Red Lights – Movie Trailer (And How Skeptically-Minded Is It?)

The 62-year-old Sigourney Weaver said in an interview with The Associated Press that she probably doesn’t believe in “fairies and ghosts.” But the star of the first four “Alien” films says she believes people have souls and that there’s more to life than what can be explained by science. “Red Lights” features Weaver as a skeptic whose life’s work is debunking phony claims of the paranormal. The film from writer-director Rodrigo Cortes co-stars Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen.

Some spoilers follow, regarding the plot… and just how skeptical it really is…

Okay – they might change the ending… but otherwise?

Early word from Sundance attendees about Red Lights has been pretty mixed, with most critics saying that the film boasts some excellent performances (no surprise there, given the cast) but that its narrative unfolds in a pretty convoluted and ill-conceived manner, before running out of steam during the lackluster third act. Sadly, the international trailer doesn’t do a whole lot to discredit those claims, seeing how it makes Red Light look like little more than a generic thriller about a dedicated skeptic who (say it with us now) finally encounters a person whose powers they cannot control – leading them to become obsessed with uncovering the truth, no matter the danger.

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

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