Rodrigo Cortés made a splash at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival with his single-setting thriller, Buried. He returned to the scene of the crime in 2012 with Red Lights, a thriller about a pair of hardcore rationalists who investigate paranormal activities, with the intention of proving their fraudulence – but, who may have found their match in the form of a famous blind psychic with abilities that even they cannot seem to explain.
The cast of Red Lights includes dramatic heavyweights Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver as that crusading scientist duo, along with excellent acting talent like Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in supporting roles – and also Robert De Niro as the aforementioned psychic, Simon Silver.
Unlike the minimalistic Red Lights teaser trailer, this new theatrical promo actually dives into the film’s plot, hinting at the eventual foreboding twists and turns it takes. You can decide whether or not that approach proves more effective in selling the film by watching the latest preview clip, below:
Early word from Sundance attendees about Red Lights has been pretty mixed, with most critics saying that the film boasts some excellent performances (no surprise there, given the cast) but that its narrative unfolds in a pretty convoluted and ill-conceived manner, before running out of steam during the lackluster third act. Sadly, the international trailer doesn’t do a whole lot to discredit those claims, seeing how it makes Red Light look like little more than a generic thriller about a dedicated skeptic who (say it with us now) finally encounters a person whose powers they cannot control – leading them to become obsessed with uncovering the truth, no matter the danger.
That said – the cast for this flick alone could justify giving it a look. Not to mention, early word from both Red Lights‘ supporters and detractors alike is that the movie (despite what the trailer would have you think) is far less unconventional than your average supernatural thriller – and that, should the finale be reworked, it would drastically improve the film as a whole.
Red Lights has been picked up for distribution by Millennium Entertainment, but does not yet have an official U.S. release date. So, here’s to hoping the film’s narrative kinks are worked out, by the time it actually hit theaters.
Source: Dutch FilmWorks