History Film / RedLights

22nd Mar '15 11:39:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:DeadPartner: Margaret dies about halfway into the film.]] * [[spoiler: DecoyProtagonist: Margaret sure looks like the heroine of the film...until she kicks the bucket halfway through and the rest of the movie focuses on Buckley hell-bent on bringing down Silver to reinstate Margaret's reputation.]]
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* [[spoiler:DeadPartner: Margaret DeadPartner: [[spoiler:Margaret dies about halfway into the film.]] * [[spoiler: DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Margaret sure looks like the heroine of the film...until she kicks the bucket halfway through and the rest of the movie focuses on Buckley hell-bent on bringing down Silver to reinstate Margaret's reputation.]]

* [[spoiler:ScullySyndrome]]: Buckley, though it is a very non-typical example, as it is more about himself and not external phenomena.
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* [[spoiler:ScullySyndrome]]: Buckley, ScullySyndrome: [[spoiler:Buckley, though it is a very non-typical example, as it is more about himself and not external phenomena.]]

* [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror / TomatoSurprise: Depending on your interpretation of Buckley. Either he knew long before the plot and joined Matheson to try and discover others like himself, or during the course of his work in trying to expose Silver he discovered that the phenomena occurring to him were his powers manifesting, not Silver's. It's not clear if he's sure himself which is the case]].
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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror / TomatoSurprise: Depending on your interpretation of Buckley. Either he knew long before the plot and joined Matheson to try and discover others like himself, or during the course of his work in trying to expose Silver he discovered that the phenomena occurring to him were his powers manifesting, not Silver's. It's not clear if he's sure himself which is the case]].
22nd Mar '15 11:32:41 AM Morgenthaler
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Take a paradigm PsychologicalThriller, add some ParanormalTropes, make the relation between main characters sufficiently complicated not to qualify as romantic, give them some epistemological problems to deal with in the middle of an unfriendly academy - or, better, let the man who made ''{{Buried}}'' do it - and you will have ''Film/RedLights'': yes, yet another film about whether the supernatural exists, but this time additionally addressing the problem of human motivations lurking behind seemingly rational decisions and rationality itself. The two main characters are [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dr. Margaret Matheson]], a middle-aged "professional skeptic" whose academic work concentrates on debunking the alleged cases of paranormal phenomena, and her assistant, brilliant physicist [[Creator/CillianMurphy Dr. Tom Buckley]]. They work as a team, running classes about scientific explanations of the paranormal and occasionally [[WhoYouGonnaCall answering the calls]] of persons who have problems with what they think belongs to the area of parapsychology. One day a particularly impressive MonsterOfTheWeek, the famous blind psychic [[RobertDeNiro Simon Silver]], comes onto the stage. Buckley is determined to investigate him and find out the secret behind his performances, but Matheson, whose attempt to debunk Silver's alleged powers a long time ago ended in failure, is not willing to face him again, warning Buckley to stay away, that he's dangerous. [[ReversePsychology Of course,]] Tom starts the investigation - and, from the very beginning, strange things (like being hit with a glass shard mysteriously detached from the ceiling in the middle of the [[PhoneCallFromTheDead phone conversations with unidentified interlocutors]]) begin to happen around him and Margaret. As usual, [[Series/TheXFiles the truth is out there]].
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Take a paradigm PsychologicalThriller, add some ParanormalTropes, make the relation between main characters sufficiently complicated not to qualify as romantic, give them some epistemological problems to deal with in the middle of an unfriendly academy - or, better, let the man who made ''{{Buried}}'' ''Film/{{Buried}}'' do it - and you will have ''Film/RedLights'': yes, yet another film about whether the supernatural exists, but this time additionally addressing the problem of human motivations lurking behind seemingly rational decisions and rationality itself. The two main characters are [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dr. Margaret Matheson]], Matheson (Creator/SigourneyWeaver), a middle-aged "professional skeptic" whose academic work concentrates on debunking the alleged cases of paranormal phenomena, and her assistant, brilliant physicist [[Creator/CillianMurphy Dr. Tom Buckley]].Buckley (Creator/CillianMurphy). They work as a team, running classes about scientific explanations of the paranormal and occasionally [[WhoYouGonnaCall answering the calls]] of persons who have problems with what they think belongs to the area of parapsychology. One day a particularly impressive MonsterOfTheWeek, the famous blind psychic [[RobertDeNiro Simon Silver]], Silver (Creator/RobertDeNiro), comes onto the stage. Buckley is determined to investigate him and find out the secret behind his performances, but Matheson, whose attempt to debunk Silver's alleged powers a long time ago ended in failure, is not willing to face him again, warning Buckley to stay away, that he's dangerous. [[ReversePsychology Of course,]] Tom starts the investigation - and, from the very beginning, strange things (like being hit with a glass shard mysteriously detached from the ceiling in the middle of the [[PhoneCallFromTheDead phone conversations with unidentified interlocutors]]) begin to happen around him and Margaret. As usual, [[Series/TheXFiles the truth is out there]].
