[BD Review] ‘Red Lights’ Is A Misguided And Boring Waste Of Potential

Red Lights

Now in theaters everywhere is Red Lights, Rodrigo Cortes’ followup to his Sundance hit Buried.

BD’s Ryan Daley wrote in with his review from last Sundance (we’re republishing it) – to say he didn’t care for the film would be putting it mildly.

What’s most frustrating about Red Lights is that it’s one of those movies that seems like it’s going to get better at any given second. The performances are great; you can tell the entire cast believes in this thing. But ultimately, the movie serves as the perfect example of an excellent idea, poorly executed. Even the final twist is poorly conceived, packing far less of a punch than Cortes probably intended––sort of an “anti-payoff”, in the words of one colleague.

In the film, “Robert De Niro stars as Simon Silver, a legendary psychic, perhaps the most famously gifted of all time, who returns after thirty years of mysterious absence to become the world’s greatest challenge to orthodox science and professional skeptics. Meanwhile, paranormal fraud investigator Tom (Cillian Murphy) begins to develop a dense obsession Silver, whose magnetism is enhanced dangerously with each new manifestation of inexplicable phenomena.”

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