Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant, physicist Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), work in a college’s paranormal research department. Together they investigate and debunk fraudulent claims of paranormal activity. Ghost whispering…faith healing…and other seemingly amazing psychic phenomena are all exposed when the pair detect what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind each highly staged “paranormal” occurrence. In fact, the first half of the film is devoted to watching these champions of science and reason debunk mentalists, psychics and other frauds – and watching the relationship between these characters develop.
The second half of the film, though, is a complete shift in mood and pacing. While the first part of the film is tight, controlled and precise, the second half becomes chaotic and suspenseful. A mirror of Tom’s changing mental state. Matheson’s old nemesis, the world-reknown blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert DeNiro) has come out of retirement after three decades out of the spotlight, and Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) are determined to discredit him. Matheson warns Buckley that Silver is dangerous and urges him to stay away, but Buckley perseveres. His quest forces Buckley to reexamine his own core beliefs as his investigation takes some bizarre and unexpected turns.
Red Lights is scheduled for a limited release onJuly 13, 2012by Millennium Entertainment. Written and directed by Rodrigo Cortes, the R-rated thriller also stars Toby Jones as Dr. Paul Shackleton.