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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Red Lights (2012)

A paranormal phenomenon scientific investigator (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant (Cillian Murphy, BATMAN BEGINS) have made it a crusade to disprove frauds and fakes. But their biggest challenge is a world famous blind psychic (Robert De Niro) with telekinetic powers. Is he a fraud? Or is he the real thing? Directed by the Spanish film maker Rodrigo Cortes (the film was shot in Spain and Toronto), this is a clever and intense thriller that takes a realistic approach at the phenomenon of paranormal activity rather than accepting it as a given. For most of its running time, the film gives us a fascinating inside look at the behind the scenes machinations and methods that paranormal scientists and psychologists use to debunk or disprove the supernatural. But it leaves the tiniest room for doubt that it might, in fact, exist. For the majority of its running time, it's a real edge of your seater but Cortes doesn't come up with a satisfactory finale and the film's final moments could have been cut by five minutes. Still, I was held spellbound for most of it. A big shout out to the excellent multi directional sound design by James Munoz which was very effective. With Elizabeth Olsen, Joely Richardson and Toby Jones.

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