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Rodrigo Cortés (2012)

109min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Robert De Niro is the headline act in this murky thriller, playing a blind man who says he can see dead people. But writer/director Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) keeps him largely in the background, and also squanders the talents of the other leads. Cillian Murphy has little to work with as a paranormal investigator and avowed sceptic whose mentor is Sigourney Weaver's professor. Murphy sets out to debunk De Niro's supernatural claims against the wishes of Weaver, a formidable character who is nonetheless reduced to a trembling wreck at the mere mention of the psychic's name. This mysterious reaction draws us into the story but, unfortunately, the more Murphy digs, the deeper we get into a hole where nothing makes sense. Cortes holds back information for a last-minute twist and uses cheap magic tricks to distract from the wobbly structure. There's very little in the way of suspense, and so the preposterous climax falls utterly flat.

Summary

A famous blind psychic returns to the public arena 30 years after his career ended in scandal and a suspicious death. A paranormal investigator ignores his mentor's warnings and tries to expose the spiritualist as a fraud, a task that sets him on a dangerous path. Thriller, starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro.

Cast & Crew

Tom Buckley Cillian Murphy
Margaret Matheson Sigourney Weaver
Simon Silver Robert De Niro
Shackleton Toby Jones
Monica Handsen Joely Richardson
Sally Owen Elizabeth Olsen
Palladino Leonardo Sbaraglia
Ben Craig Roberts
Dana Karen Shenaz David
Young Simon Silver Eugenio Mira
Director Rodrigo Cortés
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jun 2012
Drama