(out of 5)
Psychics, mediums and telekinetics abound everywhere, and Sigourney Weaver is determined to take them all down. She is excellent as a forthright and skeptical researcher who travels the world with her assistant (Cillian Murphy), debunking the pseudoscience that seems to draw people in so easily in such great numbers. When a world-famous magic man (Robert De Niro) announces that he is coming out of retirement for a huge tour, Murphy feels that they go after him, but Weaver declines: De Niro is wealthy and powerful and his resistance to being revealed could be dangerous for them. Murphy insists, however, and the consequences are dire. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as a student who is looking to get into the same line of work in a captivating and highly enjoyable thriller whose characters make it leap off the screen. It’s wonderful to see the subject matter being treated like the hokum that is (Weaver carefully explaining the tricks involved in fooling people’s perceptions are the film’s best scenes), even if it does take a turn towards silliness in its conclusion. Then again, movies are by their very nature a tonic against skepticism, and are always devoted to making hopeless believers of us all. At least it is emotionally satisfying, plus features terrific performances and some wonderful cinematography.
Millennium Films, Cindy Cowan Entertainment, Nostromo Pictures, Antena 3 Films, Televisio de Catalunya, Instituto de la Cinematografia y de las ARtes Audiovisuales, Generalitat de Catalunya-Institute Catala de les Industries Culturals, La Sexta, Canal+ Espana
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes
Screenplay by Rodrigo Cortes
Cinematography by Xavi Gimenez