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A movie with great potential let down by an underwhelming ending,
This review is from: Red Lights [Blu-ray] (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.