The Spanish writer-director Cortés's last film was the brilliantly sustained Buried, a claustrophobic thriller set entirely in a wooden box several feet underground in the Iraqi desert, occupied by an American truck driver kidnapped by terrorists. His new movie covers more familiar ground, being about a pair of sceptical academic scientists (Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy) dedicated for different reasons to exposing fraudulent paranormal activities, while a professional rival (Toby Jones) gets larger grants to investigate ESP at the same university. Their chief target is a celebrated blind psychic (Robert De Niro), who bends forks and claims to cure diseases. After an extremely interesting first hour demonstrating their investigative methods, the movie flags rather badly. The climax is preceded by one of the most absurdly violent fights of recent years staged in a lavatory where the combatants inflict terrible injuries on basins and toilets.