September 24, 2008

Solo Review: Mirrors (2008)

Sub-Genre- Supernatural
Cast Members of Note- Kiefer Sutherland, and the uber-yummy Amy Smart.

Jack Bauer has been suspended from duty and is forced to take a night job at an old, burned-out Department Store that used to be an Insane Asylum... deep breath... and his wife doesn't want him around because he drinks a lot, so luckily his hot-ass sister takes him in, and we get to see her strip down and take a bath later on in the movie... Whew, long sentence.

Yeah, go see what that noise was, dumb ass.
Jack begins to see and hear odd things as he patrols the creepy old abandoned Department Store/Asylum; mainly involving mirrors, because they're trying to kill him. The mirrors also send him messages (which he doesn't understand), right before people around him start dying. The mirrors kill them out of spite basically, because, get your shit together, Jack Bauer!

Not that wide honey... seriously, stop!
As the mystery deepens, so does the level of creepiness that Agent 24 must deal with. I don't want to say too much more here, since the movie is still relatively new and I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but suffice it to say that Demons are creepy. And mirrors. Also, You'd think that a world-class spy could handle guarding an abandoned building without everyone around him dying, but no!

Yes, it is your fault, Jack.
I was waiting for Mirrors to be the movie that came out of left field and blew me away, but it never quite reached that point. Don't get me wrong, it was good, and some of it was great, but it was another case of a foreign director who made an amazing film (Haute Tension) in his home country (France), coming to America and making just another Hollywood Horror flick.

I did love how this movie lulled me during it's first half, then became exactly the kind of movie I like in it's second. It's almost as if Alexander Aja combined elements of The Ring and [Rec], and shook them all together, making for a climax that I thought was pretty satisfying. Demonic Possession is always fun.

Look at all of that fun!
I think I'm scared of mirrors now.

Do any Horror movies these days have happy endings? Jeesh.

No happy.
A nice opening throat slash, a wicked bathtub scene, and plenty of other disturbing images of violence. There's also some decomposition and a possession that gets rather messy. This is not Alexander Aja''s bloodiest effort, but he still brings the red stuff.

The not-sexy-at-all batch scene.
Amy Smart Naked Alert!!! You only see a side view, but it was still neat.

Also, this happened, and it was good.
"Don't be scared, mommy. He just wants to come play with us."

Mirrors are evil. Also, Dodge Avengers are bad-ass cars.

Why are you stabbing a mirror?
While I wish Mirrors would have pushed the envelope a bit more in some areas, the overall experience was satisfying and fun. Rent it for sure when it hits DVD, because it's a pretty cool flick.


Mirrors is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.

Who doesn't love Amy Smart? You know?

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