Sceptical psychologists begin an investigation into a famed psychic which leads to some results that science can’t explain.
Director Rodrigo Cortes
made a hell of an entrance with his blistering English language debut Buried
in 2010. Made for just $2 million in his native Spain and featuring Ryan Reynolds
alone on screen for its entire 94 minute running time as a man desperately trying to escape from a subterranean coffin, Buried
was a triumph of inventive camerawork and editing, with Reynolds
wrongly overlooked for an Oscar nomination.
With critical praise and moderate commercial success, all eyes were on Cortes
’ next move and he’s confounded expectations with new project Red Lights
. It couldn’t be more different from Buried
, with an ensemble cast, a much larger scale and a tale which focuses on the notion of belief.Sigourney Weaver
plays a woman who investigates psychics, with the intention of using science to prove that they are all charlatans, with the help of her physicist helper, played by Cillian Murphy
. But when the celebrated Simon Silver (Robert DeNiro
) comes under scrutiny, nothing can prepare them for where the truth will take them.
Robert DeNiro in Red Lights Enlarge
It’s certainly an ambitious project, with Cortes
working from a self penned script and shooting again in his native Spain to get the most value from a below average budget. No doubt on the back of Buried
he’s attracted a string of stars, including relative recluse Murphy
and a role for DeNiro
which suits his legendary status. You’ll also find the very busy (and talented) Elizabeth Olsen
in the mix as well as Joely Richardson
and Submarine’s Craig Roberts
– making his American funded debut.
Reports from the film’s premiere at Sundance in January have been a little mixed, focussing on Cortes
possibly biting off more than he can chew in terms of the themes at play but we’re still hopeful for something different from Red Lights