Directed by: Rodrigo Cortes

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Robert De Niro

Filmed in locations such as Barcelona and Canada, Red Lights involves Dr. Margaret Matheson and her assistant Tom Buckley who set out to prove that most paranormal activity and spiritual magicians (Psychics) are fakes, but get more than they bargain for when they cross an important, famous Psychic in Simon Silver.

Lecturing during the day and exposing frauds that take advantage of the vulnerable through psychic magic at night; Dr Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) a well known Psychologist and her assistant, Physicist Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) who are also part time pessimists, believe that most things have a logical explanation and if that doesn’t add up are just mere coincidences. Armed with relevant equipment to pick up anything unusual; they visit suspected “haunted” houses and Psychics’ shows to prove their point. So much so that it all starts to get very boring for the duo. That is until one day it is announced that Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) a blind but very well renowned, powerful psychic; after a 30 year absence due to a tragedy where a critic of his died during one of his shows, is returning onto the scene again for what promises to be the spectacle of all spectacles. Tom begs Margaret for them to investigate him and figure out once and for all his tricks, but she refuses insisting that he is not someone they should mess with. Tom ignores her and with the equipment in hand, goes along to Silver’s show; but when he does, sparks literally fly and everything changes for everyone involved.

The set designs particularly by Set Dresser Stefano Crem, Prop Master Silvia Crivillers and Prop Master Hector Gil, prove very important in a film that is not only about belief, mystery and intrigue but also how effective a performance can be given the right stage. For example the lecture theatre provides enough room, as well as good work from Director of Photography Xavi Gimenez; enough light for Margret Matheson’s stage to teach the young impressionable minds in attendance and the same could be said for the massive spectacle of a theatre for which the Psychics (especially Simon Silver) can perform their mysterious magic; notably lit much darker making it even more spectacular when explosions and fireworks take place.

The acting wasn’t bad, especially veteran Sigourney Weaver playing Margaret Matheson; who looks genuinely, cynically fed up with all this psychic, paranormal stuff; as if tired of explaining and proving to morons who just don’t get it. Her story does go a little deeper though, based on an accident involving her son and her past with the “Great” Psychic. Cillian Murphy’s Tom Buckley’s obsession with finding out how Silver is doing what he is doing is entertaining enough, as is Robert De Niro playing the blind Simon Silver.

This film offers some interesting thoughts on the world of Psychics and even to an extent on Physics; where it is actually possible to lift a table off the ground, with both your hands on top of the table and not necessarily because a ghost is lifting it. Also that maybe Psychics don’t really know anything about you or they aren’t really able to see a dead relative; maybe just maybe that is all a trick and a con. It’s a shame however, that with a story with such interesting attributes, slowly gets weaker as the movie goes on; whether that is because it wasn’t that strong of a subject matter to begin with or the uneven pacing became an annoyance after awhile is a matter of opinion, but it does fall short after such a strong start. With that being said, it’s not a bad film, but I wouldn’t recommend you go into this film with high expectations; you just might enjoy it more if you don’t.