For his follow-up to the rather impressive Buried, director Rodrigo Cortes is working with Robert DeNiro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy on the thriller Red Lights. He’s out at AFM gathering interest and distributors, and The Hollywood Reporter have reported back on some of what went down. Here’s the basic premise:
Red Lights revolves around a pair of skeptical investigators (Weaver, Murphy) on a mission to reveal practitioners (De Niro) of psychic arts as phonies.
Okay, that’s great, that’s a hook and I, for one, am a sucker for these reason vs. superstition things, but Cortes went on to spoil the film’s big surprise – or at least one of its big surprises. I’m going to put this next passage in invisotext, so “mouse over” if you aren’t frightened of finding out.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“The main role character dies in the middle of the film,” Cortes teased. “That will shock the audience I hope and put them on edge.”
This lead character, I understand, is the one played by Ms. Weaver.
Okay, it’s not the most original twist in the world, but it does seem to work and I’ve seen it employed to good effect a few times over. It all comes down to how well hidden it is, and how dramatically relevant and sincere it feels in the flow of the narrative.
Maybe, though, it isn’t the only big twist in the offing. Cortes has said that the film is about “how the brain does not give a true picture of reality”, and that seems to allow any amount of “all is not what it seems” jiggery pokery.
All the same, I can see THR coming under fire for publishing the reveal so nakedly.
Here’s the film’s sales poster, courtesy of Shock Till You Drop:
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