9th Jul '14 2:43:44 PM Panthea
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Matheson from the beginning, and Buckley becomes the same when she dies.
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Matheson from the beginning, and Buckley becomes the same when she dies.[[spoiler:she dies]].
2nd Jul '14 7:40:29 PM TVRulezAgain
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The two main characters are [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dr. Margaret Matheson]], a middle-aged "professional skeptic" whose academic work concentrates on debunking the alleged cases of paranormal phenomena, and her assistant, brilliant physicist [[CillianMurphy Dr. Tom Buckley]]. They work as a team, running classes about scientific explanations of the paranormal and occasionally [[WhoYouGonnaCall answering the calls]] of persons who have problems with what they think belongs to the area of parapsychology. One day a particularly impressive MonsterOfTheWeek, the famous blind psychic [[RobertDeNiro Simon Silver]], comes onto the stage. Buckley is determined to investigate him and find out the secret behind his performances, but Matheson, whose attempt to debunk Silver's alleged powers a long time ago ended in failure, is not willing to face him again, warning Buckley to stay away, that he's dangerous. [[ReversePsychology Of course,]] Tom starts the investigation - and, from the very beginning, strange things (like being hit with a glass shard mysteriously detached from the ceiling in the middle of the [[PhoneCallFromTheDead phone conversations with unidentified interlocutors]]) begin to happen around him and Margaret. As usual, [[Series/TheXFiles the truth is out there]].
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The two main characters are [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dr. Margaret Matheson]], a middle-aged "professional skeptic" whose academic work concentrates on debunking the alleged cases of paranormal phenomena, and her assistant, brilliant physicist [[CillianMurphy [[Creator/CillianMurphy Dr. Tom Buckley]]. They work as a team, running classes about scientific explanations of the paranormal and occasionally [[WhoYouGonnaCall answering the calls]] of persons who have problems with what they think belongs to the area of parapsychology. One day a particularly impressive MonsterOfTheWeek, the famous blind psychic [[RobertDeNiro Simon Silver]], comes onto the stage. Buckley is determined to investigate him and find out the secret behind his performances, but Matheson, whose attempt to debunk Silver's alleged powers a long time ago ended in failure, is not willing to face him again, warning Buckley to stay away, that he's dangerous. [[ReversePsychology Of course,]] Tom starts the investigation - and, from the very beginning, strange things (like being hit with a glass shard mysteriously detached from the ceiling in the middle of the [[PhoneCallFromTheDead phone conversations with unidentified interlocutors]]) begin to happen around him and Margaret. As usual, [[Series/TheXFiles the truth is out there]].
26th Dec '13 3:35:35 AM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw-It's quite unlikely Leonardo would get arrested when his act is exposed as fake, let alone imprisoned. The scene is obviously based on the debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by James Randi (see ShoutOut below), and not only was Popoff not prosecuted, his followers were outraged with Randi for exposing him ([[KarmaHoudini Popoff]] is still going strong to this day). In the same way, if the people hoodwinked were unwilling to press charges (very likely) he obviously wouldn't go to jail. These cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in RealLife, though Randi offers to testify for the prosecution if they do, and has done so before.
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* HollywoodLaw-It's HollywoodLaw: It's quite unlikely Leonardo would get arrested when his act is exposed as fake, let alone imprisoned. The scene is obviously based on the debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by James Randi (see ShoutOut below), and not only was Popoff not prosecuted, his followers were outraged with Randi for exposing him ([[KarmaHoudini Popoff]] is still going strong to this day). In the same way, if the people hoodwinked were unwilling to press charges (very likely) he obviously wouldn't go to jail. These cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in RealLife, though Randi offers to testify for the prosecution if they do, and has done so before.

