Red Lights (2012)

Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Writer: Rodrigo Cortés
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver & Cillian Murphy

Red Lights is a thriller unequal to its cast.  The movie, about a skeptical professor who challenges paranormal claims, never develops its characters or scenes enough to engage the audience in any visceral way.  Rodrigo Cortes’s script and direction show signs of merit and promise which makes it all the more disappointing that it never crescendos into anything masterful.  The casting and performances save this movie from the shelf but even Cillian Murphy as Tom Buckley, desperately searching for answers and Robert De Niro as master psychic Simon Silver, can’t create the tension intended for a suspense thriller.  Even the music falls flat in setting up eerie scenes.

What I liked: The ending is more powerful than the movie which is a little satisfying.  Cillian Murphy’s charged performance is commendable even if Cortés lets his accent slip from time to time.

What I didn’t like: I can’t imagine Cortés is happy with the result of this film compared to what it must have appeared on paper to get the likes of Weaver and De Niro to sign on.  However it’s possible he let his vision get away from him.

My rating: Stream it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 17% (top critics)
IMDB: 6.2

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