MOVIE MADNESS #85: RED LIGHTS

Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver are paranormal investigators and scientists. They go to seances, hauntings, fortune tellers, ghost sightings and theorized alien invasions. They have witnessed some pretty incredible stuff but it always can be explained.

Many years ago, Weaver’s character encountered a blind psychic named Simon Silver (Robert De Niro).

He stumped Weaver, caught her off guard, and shamed her in front of the scientific community.

Now after ten years of retirement, Silver is coming back to wow the world once more. Murphy begs Weaver to investigate Silver but given their shared history she refuses.

So he goes out on his own.

The movie does a wonderful job with tension, keeping us involved in the story and strong performance from Murphy. He hasn’t been this interesting since “28 Days Later”.

De Niro makes a great enigmatic villain for Murphy’s hero.

I wish we could have seen more of De Niro’s steadfast agent, played by Joely Richardson. I really liked her match up with Weaver on the talk show.

It’s hard to pinpoint where the movie actually had problems.

The first and third act are really strong but somewhere within the second act the movie lost traction. Director Rodrigo Cortes, who locked Ryan Reynolds in a coffin in “Buried”, knows how to get emotion and suspense with very little atmosphere or staging. But what he seems to have forgotten in this film is sometimes simpler is better.

3.5 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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