Back in 2010, Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés got the attention of U.S. audiences by putting Ryan Reynolds in a box for Buried. Now he’s back with an ensemble number that looks at the world of celebrity psychics. The first trailer for Red Lights doesn’t let us in on the secret of whether psychic powers really exist in its world or not, but it raises the question. And what it does reveal to us along the way is that it has an impressive cast that makes it look more than worth checking out.
If you want to know more about the film, you can also check out Kate’s review from Sundance – or just check out the trailer below.
Sigourney Weaver plays a woman who investigates the legitimacy of those claiming to have psychic powers. She seems to be pretty good at her job, and even questions whether there are any real challenges left. Enter Robert De Niro. He’s playing the most infamous psychic in the world, a man who seems to have everyone convinced enough of his power that even Weaver’s character wants to stay away from him (probably because he seems to be able to break windows by pointing at them like Travolta in Phenomenon).
Enter her assistant, played by Cillian Murphy. He’s young and brash, and looking at things from a scientific perspective. He doesn’t care how dangerous a reputation De Niro’s character has, he’s dedicated to finding him out. This leads to lots of panic, loud noises, people running, and even more glass breaking over the course of the trailer. Red Lights is a film that seems to skirt the edges of thriller and dip its toe a little bit into the horror genre. Plus, I haven’t even mentioned that it also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Toby Jones. That’s about five reasons to see it right there.
The film is set to open in the UK on June 22, and then in the US on July 13.