Creepy De Niro works his magic

Creepy De Niro works his magic

Do supernatural powers exist? The puzzling, recurring question has been resurrected this time by director Rodrigo Cortes, in his new film, Red Lights.

Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) are two professors dedicated to proving that paranormal activities do not exist. Together they investigate so-called haunted houses and expose psychic frauds.

When the legendary psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro, pictured) returns after years out of the spotlight, Buckley, decides to investigate him, despite Matheson's warnings, quickly becomes obsessed by the case.

Cortes provides moments of shivering suspense in Red Lights: his psychological thriller, like many others, revolves around the idea that everything may or may not happen in characters' minds. The problem is that Cortes does not set up the story well enough and important details are lost.

Yet the fine cast will keep you nailed to your seat, even if you lose interest in the plot. De Niro is wonderfully creepy and Murphy changes brilliantly from a confident investigator into a pale-faced, paranoid man.

It's a film for psychological-thriller lovers; others may not have the patience to sit to the end.

YP Rating: 3/5

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