Rodrigo Cortés demonstrated that all you need to create suspense and drama is a captivating story - and creative filmmaking technique - in last year's single-location thriller, Buried. His followup, Red Lights, aims to likewise create suspense and tension, but through a very different approach: by examining the spookier side of fringe science.
There's little footage shown in the newly-released Red Lights teaser trailer - and yet it still manages to be kind of ominous and creepy, just by using the right combination of muted visuals, eery music, and a money shot of Robert De Niro appearing to be ... well, you'll see.
Red Lights stars Sigourney Weaver as Margaret Matheson, a respectable psychologist who collaborates with fellow skeptic Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) on an investigation to demonstrate that world-renowned practitioner of the psychic arts, Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), is a fraud.
That is clearly easier said than done, as implied by the Red Lights teaser - which you can watch (via MTV) below:
Red Lights also stars the likes of Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Toby Jones (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Burn Gorman (Torchwood), and Craig Roberts (Submarine), among others. As mentioned before, it's hard to come to any preliminary conclusions about Cortés' new film based solely on the teaser - however, if this cast is any indication, Red Lights should be a solid and engaging thriller, on the acting side of things.
Buried was a very effective drama, but it was mostly visceral in design - focusing primarily on its protagonist's efforts to escape his deadly prison, without really developing the political overtones of its story (beyond the subtextual layer, at least). Cortés appears to have something more cerebral in mind with Red Lights, seeing how the teaser hints at a film that full-on investigates the fallible nature of human perception and knowledge - and, in turn, why that sometimes makes it difficult to immediately dismiss anything classified as paranormal activity to be utter nonsense. Color us interested, to be sure.
Red Lights is slated to reach theaters in 2012. We will let you know when it has an official release date.