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  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson
  • Directors: Rodrigo Cortés
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CMEVOE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her young assistant, Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origin.

Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge for both orthodox science and professional skeptics.

Tom quickly begins to develop an obsession with Silver, whose magnetism becomes stronger with each new manifestation of inexplicable events. As Tom gets closer to Silver, tension mounts, and his worldview is threatened to its core.

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Call them professional skeptics: well-known academic ghostbuster Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her very focused assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) travel around to alleged instances of paranormal activity, the better to debunk such hugger-mugger. A rather large challenge arrives in the form of a long-retired psychic, one Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a legendary (and quite blind) reader of minds and bender of spoons. This showdown between the forces of rationality and the specter of X-Files-level phenomena gets off to a promising start, as writer-director Rodrigo Cortés stages a few nifty sequences of the debunkers at work. Also nice to see the perpetually haunted Murphy in a lead role, and Weaver's pretty commanding without doing anything fussy. It's therefore a shame that logic flies out the window at a certain point in the storyline (this is a movie with far too many "In that case, why didn't they just do this…" moments), and that the overall approach becomes pointlessly frantic. Cortés did rather nicely with the restrictions of his 2010 feature Buried, which was set entirely in a coffin, but the larger playing field seems to be a greater challenge--and the ending seems a little overdesigned to foment a thousand online arguments. Final sin: wasting Elizabeth Olsen in a completely decorative role. --Robert Horton

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. Freeman on 5 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This movie both pleasantly surprised me and greatly disappointed me. Going in I wasn't expecting much due to the small amount of publicity for the film but held hope because of the cast (Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Toby Jones; to name just a few).

The direction throughout the film is brilliant and the acting is near-perfect - as to be expected from such great actors. The actual storyline of the movie is where there is unfortunately less consistency.

The first two thirds are very, very good and build tension excellently. Few films have such an excellent platform to build from for the third act. Unfortunately, though, the third act is very important in itself - and with this movie it disappointed greatly. In this review I'll refer to the point where I feel the movie suddenly tails away as 'the toilet bit' (not a spoiler for anybody who hasn't seen it and at the same time if you have seen it you'll know what I mean). From that point on the movie just gets worse and worse until eventually (and very unfortunately) the lowest point of the movie which is the ending. It was one of those endings where you think "Wait, is this thing finishing now? Really?" Which is a real shame - because it really was very good for well over an hour.

I would (albeit after some long thought) recommend this movie; the first two thirds are almost a masterclass in building up tension in a thriller. The ending is a huge let-down (for me at least, and I know that some others feel the same) but it's one of those cases where the ending could never have been such a let-down if it wasn't for the beginning and middle being so good and raising expectations so much in the first place.

I guess the best way to sum this movie up in one sentence is that it has the first two thirds of a very good movie and the ending of an average movie - I've seen many movies with much worse endings but few with endings so much worse than the rest of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 11 July 2014
Format: DVD
I watched this via Netflix due mostly to the cast list which is fairly solid by any film fan's reckoning.
The story also looked quite interesting too, but sadly for me I found the film lacking, and whilst not awful it really never hits anywhere near as hard as it could have.

Plot wise Sigourney Weaver plays Margaret Matheson an academic who specialises in paranormal investigations, and being specific here one who tries to disprove their existence via scientific methods. She is joined by her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) and their attention soon turns to a previously popular in years past..comeback "psychic" Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)

Silver is increasing his public appearances and the two investigators are determined to uncover him as a fraud.
On paper this sounds quite interesting, and few could argue with the cast members (all solid and respected actors capable of delivering good performances) where things go wrong here..well on a few areas.

Most of the film is quite predictable bar the ending which I found to be quite weak and lacking impact (though I agree some will find it unexpected) Script wise it's a fairly pedestrian affair and you never really feel connected to any of the main characters, which is a huge problem for any film. Moreover I think the film lacks pace and isn't as cleverly executed as it could have been, one scene plays into the next without any surprises. When the ending does come I wondered if it had been worth the time spent watching it, a lot of build up and an ending which just didn't hit me at all. You might find a second or third viewing improves matters, but I had trouble sitting through it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 May 2013
Format: DVD
The film starts out as a barn burner with Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Dr. Tom Buckly going around the Chicago area debunking paranormal claims. It was interesting as well as building character. Dr. Tom Buckly invites a young student (Elizabeth Olsen) and romance interest into the investigating team.

As the film progresses a man named Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) a blind psychic...a Kreskin on steroids, comes out of a 30 year retirement to put on a show. Buckly wants to expose Silver, but Matheson does not. She had confronted Silver before and didn't come out at the winning end. Matheson believes he is a fraud, but at the same time knows he is clever enough to deceive her. She wants no part of it.

The story then centers around what turns out to be a weird confrontation between Buckly and Silver with an ending that I thought brought the movie down.

Good acting with character build up. A movie that goes at a good pace and holds your interest.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, no sex or nudity. If you like skeptic psychic investigators try "1408," "The Awakening," or "Apartment 143."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
This was a difficult film for me to get into. I found the first third a little boring, the second third much more interesting and the final third unbelievable and disappointing.

Sigourney Weaver plays, Margaret Matheson, a professor of Science who exposes psychic frauds. With her experience she is able to meet these psychics and debunk them with one meeting. All except one psychic, Simon Silver played by Robert DeNiro. Her younger colleague, Tim Buckley, played by the magnetic Cilian Murphy is an admirer if her intellect and her authority. Margaret has had one devastating experience with Silver, and she will not meet with him again. Buckley is adamant that they must meet, he must debunk Silver's claims. The rest of the film is spent looking atSilver and trying to discover his weakness.

What I could never really ne'er stand was what greatness Silver had. There was not enough of his appearances and the investigation into his claims. Murphy, as magnificent as his performance is, was not able to convince me of his abilities. The acting was superb, but too understated for this kind of film. DeNiro seemed to be a strange actor for this film, although he did hold his own. Weaver and Murphy gave powerful performances, and they were the ones who interested me the most.

This is a film that could have been great, except for the missing ingredient, whatever it was. I will, however, look askance at all psychics from this time on.

Recommended. prisrob 08-04-13
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