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RED LIGHTS (2012)

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RED LIGHTS (2012)

Friday, 15 November 2013 16:16

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The Buzz:

        A psychologist and her team, who specialize in exposing phony psychics and miracle-healers, suddenly have their work cut out for them when a renowned psychic comes out of retirement.

 

Life of the Party:

        Red Lights is a very well executed mystery-thriller with a pretty great cast. Robert DeNiro plays Simon Silver, the aging psychic who may have a darker side (if the stories are to be believed). Arrayed against him are Sigourney Weaver, a psychologist who seeks to expose fake healers and miracle men, and Scarecrow I mean Cillian Murphy, who plays her sidekick and confidant. There's also a few of "o hey that guy" actors in the film that some audience members will appreciate.

        What this movie does really well is setting a dark, tense mood that keeps the audience guessing whether or not DeNiro is the real deal right up until the climax of the film. And the climax comes from so far out of left-field that it actually took me a moment to figure out what the hell was going on, and from there much of the earlier parts of the movie suddenly clicked, meaning Red Lights achieves that rare feat for a thriller film; watching the film a second time to find all the hints that led to the reveal can be just as fun as seeing it for the first time.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        If I had to find a fault in this film, it would have to be that for some it can come off as perhaps a bit slow. This is not a taught, adrenalin filled thriller; Red Lights is more of a slow burn to a huge climax at the end. I for one enjoy this kind of film, but if your movie-night party is looking for excitement and action, look elsewhere.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Solo Experience

        Red Lights could certainly be enjoyed with a group of friends, with the caveat that everyone can be quiet and actually pay attention to the film. Without that you could miss some major points, which will lead to you being utterly baffled by the ending. Fans of mystery films, as well as paranormal investigation films will find something to enjoy, and this movie comes with my own high recommendations.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Well executed mystery-thriller

+ Great cast

+ An ending that I can about guarantee you won't see coming

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