Think of the countless number of times in horror movies where there was a jump scare involving something suddenly appearing in a mirror as a person looks into it. Ninety percent of the time, these scenes are lame, right? Now imagine an entire movie based around that happening over and over. It's really not much of a surprise that this is so crappy now, is it?
Even once you're past the dead-on-arrival premise, Mirrors has plenty more problems. Kiefer Sutherland is completely wrong for his role. Completely. He just swears awkwardly and slips into Jack Bauer mode at the most awkward times. To be fair, it would be hard for any actor to make much out of the part with a script this bad. Gems like "You gotta be careful of the water, it creates reflections!", actually made me laugh out loud. It's impressive that the cast could say lines like that with a straight face. Add all that to the fact that it moves from one cliche to the next and there are no scares to be found. Mirrors is just an absurd, disposable horror movie with a bad ending. Don't bother with it. Watch The Broken instead - it deals with a similar concept, but executes it much better.
The film stars Keifer Sutherland as an out of work cop because of a boo-boo that ends up being a security guard at a burned out hotel in NYC. Why in the hell they would need security at a pile of garbage I do not know, but he does and while working the night shift notices that the mirrors in the place are screwing around with him, leading to every mirror on the planet being an enemy to himself and his family. To save them he must find the old woman who seems to hold the key to this whole mess.
Like I said, the film had a great start and was becoming a first class thriller. Then they kill someone for no apparent reason. Then they make the film so cliched that it's pathetic, ending with crap that tries to be a twist, but fails because we saw it coming a mile away. Mirrors is a real crapfest that leaves you stumbling from its mid point to the end. A thrown together piece of trash..
Another remake of an Asian horror film, this time from Korea (The original is called Into the Mirrors and is different enough not to warrant too close a comparison). Directed by the man responsible for the French High Tension and the remake of the Hills Have Eyes( for the record, I didn't like either film) this is an occasionally creepy little film that works better in theory then in actuality. For me the problem come down to that the film isn't internally consistent with its logic (A logic that works better in the original). For example How can the evil move from mirror to mirror when it seems tied to the mirrors at the department store? There are other burps of logic that had me asking why instead of getting creeped out by what should be a terrifying story. Don't get me wrong there are things in this film that work and there is a certain amount of tension created with the idea of this mirror world, but at the same time some of it just doesn't work, or at least work in the framework we're presented with. For me this is more of the same from the director who's previous films sort of worked and sort of didn't, his High Tension's final twist is a complete destruction of internal logic in order to have a "cool twist". His films are worth watching but not at what it costs to go to the movies these days.
To sum up, its worth a look as long as its cheaper than ten bucks a head you will pay at the theater
the storyline was ok but this movie reminded me of Broken with the people in the mirrors killing the person they look like but admittedly this was better and it has a real god ending that i thought was brilliant! Well worth a watch i guess.