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The film has many plot threads left dangling. [[spoiler: Did Buckley call ''himself'' all those times with his powers and not know it? Was he responsible for the strange things going on at Silver's office, and were the apparently possessed people there stooges, or did he unconsciously influence them? Additionally, while Silver's supposed "thought transference" was explained, they never said anything about the "thought photographs" which he produced that Shackleton said had "no scientific explanation." Of course that could have been faked too-we don't see how though.]]
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The film has many plot threads left dangling. [[spoiler: Did Buckley call ''himself'' all those times with his powers and not know it? Was he responsible for the strange things going on at Silver's office, and were the apparently possessed people there stooges, or did he unconsciously influence them? Additionally, while Silver's supposed "thought transference" was explained, they never said anything about the "thought photographs" which he produced that Shackleton said had "no scientific explanation." Of course that could might have been faked too-we don't see how though.]]
9th Nov '13 9:30:28 PM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw-It's quite unlikely Leonardo would get arrested when his act is exposed as fake, let alone imprisoned. The scene is obviously based on the debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by James Randi (see ShoutOut below), and not only was Popoff not prosecuted, his followers were outraged with Randi for exposing him. In the same way, if the people hoodwinked were unwilling to press charges (very likely) he obviously wouldn't go to jail. These cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in RealLife, though Randi offers to testify for the prosecution if they do, and has done so before.
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* HollywoodLaw-It's quite unlikely Leonardo would get arrested when his act is exposed as fake, let alone imprisoned. The scene is obviously based on the debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by James Randi (see ShoutOut below), and not only was Popoff not prosecuted, his followers were outraged with Randi for exposing him.him ([[KarmaHoudini Popoff]] is still going strong to this day). In the same way, if the people hoodwinked were unwilling to press charges (very likely) he obviously wouldn't go to jail. These cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in RealLife, though Randi offers to testify for the prosecution if they do, and has done so before.
9th Nov '13 9:26:06 PM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw-It's quite unlikely Leonardo would get arrested when his act is exposed as fake, let alone imprisoned. The scene is obviously based on the debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by James Randi (see ShoutOut below), and not only was Popoff not prosecuted, his followers were outraged with Randi for exposing him. In the same way, if the people hoodwinked were unwilling to press charges (very likely) he obviously wouldn't go to jail. These cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in RealLife, though Randi offers to testify for the prosecution if they do, and has done so before.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The film has many plot threads left dangling. [[spoiler: Did Buckley call ''himself'' all those times with his powers and not know it? Was he responsible for the strange things going on at Silver's office, and were the apparently possessed people there stooges, or did he unconsciously influence them? Additionally, while Silver's supposed "thought transference" was explained, they never said anything about the "thought photographs" which he produced that Shackleton said had "no scientific explanation." Of course that could have been faked too-we don't see how though.]]
23rd Oct '13 1:37:28 AM XFllo
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The two main characters are [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dr. Margaret Matheson]], a middle-aged "professional skeptic" whose academic work concentrates on debunking the alleged cases of paranormal phenomena, and her assistant, brilliant physicist [[CillianMurphy Dr. Tom Buckley]]. They work as a team, running classes about scientific explanations of the paranormal and occasionally [[WhoYouGonnaCall answering the calls]] of persons who have problems with what they think belongs to the area of parapsychology. One day a particularly impressive MonsterOfTheWeek, the famous blind psychic [[RobertDeNiro Simon Silver]], comes onto the stage. Buckley is determined to investigate him and find out the secret behind his performances, but Matheson, whose attempt to debunk Silver's alleged powers a long time ago ended in failure, is not willing to face him again, warning Buckley to stay away, that he's dangerous. [[ReversePsychology Of course,]] Tom starts the investigation - and, from the very beginning, strange things (like being hit with a glass shard mysteriously detached from the ceiling in the middle of the [[PhoneCallFromTheDead phone conversations with unidentified interlocutors]]) begin to happen around him and Margaret. As usual, [[XFiles the truth is out there]].
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The two main characters are [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dr. Margaret Matheson]], a middle-aged "professional skeptic" whose academic work concentrates on debunking the alleged cases of paranormal phenomena, and her assistant, brilliant physicist [[CillianMurphy Dr. Tom Buckley]]. They work as a team, running classes about scientific explanations of the paranormal and occasionally [[WhoYouGonnaCall answering the calls]] of persons who have problems with what they think belongs to the area of parapsychology. One day a particularly impressive MonsterOfTheWeek, the famous blind psychic [[RobertDeNiro Simon Silver]], comes onto the stage. Buckley is determined to investigate him and find out the secret behind his performances, but Matheson, whose attempt to debunk Silver's alleged powers a long time ago ended in failure, is not willing to face him again, warning Buckley to stay away, that he's dangerous. [[ReversePsychology Of course,]] Tom starts the investigation - and, from the very beginning, strange things (like being hit with a glass shard mysteriously detached from the ceiling in the middle of the [[PhoneCallFromTheDead phone conversations with unidentified interlocutors]]) begin to happen around him and Margaret. As usual, [[XFiles [[Series/TheXFiles the truth is out there]].

