Movie Review: RED LIGHTS (2012)

Guys. Honestly, I had no idea this movie existed, but I am so glad I stumbled across it on Netflix. I was just looking for a good horror movie to watch and I checked out the ratings on this one, and I saw it had a pretty fabulous cast, and I said to myself “hey, why the heck not”. And yes, it’s on instant!!

Now, I don’t consider this film a horror film. It’s not scary and it doesn’t have jump scares, but it is a thriller.

Red Lights tells the story of Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant (Cillian Murphy) trying to disprove psychic phenomena. Until now, they were doing really well, exposing fraud and letting the world know that psychics aren’t real, until Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) comes back from his retirement as one of the world’s best psychics…mysteriously after his biggest critic dies of a heart attack.

First of all, the cast is incredible. I can never complain about Sigourney Weaver, I kind of have a huge girl crush on her, and then there’s the ineffable Robert De Niro, and the insanely talented Cillian Murphy. For those of you that don’t know Murphy, I think of him as the crazy Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in The Dark Knight.

This movie totally changed the way I saw him…he’s a really, really talented actor with beautifully chiseled cheekbones and a ridiculous jawline. Look out world, this guy’s fabulous. He was by far my favorite part of the film.

As far as the story goes, I’m not the kind of person that can sit through a movie without wanting to get up at least once to grab a snack, get some water, or I just generally get bored and need a break…but this one kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Robert De Niro is the best love-to-hate semi-antagonist ever, Sigourney Weaver plays an awesomely frustrated doctor, and Cillian Murphy is the most loveable angsty assistant.

Personally, as someone who wants to be skeptical about psychics (I had an experience about 3 or 4 years ago with a medium that made me doubt my skepticism), this movie was cool to watch. It made me wonder if people really take it all that seriously where they devote their lives to trying to disprove the existence of any type of paranormal anything.

It’s fun, enthralling, captivating, and nerve-wracking. I was feeling a LOT of things all at one time watching this one.

As a paranormal investigator, I like to believe that there’s something after death. This film made me question it, then believe in it, then question it all over again. My mind was running laps the whole time, and I have to say, I was really, really impressed overall.

While, like I said, it isn’t a horror film, I still suggest it for people that are into the idea of the paranormal, psychic abilities, or just people that enjoy a good movie (which I hope is all of you).

Now, on to the actual review:
Story/Concept: 2
Direction/Style: 2
Scares: 0
Atmosphere: 2
Rewatchability: 2
An awesome 8/10!

Had scares not been a category, I probably would have given this one a 9/10. That’s really how good I thought it was, you guys. Please, please watch it.

Until next time, my spooks. <3

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  1. I’m gonna talk about spoilers, so if someone has not watched it yet, you might want to scroll down my comment.
    I love this movie. Cillian acting is so on point. And the rest of the cast is pretty good too. However, I do understand that isn’t an option for everyone. The pace is quite slow and more than being a horror movie it’s like you said: thriller. Suspense.
    People who are expecting an action packed movie, trying not to think a lot about the plot, should move on and find another one. And I’m saying this with my best interest to make sure whoever reads this isn’t disappointed.


    And from what I have read some people like to believe that he didn’t know about his powers. I thought quite the contrary: He knew about his powers. Hell, he might have not only telekinesis but more on his sleeve. And he was playing all of us by being one of the most boring person on this movie. What makes me think this? His whole body language and especially the scene when he’s laying on the bed and his eyes and a couple of muscles around his eyes change. This wasn’t him realizing he had powers, but him finally deciding on what to do. Hence the end of the movie.


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