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
Great movie and actors. Plot seems realistic and because of that you have doubts on what is actually happening on the screen until the end. It is not typical cheaply made paranormal movie with artificially looking special effects and same old plot. It is rather unusual philosophical and thought-provoking film.
A little long at just under 2 hours, and loses a major cast member at just about the mid-point, but this wasn't a bad movie. Some really creepy instances, if that's what you want, but not a horror movie. Suspense, maybe. Having read some other reviews here, I don't take issue with their points. But I was only looking to be entertained, not enthralled, even by Weaver and Deniro. I don't regret it, but I wouldn't get it again.
The only good thing about this movie is the story concept. The character of Sigourney Weaver had potential but, was a waste as she was killed off. Then there was no one left to take up the slack. De Niro seemed bored. Murphy was trying to find his way thru the muddled up mess. Very disappointing.
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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.