DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Cortés
BLURB: Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.
RATING: 6 out of 10
Pro: Cillian Murphy’s performance was at least believable enough to make you think.
Con: It seemed to waste a potentially interesting plot by falling just short of exciting.
Themes: The movie raised some interesting points to think about, such as the introduction of doubt into a lifetime convinced of something that eventually is challenged. It also explored the publics hunger for all things paranormal and how we can latch onto things that fulfil a need for belief in some form of supernatural existence. Finally it raised the notion of self delusion and the search to fit in.
This paranormal thriller promised to be a cut above the rest with the directorial talents of Rodrigo Cortes and three leading actors – Robert DeNiro, Sigouney Weaver and Cillian Murphy – any of whom could carry a movie in their own right. However a reasonably good start petered out pretty soon finally descending into what felt like a pilot for a TV series on SyFy.
Despite some respectable performances from the three leads – although Weaver ‘s acting smacked a bit of a reprise of her character in Avatar – the scares and plot twists we have come to expect from this kind of movie just weren’t there.
The twist at the end was a little unexpected and, for me at least, helped me to feel like I got something back for my two hour investment.