#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The skeptical psychologist Dr. Margaret Matheson and her assistant, physicist Tom Buckley, are specialists in disclosing fraudulent paranormal phenomena. When the famous psychic Simon Silver reappears to his public after many years of absence, Tom becomes singularly obsessed in determining whether Silver is a fraud or not.
Plot: Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge to both orthodox science and professional sceptics. Tom starts to develop an intense obsession with Silver, whose magnetism becomes stronger with each new manifestation of inexplicable events. As Tom gets closer to Silver, tension mounts, and his worldview is threatened to its core.
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When I hear the drumming of hooves, I don’t think unicorns, I think horses.
Red Lights is written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson and Elizabeth Olsen. Music is by Victor Reyes and cinematography by Xavi Giménez.
A sceptical psychologist and her physicist assistant specialise in exposing fraudulent paranormal phenomena. But when one of the world’s most renowned psychics resurfaces onto the circuit, it opens up a whole new can of worms.
It’s a tricky film to recommend with any sort of confidence, this in spite of a high calibre of actors assembled for the shenanigans. For a good portion of the play it’s a deft examination of the cons and belief values involving psychics and faith healers etc. The leading protagonists naturally have issues, and some secrets will have to will out, while Cortés has a keen eye for an other worldly vibe. Yet come the big reveal at pic’s denouement there’s a feeling of “really, is that it”?
Ultimately this doesn’t deliver on its promise or enhance the core base ideas on the page. It’s creepy at times, even fascinating with the subject matter, but it ends up unfocused and confused and frustrating as a viewing experience. 6/10
Honestly, I don’t even truly know what I just watched. Did I, however, absolutely thoroughly and undeniably enjoy it? You betcha! That’s probably thanks to the outstanding cast, rather than anything else.
Cillian Murphy is utterly superb in this, I loved his performance as Tom. It’s no surprise given what else he has done, he’s a great actor to watch. Murphy isn’t alone in ‘Red Lights’ though, as he is joined by other notable performers. Sigourney Weaver (Margaret) and Robert De Niro (Simon) are also terrific, they add a lot with what they give. You also have Elizabeth Olsen (Holly) and Toby Jones (Paul) involved too. Top casting!
On the other hand, the premise – or at least how it’s shown – isn’t as great as it could’ve been. I still enjoyed it wholly, but that’s probably because the film makes a lot of noise around the story and builds up the tension well. However, when you break it down after watching it isn’t anything as outrageous as you might feel at the time – at least that’s how I view it. Some more development into the characters would’ve been nice, for example.
Nevertheless, the film done its job and made me feel entertained and enthralled into what was happening. It’s difficult to criticise it due to that, to be honest. I’ll leave it to others to dive deeper into it, but all I can say is I practically loved it.
Not impressed. Too hollow, self-conflicting, unfulfilled
Unimpressed. I liked the theme that the movie was hinting towards in the beginning. Scientists evaluating and debunking pseudo-science and psychic phenomena. Reminded me of the Great James Randi. But within minutes, it was clear that even that aspects are mangled up. Some investigations are shown without the results/ explanations given in detail. The debunks are simplistic, and talk about some of the common/ popular psychic cons, but never in detail; I wonder if people would catch it unless they are already familiar with the cons via documentaries and other shows.
I was particularly irritated about how they administered the Astrology chart test devised by James Randi, and popularized via “Pen & Teller: Bulls**t” episode. Cilian Murphy’s character administered the test, and then left the scene without explaining the point of the exercise, which is a shame.
I liked Sigourney Weaver’s character in the beginning, but the character turned out to be so poorly threshed out; not a lot better than a caricature of a pseudo-science skeptic.
I understand a lot of people have problems with the movie’s ending. I can understand the frustration. The climactic twist takes away from the central premise, it reminded me of ‘The Reaping’ in some way. And besides being incongruous to the main storyline, it further had the problem of being very poorly executed.
Overall, I’d rate it around 4 out of 10. Not great.
dismal portrayal of both science and the paranormal
This could have been a great film. With such an outstanding cast, and potentially intriguing plot, but unfortunately it is just stupid. I really wanted to like it, but I struggled to like anything about it. The script was banal and the topic poorly researched. Someone was just plain lazy putting the story together. Here are some examples that really irritated me.
Dr Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) is a psychologist who researches and debunks paranormal phenomena, in particular exposing frauds. Yet inexplicably she chooses not to investigate Simon Silver (Robert De Niro). Why? Because she has been riddled with guilt morning til night for 30 years after he made her DOUBT for a second. What??? What is wrong with a skeptic having doubts? Skeptics should have doubts, or at least be open to the possibility of having doubts. Scientists are supposed to ask questions and objectively seek evidence. You can’t be objective if you have already made up your mind. Surely her momentary doubt should motivate her to investigate more thoroughly?
That brings me to the second problem. The head of the Scientific Paranormal Research Centre, Dr Shackleton, prior to running his experiments states publicly that he expects to find proof of Silver’s powers. Not objective. And Silver himself gets to approve the team of investigators. Not objective. These are serious flaws in the design of a scientific experiment, which is supposed to be free from bias and where the researchers need to be independent of the subjects. Even the media, let alone scientists, would reject this “experiment” as just hype for lack of objectivity and independence.
Third irritation. Basic research would show that psychics are not a grab-bag of special powers. They claim to specialise in particular areas. But Silver bends spoons and performs psychic surgery and projects thoughts onto photographs and reads minds and levitates and moves objects. That’s like making an Olympic athlete run, jump, throw javelin, swim, ski and shoot. De Niro’s character would’ve been so much more credible had it actually resembled the behaviour of real life “psychics”. Obviously films have licence to stretch the truth, especially with this kind of subject matter, but it still needs to be believable or it just doesn’t work.
Finally, the twist at the end that apparently no-one sees coming. Could’ve worked, but handled very clumsily. Really just a poor copy of the ending of the Sixth Sense. By the time you get to the end you’re expecting a twist of some kind, but at that point I didn’t care enough to try to work out what it was.
Sigourney Weaver is the only reason I’m giving it 3/10. De Niro just looks silly.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Director Rodrigo Cortés
Writer Rodrigo Cortés
Actors Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones
Country Spain, Canada
Awards 2 nominations.
Production Company Millennium Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length 3,110 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A