Buried director Rodrigo Cortes follows up his claustrophobic sophomore feature with this tale of two paranormal investigators who encounter unimaginable terror while attempting to debunk a world-renowned psychic whose powers put all others to shame. Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her partner Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) have built their careers on exposing the so-called "red lights" used by fraudulent psychics to assert their abilities. When blind mystic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) emerges from his 30-year retirement and sparks a public frenzy, Buckley sees exposing Silver as the ultimate challenge. Matheson, sensing that her ambitious colleague is about to get in over his head, strongly advises him to drop the investigation at once. But Buckley persists, and with the help of his star pupil (Elizabeth Olsen), he plots to expose Silver before the entire world. Unfortunately, Buckley has not only underestimated Silver's telepathic abilities, but his famous target's vengeful and unforgiving nature as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Its always great to watch good actors such as Weaver,Murphy and DeNiro.Their professionalism saves this movie from disaster. I had to watch several of the scenes twice to get the nuances.The revelation that occurs at the end explains much of what happened yet there is a lack of character development which renders the storyline and the manner in which the true character of the protagonist is explained a bit trite.
Wasn't terrible, wasn't great. Just another movie with banging noises and weird things happening but most of them turn out to be caused by frauds. Hard to follow whats going on at times but I liked the twist at the end. Didn't like the whispering dialog followed by blasting loud noises and music...constantly having to turn the volume up and down.
I found this movie intriguing with fine acting, and fine atmospheric effects. Some may get turned off by the major storyline twist that can be seen as "cheating" in traditional movie making. I did not. DeNiro is powerful and very convincing in his role as a world famous psychic and Sigourney Weaver is fine as usual. The only blemish I found was in the portrayal of the Cillian Murphy character, as it is written to be over the top and ultimately confusing. The movie held my interest throughout, but it does require some suspension of belief and buy in to the stylistic approach of the filmmaker.
A good movie from Cortes about two paranormal investigators and there one toughest challenge being Simon Silver (De Niro). I will say that fight scene was not the best but I thought the acting by all was great, Matheson's scenes about her son were all very believable I felt and they showed how her beliefs we're questioned. The plot may have gotten weaker during the end but even then and after the twist I still liked it.
Just another movie with banging noises and weird things happening but most of them turn out to be caused by frauds. Hard to follow whats going on at times but I liked the twist at the end. Didn't like the whispering dialog followed by blasting loud noises and music
I really wanted to like this movie. A stellar cast, creepy preview, led me to believe it was going to be a great supernatural thriller - Wow, let down. At times this was worse than a B-movie. I'll sum up with 3 cons: 1. Bad acting. Never thought I'd see great actors say lines so stupid "How'd you do that? How'd you do that? How'd you do that?". 2. Bad editing/continuity. Cillian gets his face graphically beat and bloodied in a restroom, and the next SECOND there is very little blood on his face? 3. Bad storytelling. Scenes go on pointlessly, nothing to do with the movie (a line of salt in Deniro's room?), and worse - using fakey newscasters and news broadcasts to tell key (redundant) points of the story. Awful.
Don't get too excited about this movie, folks. It has promise at the beginning but it crashes and burns, and becomes intensely annoying, before you hit the halfway mark. Cillian Murphy is particularly annoying. Funny. The movie is about a fake master of the paranormal but it's the movie itself that strikes me as a fake. Nothing works and everybody screams to try to make up for it.