In a summer of over-the-top-Blockbusters-I-can’t-wait-for, the trailer for Red Lights was a neat surprise of a different sort of movie to look forward to in July. The movie stars Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen, Sigourney Weaver, and Robert DeNiro. Four actors all with a proven track record of being able to pull some serious intensity when given the right atmosphere. Because Red Lights is directed by Rodrigo Cortes, there should be no shortage of tense situations for Cillian and Elizabeth to deal with through panicked, dreamy, slightly creepy, and emotive blue eyes. (Remember the Ryan Reynolds stuck in a box for 80 minutes movie, Buried? That was Rodrigo Cortes.)
The movie is billed as a “paranormal thriller,” which could be a topic that turns people off, but the trailer seems promising and a welcome departure from paranormal/house/hauntings. A different spin on the topic.
Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver.
Determined to discredit Silver, Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic, spoon-bending, mind reader. But Buckley is forced to reexamine his own core beliefs as his quest builds to a mind-blowing conclusion in this taut psychological thriller from award-winning writer and director Rodrigo Cortés (Buried).