* [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]]: Many of them, especially to ''XFiles'' - Margaret shares the surname of Senator Matheson from the series, the TV-presenter's name is [[ScullySyndrome Dana]], and in Buckley's room there is a poster identical to that in Mulder's office but with 'I want to believe' replaced by 'I want to understand'. Also to many famous (or infamous) RealLife events/arguments in the paranormal debate: the debunking of Leonardo is done the same way as faith healer Peter Popoff was exposed by the skeptical magician James Randi, the arguments of Buckley/Matheson are common, along with the paranormal tests, Simon Silver resembles the real Uri Geller, the identical horoscopes is a technique used to expose confirmation bias, the initials SPRC (Scientific Paranormal Research Center) are close to that of the actual 130-year old SPR (Society for Psychical Research), etc.
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* [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]]: Many of them, especially to ''XFiles'' ''Series/TheXFiles'' - Margaret shares the surname of Senator Matheson from the series, the TV-presenter's name is [[ScullySyndrome Dana]], and in Buckley's room there is a poster identical to that in Mulder's office but with 'I want to believe' replaced by 'I want to understand'. Also to many famous (or infamous) RealLife events/arguments in the paranormal debate: the debunking of Leonardo is done the same way as faith healer Peter Popoff was exposed by the skeptical magician James Randi, the arguments of Buckley/Matheson are common, along with the paranormal tests, Simon Silver resembles the real Uri Geller, the identical horoscopes is a technique used to expose confirmation bias, the initials SPRC (Scientific Paranormal Research Center) are close to that of the actual 130-year old SPR (Society for Psychical Research), etc.
9th Sep '13 6:08:49 PM Fireblood
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Both Matheson and Buckley.
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Both Matheson from the beginning, and Buckley.Buckley becomes the same when she dies.

* ForScience: Apparently the motivation of Silver and Shackleton.
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* ForScience: Apparently the motivation of Silver and Shackleton.Shackleton [[spoiler: though since Silver turns out to be a fake, it's likely just to further his career]].

* PhonyPsychic: Margaret and Tom work on exposing these, so much of the film's plot involves whether or not Silver is also one or if he's the genuine article. [[spoiler:He's a phony, but ''Buckley's'' real]].
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* PhonyPsychic: Margaret and Tom work on exposing these, so much of the film's plot involves whether or not Silver is also one one, or if he's the genuine article. [[spoiler:He's a phony, but ''Buckley's'' real]].

* [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]]: Many of them, especially to ''XFiles'' - Margaret shares the surname of Senator Matheson from the series, the TV-presenter's name is [[ScullySyndrome Dana]], and in Buckley's room there is a poster identical to that in Mulder's office but with 'I want to believe' replaced by 'I want to understand'. Also to many famous (or infamous) RealLife events/arguments in the paranormal debate: the debunking of Leonardo is done the same way as faith healer Peter Popoff was exposed by the skeptical magician James Randi, the arguments of Buckley/Matheson, the paranormal tests, Simon Silver resembles the real Uri Geller, the identical horoscopes is a common technique to expose confirmation bias, the initials SPRC (Scientific Paranormal Research Center) are close to that of the actual 130-year old SPR (Society for Psychical Research), etc.
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* [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]]: Many of them, especially to ''XFiles'' - Margaret shares the surname of Senator Matheson from the series, the TV-presenter's name is [[ScullySyndrome Dana]], and in Buckley's room there is a poster identical to that in Mulder's office but with 'I want to believe' replaced by 'I want to understand'. Also to many famous (or infamous) RealLife events/arguments in the paranormal debate: the debunking of Leonardo is done the same way as faith healer Peter Popoff was exposed by the skeptical magician James Randi, the arguments of Buckley/Matheson, Buckley/Matheson are common, along with the paranormal tests, Simon Silver resembles the real Uri Geller, the identical horoscopes is a common technique used to expose confirmation bias, the initials SPRC (Scientific Paranormal Research Center) are close to that of the actual 130-year old SPR (Society for Psychical Research), etc.

* TalkingToTheDead: Played with and averted. Margaret writes to her comatose son David because she knows he can't hear her and [[spoiler: in the end, Tom does the same to Margaret]].
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* TalkingToTheDead: Played with and averted. Margaret writes to her comatose son David because she knows he can't hear her and her [[spoiler: and in the end, Tom does the same to Margaret]].
7th Sep '13 8:39:24 PM Arha
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Trope has been renamed.
* HollywoodAtheist: Apparently the case of Dr. Matheson, complete with a DeadLittleSister.
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* HollywoodAtheist: Apparently the case of Dr. Matheson, complete with a DeadLittleSister.[[CynicismCatalyst dead little sister]].
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