And for those of you who think that Robert De Niro keeps choosing the wrong films to appear in, Red Lights is coming soon. After an impressive premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Rodrigo Cortés‘ new film seems to have created quite the noise. Starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Elizabeth Olsen, the movie tells the story of two psychologists trying hard to uncover a fake psychic who they think takes advantage of the public’s ignorance and naivety.
The premise might not sound as intriguing, however the film made a huge impression and is one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. Written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés, Red Lights is clearly split into two parts, with one being a highly intense thriller, and the other being a much slower, more mysterious, and very supernatural kind of film. The second part of the movie is all Robert De Niro’s, as he monopolises the screen and really makes it shine.
Although the first part of the movie keeps its audience on edge, the second clearly owes most of its style and horrific atmosphere to Hitchcock, which is what makes it that little bit more appealing. Fear is constantly there, however moments of dark laughter do peep through, lightening up the mood and ensuring the viewer is caught completely oblivious when something big happens again. Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver are great from beginning to end, though the end has caused quite a bit of controversy.
The movie’s premiere audience was split into two halves, kind like the film itself, with some accepting the film’s ending and recognising it as a necessary evil, and some hating it. What most viewers said, was that if Red Lights wasn’t so great in every aspect, then perhaps the ending would have been ok. According to them, this flawless film deserved a different kind of ending. A more believable, less compromised kind of resolution. Being accused of destroying an otherwise fantastic film, yet it might be this ending that makes the film so anticipated in the first place. After all, there is no such thing as bad publicity, right?
Produced by Nostromo Pictures and shot mostly in Canada and Spain, the movie is an artistic and highly ambitious attempt to define reality and seek truth. Moving between man made and supernatural, the lines become too thin, and the answers depend on what one believes. A haunting atmosphere is created and a unique story is told, in such a mysterious and inventive way, that everything feels entirely original and unique. It could be a work of art thriller, or it could be a disappointment and a fraud. I guess it will all depend on what each of you thinks of that legendary ending…