Red Lights is a 2012 Spanish-American thriller film written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés and starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Toby Jones and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
In the film a psychologist and paranormal investigator, played by Sigourney Weaver, and her physicist assistant, played by Cillian Murphy, investigate a famous psychic.
Cortés spent a year and a half researching and writing the screenplay, studying both sides of the psychic powers issue offered by skeptics and believers. He came to the conclusion that some on each side exclude evidence that does not support their position. He wrote the character of skeptical psychologist Margaret Matheson specifically with actress Sigourney Weaver in mind for the role, but with no advance commitment from her, though to his relief, she did sign on to the project after reading the script.
Filming took place in Barcelona. It began in February 2011 and concluded in April 2011. There was also a week of filming that was done at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada.
The Spanish writer-director Cortés's last film was the brilliantly sustained Buried, a claustrophobic thriller set entirely in a wooden box several feet underground in the Iraqi desert, occupied by an American truck driver kidnapped by terrorists. His new movie covers more familiar ground, being about a pair of sceptical academic scientists (Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy) dedicated for different reasons to exposing fraudulent paranormal activities, while a professional rival (Toby Jones) gets larger grants to investigate ESP at the same university. Their chief target is a celebrated blind psychic (Robert De Niro), who bends forks and claims to cure diseases. After an extremely interesting first hour demonstrating their investigative methods, the movie flags rather badly. The climax is preceded by one of the most absurdly violent fights of recent years staged in a lavatory where the combatants inflict terrible injuries on basins and toilets.
Cillian Murphy as Tom Buckley
Robert De Niro as Simon Silver
Sigourney Weaver as Margaret Matheson
Joely Richardson as Monica Handsen
Elizabeth Olsen as Sally Owen
Craig Roberts as Ben
Toby Jones as Dr. Paul Shackleton
Burn Gorman as Benedict Cosell
Leonardo Sbaraglia as Palladino
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