In my senior year of college, I was enlisted to do a piece about psychics for the school’s magazine. My mission was to go to different psychics and get some insights about my future into the real world. Well, long story short, it was a lot of pointless jibber jabba.
I can imagine that there are people out there who invest their faith and money in psychics and believe everything they are told. I feel bad for these people who fall prey of the “psychics” that take advantage of them. This is why I was interested in seeing “Red Lights.”
Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant Tom Buckley study the inner workings of paranormal phenomena. They expose psychics, mind readers and the like for the frauds that they are. Margaret and Tom take the illusion out of the psychics’ performances and showmanship using scientific proof.
During the time the duo are trying to keep their department afloat, a well-known psychic, Simon Silver, comes out of hiding years after someone mysteriously died at his last performance.
Silver is a blind psychic with incredible powers. Well, that’s what the general public believes. Tom is eager to expose Silver, thinking it will save the department but Margaret doesn’t think he’s worth their time.
It’s revealed that Margaret and Silver once met and he freaked her out to the point that for a moment, she doubted herself and believed maybe he was the real thing. She thinks he’s dangerous and Tom should stay away. Of course he doesn’t.
Tom takes on the task to investigates Silver and try to debunk his tricks. Things start getting freaky when Tom can’t find one single piece of evidence that shows Silver is a phony.
I’m not going to give away anything crucial about this movie but it plays a lot on the perception of what we see. Even as an audience member of this movie, you can’t help but have at least one minute questioning what you really believe.
Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy entwine well as stern believers against anything supernatural. They have almost a mother/son relationship that carries throughout the movie. Robert De Niro is down right chilling. It’s almost scary to try to doubt his character because you just don’t know if he’s for real or not.
I’m growing very fond of director Rodrigo Cortes. My first exposure to him was when I went to a screening of Buried. I think he’s great at making something that gets the audience thinking on a personal level. With Buried, I went through the thoughts of what I would do if I were stuck in that same situation more so than wondering what would happen to the character. In Red Lights, I questioned if maybe, somewhere out there, there is a person who can really read your mind and tell your future.
Red Lights may not change your thoughts about psychics by the end of the movie but it will make you think about all the different angles and possibilities out there. Even with my unsuccessful experience, I’m still on the fence about how I feel about psychics. The world is a crazy place with unexplained occurrences so I like to think that there’s a chance for anything. If you’re a believer or not, there is no denying that not everything has a scientific significance.
Check out Red Lights when it hits theater in the U.S. next month.