Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant, Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), are experts at the paranormal studies and find the fraud in psychics claiming to have supernatural powers. The duo have proven all of the cases to be false until Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a famous psychic who comes out of retirement, wants to publicly prove his mystical powers. Determined to out Simon as a fraud, Margaret and Tom find difficulty in their mission when they cannot find any proof. Does Simon really have supernatural powers? Is Cillian in danger for investigating Simon?
I enjoyed this film. I liked the concept of the film explaining the process of faux psychics and their believable practices that millions of people fall for. I believe Cillian played a great role as an obsessed yet determined guy who wanted more than anything to figure out Simon’s tricks, even if he were to go temporarily insane. Sigourney, as ever, was amazing. I love her in films. She has a certain atmosphere that she brings to the film without trying. Robert played an okay role. He did what he could with the character but I just wasn’t that into it. Maybe he has tainted me with his non-essential roles in the Meet the Parent trilogy. Elizabeth Olsen plays Sally Owen, a student in one of Professor Margaret’s class. She also helps Tom with the investigation of Simon Silver. I believe that her role was not a necessity; that the movie would have progressed fine on its own without her. She was more of a distraction from the plot because I kept questioning why do they keep showing her out of the blue. Her character didn’t bring in any new information-except one-to the story. This film does have closing at the end, which had me thinking it through, rationally. All in all, I would see this film again.
Rating: 3.5 stars