Mirrors

While it doesn’t quite do for mirrors what Jaws did for the water, Mirrors might have some effect on you the next time you use the bathroom.

A retired cop named Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) discovers that mirrors are steadily killing people and gaining their souls. That’s pretty much it. Yep, it’s that simple. Nothing complicated, nothing to think about, just enjoy the time spent watching mirrors inflict physical and mental pain.

It’s a movie with a whole lot of unintentional laughter, a silly premise, and features Kiefer Sutherland walking around aimlessly sporting a flashlight most of the time. However, if your similar to the crowd I was with, you’ll jump, you’ll laugh, you’ll scream, and you’ll walk away more satisfied with it than most recent Asian horror remakes. I personally wasn’t scared, but it does have a few moments worthy of a look and the majority of the audience seemed frightened.

Kiefer Sutherland doesn’t do quite as well as I thought he would, but was still sufficiently engaging throughout. Director Alexandre Aja never tops High Tension, but creates a much more pleasant and entertaining film than The Hills Have Eyes and P2. If you enjoy Alexander Aja and are familiar with his work, you might be a little disappointed in the fact that it seems like he holds back on the gore with the exception of one jaw-dropping scene involving Amy Smart. This hideous scene is the moment everyone will be talking about.

The camera work was stylish, other than the sketchy end sequence involving a battle with the captured soul of a nun, and the majority of the time I enjoyed myself. Mirrors just might be the most entertaining Asian horror film I have seen, topping The Grudge and The Ring by a hefty margin. Never once does that familiar long, dark-haired Asian lady show up. I am sure everyone has had their fair share of her, who is used in just about every Asian horror movie.

Take your date to this one. A couple of flashy images, a few around-the-corner jumps, a sexy-looking Paula Patton, and a nifty twist ending won me over. But keep in mind, waiting for DVD would probably be the sufficient thing to do. 3/5 stars

2 thoughts on “Mirrors”

  1. When i saw the trailer i thought it looked ok, then i went to the theater and i thought it was dumb. Kiefer Sutherland Plays Ben Carson, a former police officer but after an accident was put on a night watch over an abandoned building when he starts to notice the mirrors are messin with him. If you’re a fan of gore then this is a good movie, the beautiful Paula Patton plays ben’s wife whom he is seperated from in the beginning thinks he’s crazy, but then starts to relize the mirrors playing with her and her kids, the scene with Amy Smart almost had me covering my eyes, worth while movie, good horror film, 2 out of 5 stars from me.

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