Mirrors: Movie Review
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart
Director: Alexandre Aja
Remakes of Korean horrors are all the rage these days. (Think the Ring, Dark
Water, The Eye)
So it'll be no surprise to you to learn that the latest horror flick starring
Kiefer "Jack Bauer" Sutherland is a remake of a 2003 South Korean horror Geoul
Sutherland plays Ben Carlson, a cop retired from the force after an incident
which led to the shooting of a fellow officer.
Estranged from his wife and son after a mini breakdown, he is now a night
time security guard and starts work at a burnt out department store, which is
ostensibly gutted - aside from mirrors all around the building.
On his first night there, Carlson suffers hallucinations - he also learns
from his boss how the previous security guard died but had been obsessed with
As Carlson continues to tread his night time beat, the visions intensify and
things get worse when he receives a package from the previous security guard who
has been dead for a while&
And the situation gets even more terrifying as it becomes more obvious that
Carlson's family is under threat from a mysterious and horrifying presence.
Mirrors is a pretty solid shocker - the idea there is a
creature in the mirror which is your reflection and can motivate you to harming
yourself isn't anything new - but is well visualised thanks to some impressive
There are some real jump in your seat moments (director Aja who helmed the
remake of The Hills Have Eyes) and some scenes will disturb you for a while to
come -the demise of Carlson's sister (played by Amy Smart) will put many off
bath tubs for a while.
Kiefer Sutherland is good too- whether it's because I've become used to him
as save-the-day-at-whatever-cost Jack Bauer, seeing him play a man on the edge
or falling apart because of internal (and external) demons is nothing new - but
he brings his usual intensity to the film which could have been unoriginal.
The only time the film falls apart is with its confrontation with the demon
at the end which sees it degenerate into Resident Evil territory in the sewers;
but the ending of the film redeemed it in my eyes.
The real question is why this wasn't released on Halloween over here - with
some smart chills and genuine edge of the seat moments, it would have been
infinitely better to watch rather than endure 90 minutes with yet another of the