Red Lights Movie Reviews
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Ha, so let me be uber super cheesy and say that whoever gave the "green light" to "Red Lights" needs to reconsider what they're doing in the movie business. Was it Robert De Niro, who serves as both star and producer on this misguided wannabe thriller/adventure story? The last decent movie De Niro was in was that one with Bradley Cooper, but lately he seems to be getting the worst scripts (hey, at least he's not doing movies like "Jack & Jill" with Adam Sandler like Pacino). The "red lights" in this story are supposed to be the tricks employed by con artists (psychics/soothsayers/healers) that make people think that supernatural things are possible. Two researchers who are experts in proving that red lights are false (Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy) set out to take down the last of the great psychics who has come out of retirement (De Niro). That's as much sense as I could make of the movie. The second half is full of weird back stories that make as much sense as the ridiculous twist at the end that's supposed to wrap it all up. I won't say what the twist it, but needless to say it didn't serve as pay off for having to endure the previous two hours.
I thought this film was alright but i do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters because it is not worth the price of the movie ticket. The film started out very promising and I was genuinely interested and excited but eventually the film became kind of ridiculous and highly unbelievable and I was very disappointed. It is a real shame that this film was not good because it had such an amazing cast and a really interesting story. Weaver is really great in this film and she definitely lifts it up as well as DeNiro and others, the problem is that even the greatest actors can not save a script with gazillion holes. Overall, it is not a horrible film but I think it is better off watched at the comfort of your house.
Is it me, or are Robert De Niro's movies just getting worse and worse with each release? We all know he's super crazy talented, but lately he just can't seem to get his hands on a good script, which is especially bad considering that he produced this movie himself so he should know better. He seems to be suffering from the inverse of the "Other Greatest Actor in Hollywood" Meryl Streep, whose roles just keep getting better and better - and she's a woman in an industry renown for its reluctance to write anything decent for a woman over 39! Sigourney Weaver tries to break that rule with this movie but even she can't save it. It's supposed to be a suspense thriller that makes you question all the things you think you know about science and magic, but it tries too hard to be like the Sixth Sense and in the end it's just No Sense. Maybe De Niro should consider retiring for a while so he can recoup before he makes any more disasters!
This one is kind of a disappointment. I was expecting something pretty bad ass and instead it's so confusing and weird that I just don't know what happened for half the movie. It's not like I didn't get it or anything, it's just that there are so many twists and turns and unexplainable things that happen in the movie that you feel your head slowly starting to detach from your neck! Like if the so called red lights are just fake, then how do you explain the researchers history of debunking all the supernatural events? And if the red lights are real, then how do we believe in basic science? I know that this is a movie and they just want us to get hooked but they tried way way waaaay too hard and in the end it didn't do much. De Niro is kind of overacting in this one, though I really like Cillian Murphy who is one of my favorite actors. Elizabeth Olsen is also pretty great in it, as is the always dependable Sigourney Weaver.
If you've learned anything by way of going to the local cineplex in the last five years, it's that there are far, far too many paranormal movies out there. Add Red Lights to that list, the overly ambitious and overly-stuck-in-overdrive new movie from director Rodrigo Cortes which stars Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and Cillian Murphy.
The first hour is fairly well-done, I will give it that. But once the set up is officially over and the plot moves to the inevitable showdown between expert (Weaver) and adversary (De Niro), it really starts to fall apart into an incoherent mess that literally began to make me feel like I needed an oxygen mask just to make it to the end. I know this is supposed to be a thriller, but once your audience starts to feel like the movie is physically consuming them, you know something has gone terribly, awfully wrong. Just ask M. Knight Shyamalan.
Here is as brief and lucid a synopsis as I can provide: two researchers (played by Weaver and Murphy) whose business and expertise it is to prove that all supernatural occurrences are really just cleverly crafted stagings and tricks (or "red lights") are out to take down the infamous psychic Simon Silver (De Niro) who has just come out of retirement. Of course, something ends up going horribly wrong, flying in the face of all their research, and compelling them to question the basis of all their "red light" knowledge. Who is right and who is the real fraud? Oh, the suspense. And oh, the convolution.
The fatal flaw with the movie is that it presents a lot of set up to the problem at hand and then goes straight into resolution. There's no build-up, no development. It's kind of like Crash in that sense: here's the problem . . . oh, and here's the solution. Never mind all the subtle, contextual things you really should know about before you can even claim to even half understand the issue at hand. We'll just skip that so that the studio can have its tidy running time.
Murphy is on top of the cast here, followed close behind by Weaver and Elizabeth Olsen (who plays one of his students). But De Niro is so over the top sometimes you wonder if he thought he was auditioning for a part rejected by Christof Waltz. Less is more, Robby, which sadly should have also been the mantra of the movie.