cool by today's standards. Some of this 'revelation' feels cheap and simply phoned in to wrap things up (you'll know what aspect I'm referring to when it's revealed), but all in all I liked the ending. My only real beef is the unanswered questions still lingering in my mind as the credits rolled, and there are more than a couple. I also didn't really get/understand the relevance or need for Elizabeth Olsen's character. She was useless and added zero to the story. Other than that it was good times.
THE EXTRAS
Interviews: Cast members Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy along with director Rodrigo Cortes give their two cents about the film, paranormal activity and mediums. I loved De Niro's character Simon Silver. He was definitely an eerie character.

Making Of Red Lights: This gives us a brief look into the details and mechanics they used to uncover a hoax in the film. These small but important details are what sold this movie for me. Very smart.

Behind The Scenes: Ummm, you got me on this one. It's not even two minutes long and just showcases the director moving the camera around a series of reporters snapping pics. Lame.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers that play before the feature.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Everybody's trying to make the next SIXTH SENSE when dealing with these types of flicks and most fall flat on their faces in the most disastrous way possible. I was almost scared to watch this because I felt it looked good and didn't want to be disappointed. It was a refreshing example of how good storytelling and dialogue still exist in Hollywood if people care enough to put in the time.
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10:41AM on 10/23/2012
I loved this movie! It surprisingly is one of my favorites of the year, so far.
I loved this movie! It surprisingly is one of my favorites of the year, so far.
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