MOVIE REVIEWS

Mirrors

ADD TO MY FAVORITES

Share your thoughts. We appreciate it!

By John Chard January 28, 2017

The mirrors. They're so clean.

Mirrors is the American remake of a little known Korean film called Into the Mirror. The plot has Kiefer Sutherland as a recovering alcoholic cop, who whilst on suspension is taken to working as a security guard at a large burnt out department store and starts to see terrifying images in the many mirrors about the place...

You would think that Mirrors was a flop. The critics hated it and the horror hordes were very much divided on it, the latter of which is to be fair the norm for any big horror movie release. Yet it didn't flop, it did very well at the box offices of the world and has a decent 6.2 average on IMDb, which for a divisive horror film is well above average.

Mirrors overstays its welcome, there really was no need for it to run to just under two hours in length. While elsewhere there's some pretty poor dialogue, parts of the screenplay are pointlessly soap opera in nature, while some thinking will make you scratch your head in bewilderment at events outside of the brilliantly monolithic department store.

However, does Mirrors create a genuinely spooky atmosphere (the interiors of the store are creep fest nirvana), insert some shock moments to jolt you out your seat? Is it visually stylish, with sound work to match? And does Sutherland (and to a degree Paula Patton as his wife) overcome the trite parts of the script and give effective and committed performances? The answer to those questions is yes.

Does the ending cop out in any way? Insult the audience? No! It doesn't do that either.

It has flaws, but they are not insurmountable for the horror fan who's just looking for some good scares, atmospheric dread and some stylish touches from the director (Alexandre Aja). If you haven't seen it then give it a try, judge for yourself, you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find. 7.5/10

Mudbound – A Powerful But Uneven Historical Drama

Mudbound – A Powerful But Uneven Historical Drama

November 23, 2017

Netflix is becoming a force to be reckoned with for their original films with...

Roman J. Israel, Esq. – A Great Character Elevating An Inferior Story

Roman J. Israel, Esq. – A Great Character Elevating An Inferior Story

November 23, 2017

Roman J. Israel, Esq. premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Fes...

Coco – A Deeply Emotional Family Story

Coco – A Deeply Emotional Family Story

November 23, 2017

Any Pixar film automatically comes with a lot of hype and it is warranted as ...

'Coco' - New Disney animated film brings the underworld to life with vibrant color, choice tunes

'Coco' - New Disney animated film brings the underworld to life with vibrant color, choice tunes

November 22, 2017

Disney's new animated film 'Coco' conjures a colorful spirit world, full of m...

THE STAR (2017) REVIEW

THE STAR (2017) REVIEW

November 21, 2017

THE OTHER SIDE TO THE NATIVITY STORY

JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) REVIEW

JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) REVIEW

November 19, 2017

ALL IN OR NOT?

Justice League – An Overstuffed Superhero Team-Up Film

Justice League – An Overstuffed Superhero Team-Up Film

November 18, 2017

The team is now together but will it do these character justice? Early recept...

Justice League Movie Review

Justice League Movie Review

November 18, 2017

Warner Bros./DC Comics seem to finally be heading the right direction with t...