Friday, January 25, 2013

Mirrors (2008)

The night watchman for an abandoned department store begins to question his sanity when he begins experiencing horrific images from within the store mirrors. As the visions transform into a terrifying reality, Ben must unravel the mystery behind the store's sordid past or face the wrath of the restless spirits within. Alexandre Aja's third foray into feature-length Horror is a considerable let down after the smash hits HIGH TENSION and THE HILLS HAVE EYES remake. MIRRORS never presents a consistent canon when it comes to the extent of the spirits' powers. First, it seems that they have the power to posses a person after looking in the mirror, then it seems they can steal the person's identity, entirely. The spirits are able to jump from the haunted location in to any other building with no established rule set, either, and their complete ability to interact with our world is dubious at best. It all seems so convenient and contrived that it becomes impossible to suspend disbelief. Kiefer Sutherland is outrageously over-the-top and can't be taken seriously in the role. Where the mirror motif offered Aja the potential to provide supreme tension and eerie atmosphere, he squanders every opportunity to unnerve the audience by using cheap shocks and excessive gore instead of a creating a slow suspense and creepy mood. The passive observer may take some pleasure in a few unexpected jumps, but it is difficult to ignore the logical inconsistencies and poor plotting.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like MIRRORS:
THIR13EN GHOSTS, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT.

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5 comments:

  1. I, too, will not be watching this one again, but I was intrigued by the bathtub scene! Didn't see that coming in such a mainstream horror flick.

    I knew this one was doomed when I saw it had that guy from 24 (I don't watch the show).

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  2. I swear I heard great things about the flick, but I was utterly underwhelmed. I'll track down each and every reviewer that pointed me to see it and do absolutely nothing in spiteful revenge!!1

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  3. Guilty pleasure. I know I should hate it and think it's ridiculous, but... well, um... Kiefer Sutherland, you know. And the jaw rip death still freaks me out.

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  4. I'm interested in seeing the original, the gore here was great but changed the mood of the film entirely. The only thing that bothers me about the jaw ripping scene is how obvious the appliance is, but fuck if it isnt disgusting as hell lol..

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