Mirrors Synopsis:An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. – IMDB
Tagline: There Is Evil……..On The Other Side
MPAA Rating: R | Release Date: 2008-8-15 | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Mirrors is an enjoyable film (and a re-watch for me), but not exactly a ‘horror’. Its more a mystery/thriller with strong paranormal elements for most of it. Kiefer Sutherland’s character is an ex-cop going through a rough time. He takes a job as security for a department store that was devastated in a massive fire. Pretty much immediately, weird things start to happen. Soon, he’s involved in something he doesn’t understand and is trying desperately to save his family.
Its well-shot, with simple special effects. While none of the acting is what I would call riveting, the cast does deliver a believable performance. The contrast in settings is interesting, as it’s much more comfortable to think that evil only happens in run down, deserted/abandoned buildings. So when the actions of the mirrors are shown outside the traditional setting, it unsettles the viewer. Makes you feel as though no place is truly safe. I have to say that the opening scene is probably one of the creepiest in the film. There’s just something about the perfectly normal reflections, and how they’re used, in the beginning that creeps you out. The other scenes I really liked were, surprisingly, not when the mirrors were enacting evil, but when the reflection was there but different. Like when the one character walks away, and the reflection just sits or stands there, looking at someone.
I had to yell at the screen a few times while watching this. The mom does some amazingly stupid things. The movie does fall back on a few dramatic cliches that don’t exactly help it out. The fight scene of the film felt unnecessary. Like the production team thought they had to add some epic showdown to make it a real movie or something. They could have skipped a good five minutes and just went with the true ending of the film. It would have been perfect.
Regardless of its flaws, Mirrors is a film worth your time to watch. It’s a lot better than half the films in the genre available now. Just don’t go into it expecting be scared out of your wits. Because that’s not going to happen.
Anyways, give it a chance if you haven’t already. Watch Mirrors now on Amazon.