"Neither Here Nor There"
What You Need To Know:
RED LIGHTS is a tense psychological thriller about belief and perception. Until the very end, Tom debunks all forms of psychic phenomena. A twist at the end, however, shows that it can be real. The ending also leaves open the possibility of an afterlife. At that point, the story just ends, leaving viewers hanging. The ending is full of questions, not answers. Thus, it’s neither here nor there. Consequently, most viewers will be disappointed in what RED LIGHTS ultimately offers.
(PaPa, OO, HH, AbAb, B, LLL, VV, S, N, A, D, M) Strong, somewhat mixed and confused, pagan worldview with strong occult content and strong humanist, anti-religious elements as protagonist debunks fake psychics, but ending validates one character’s psychic telekinetic powers as it invalidates another’s phony telekinetic powers, which also leaves open the slight possibility of an afterlife but there is no overt Christian content though there are a couple brief references to God; 25 obscenities (including more than several “f” words), three strong profanities, one light profanity; strong violence includes brutal fight scene in bathroom between two men who slam each other’s heads against sinks and walls, plus windows mysteriously rupture, electronic equipment explodes, birds crash through windows two or three times, and man performs bloody “psychic surgery” onstage; implied fornication; brief upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, cheating, lying, and fraud but exposed.
RED LIGHTS is an interesting thriller about supernatural belief and non-belief, but, at the end of the day, it’s not quite sure what exactly it believes. Thus, the ending is too open-ended. This may leave many viewers scratching their heads and coming away dissatisfied, asking “Now what?”
In the story, two scientists, a woman and her younger partner, Margaret and Tom, have been debunking dozens of fraudulent mind readers, ghost hunters, mediums, and faith healers. Suddenly, the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver comes out of retirement after 30 years. Tom wants to expose Silver for the fraud they believe he is, but Margaret warns him that Silver is too dangerous. The reason? Silver was somehow involved with the mysterious death of his most ardent critic before he retired
Tom goes against Margaret’s orders. He enlists the aid of his star pupil, Sally. The closer they get to exposing Silver, however, the more strange phenomena begin to occur, such as buildings shaking, windows busting, and birds dropping from the sky. Tom begins to question his beliefs, but then Silver sends one of his goons to beat him up. This strengthens Tom’s resolve to expose Silver.
Things come to a head when Silver agrees to a series of rigorous experiments by one of Tom’s less skeptical colleagues at the university.
RED LIGHTS is a tense psychological thriller about belief and perception. Until the very end, Tom is able to debunk all forms of psychic phenomena. A twist at the end, however, shows that it can be real. The ending also leaves open the possibility of an afterlife. At that point, the story just ends, leaving viewers hanging. In an interview with MOVIEGUIDE®, the writer/director revealed he didn’t care to go any further, because he doesn’t really care one way or another. He was only interested in exploring the topic of belief and perception, not in coming to any conclusions. This is exactly how the movie’s ending plays. The ending is full of questions, not answers. Thus, it’s neither here nor there. Consequently, most viewers will be disappointed in what RED LIGHTS ultimately offers.