Red Lights (2012) Review

This film is exactly the thing I hate about false trailers, they lie! If you lie to me then you are automatically my enemy (just for anyone who lies to me). The trailer actually looked really interesting and I nearly went to cinema to watch it. However the trailer contained a few features that where completely missing from the actual film. Not going into what those things where but it really made me angry. The film is also very boring, which considering the idea behind it is not only shocking but also unforgivable. The film bores and angers me and is the reason I very rarely review films I don’t like. I manly don’t like to give them the time of day but since I watched this anyway for Halloween I thought why not. Oh I am not looking forward to this review.

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.

Tim’s Film Reviews Not Recommended. Terrible!

Story: 30%       Acting: 50%      Visuals: 20%      Dialogue: 30%

The Shock/Thrill: 0%      Style/Sound: 10%      Characters: 20%

Total: 22%

To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting in this film is okay I suppose but is actually pretty mediocre considering the actors involved. I consider this to have happened because they knew the film would be as bad as it was. Most of the film it was nothing to speak of in terms of acting. My favourite of the cast would be Cillian Murphy, but even he just started giving up about half way through the film. Screaming mainly at people who don’t deserve it and then getting what he wants for some reason. The worst actor or actress as it is in this place would be Elizabeth Olsen because I just can’t remember the slightest detail of her character or any of her lines, so that makes her a terrible actress in this film. Robert De Niro was pretty good in this but I just thought that he wasn’t a very good choice for the role, funnily enough I liked him in the trailer but when it came to the film he wasn’t chilling enough to pull it off.

So now let’s talk about the visuals. The Visual Effects in this film were pretty terrible actually, in the trailer I remember there being a scene were that homeless woman stops in front of a car and it then appears as Simon silver but then turns back a second later. The Props in this film seemed to be ok. The college looked ok and the tests put on Silver where fine as well. A complaint I have with the films visuals would be with the scenes when silver is using his powers because not only looked fake but got annoying when the room was supposed to shake but just seemed to be the camera shaking (hate that in films). Because this film is terrible I don’t mind spoilers, I really didn’t like the fact that Silver didn’t really have powers. I thought it ruined most of the film and how it ended with Tom didn’t fit right and was just really boring.

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The best reviews I have found would be these “For its first two acts, the movie had me in its grip. Then it comes apart.” Roger Ebert. It had all this anticipation but then just gave it up for nothing, I still don’t get why they didn’t make Silver have real powers. Also “It’s not so much the narrative sleight-of-hand that is irksome, as the implication that there may have been a better movie lurking in there the whole time.” Mark Olsen. I think that even if they kept the films story the same it could have been a better film if there was any point to it at all. But this one just makes me laugh” Someone should have stopped Red Lights.” Claudia Puig. Yes, yes they should have. What’s my favourite scene? I don’t have one the film was terrible. He’s not really blind? SHOCKING!

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16 responses to “Red Lights (2012) Review”

  1. The Focused Filmographer says :

    ouch. 22%. I haven’t been thrilled to see it, but I was hoping that the idea, paired with Weaver, DeNiro, and Murphy woulda made it more interesting. too bad. Looks like I’ll be skipping it.


  2. atothewr says :

    It’s a shame this one was so bad. With this cast you could have a mediocre script and still make them shine – with the right director of course. I understand about shaky cam stuff. It doesn’t really make a scene intense. There are better ways to bring intensity than that.

    Nice review.

    By the way – is De Niro just slumming now for a pay check and what about Weaver? How the mighty have fallen.


  3. Mark Walker says :

    I was actually enjoying this film Tim. That was, until the ridiculous denouement. It reminded me of The X Files quite a bit and thought the performances were quite good. The ending undid it all though.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I consider that an insult to the X-Files, I wouldn’t have minded if the ending was good because it have made the rest of the film understandable rather than a waste of my time as it did end up doing 😦


  4. jmount43 says :

    Kind of sad to see the cast whore themselves out for this one.


  5. mistylayne says :

    Interesting. I’ve never even heard of this – looks much more like a thriller or maybe even like a police/legal drama (but um, without the police and lawyers) than anything else. Might try it when it comes out on video…this whole review cracked me up though. You should review movies you hate more often. 😉


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