Parents' Guide to

Red Lights

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Horror/thriller about psychics has violence, language.

Movie R 2012 113 minutes
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RED LIGHTS' very subtle writing, editing, and music create a mood of uneasiness and mistrust; certain scenes don't even seem to be "really" happening. It's magnificently off-kilter and constantly gripping. Director Rodrigo Cortes last brought us Buried, a gruelingly intense thriller that used only one on-screen actor and one location; he continues that sense of paranoia, claustrophobia, and tension in this more ambitious movie.

The movie's main drawback is that, to reach its conclusion, it eventually answers its own unanswerable questions. But it can be argued that this is necessary for Tom's character, even if it hurts the story; it's an inevitable conclusion in his personal journey. Plus, Cortes draws excellent performances from Weaver (her best in ages), Murphy, and even DeNiro, who's more mesmerizing and menacing than he has been in years.

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