Red Lights ***

The film follows psychologist/lecturer Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom (Cillian Murphy) as they study paranormal activity in an attempt to disprove the existence of it. When psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) returns to the limelight after 30 years of lying low, the pair decide to investigate him.

As the viewer would expect from a cast including Weaver, Murphy and De Niro there are some great performances in the movie. De Niro in particular stands out in his portrayal of the blind psychic who appears to be responsible for the events that occur. Weaver also performs well as the cynical professor who strongly believes those who claim to have psychic powers are frauds.

The story appears promising for the first half of the movie, but seems to lose its way in the second half. The events are somewhat “all over the place” and the conclusion does not make sense. While twist endings are often appreciated by the audience, the ending of Red Lights left a lot of questions unanswered and was completely out of place given how the story had played out prior to this.

Overall the film starts off great but is let down by a weak second half and poor ending. While it has some strong plot points and great acting, this makes Red Lights a mediocre film.

Reviewed by Lesley Watt

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