Saturday, March 26, 2011

10. Mirrors

Title:        Mirrors
Year:        2008
Genre:      Supernatural Thriller
Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 110
Theatrical MPAA Rating: R-Rated

Cast: Kiefer SutherlandPaula PattonAmy Smart
Director: Alexandre Aja

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Attempting to pick up the shattered pieces of his life, a disgraced former cop (Kiefer Sutherland) takes a routine job guarding the charred ruins of a once-famous department store. But the terrifying images he sees in the stores ornate mirrors will send him on a pulse-pounding mission to unravel the secrets of the buildings past... before they destroy his entire life!

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Personal Thoughts

It's the weekend, I have the day off, and I just got finished grillin' myself some burgers. Well now my stomach's satisfied, and I'm ready to relax and start my next movie recommendation. For this post, I've decided to go with the movie Mirrors.

Mirrors (directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Kiefer Sutherland) is a 2008 supernatural thriller based on the 2003 South Korean film, Into the Mirror. 

"The film was originally scripted as a remake of the 2003 South Korean horror film Into the Mirror. However, once Aja was brought on board and read the script, he was dissatisfied with the particulars of the original film's story. Though he ended up retaining the original film's basic theme involving mirrors, and incorporating a few of its scenes, he otherwise chose to craft a new story and script for his version of the film." - Wikipedia

I think the whole "ghost in the mirror" concept is a rather frightening one, and judging by the amount of pressure I felt from my wife squeezing my arm while watching this movie, I think it's safe to say she agrees. Pulling from folklore, urban legend and several other ghost movies out there on the market (I noticed traces of The Ring), Mirrors feels like a compilation of many different things. It closely resembles an episode from the television series Supernatural, titled "Bloody Mary" -- (season 1 - episode 5).

"There is a great deal of folklore associated with mirrors, including the belief that the soul projects out of the body and into mirrors in the form of reflection. This belief underlies the most widely known mirror superstition; that breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. Many cultures believe that breaking a mirror also breaks the soul of the one who broke it. The soul, angered at being hurt, exacts seven years of bad luck in payment for such carelessness. The Romans attributed the bad luck to their belief that life renews itself every seven years. To break mirror meant breaking one's health, and this could not be remedied for seven years. In some cultures, breaking a mirror was thought to presage a death in the family. This association of mirrors with death is common and stems from the belief that the soul can become trapped in the mirror. For this reason, children were often not allowed to look in a mirror until they were at least one year old. Mirrors were covered during sleep and illness so that the soul, in its wanderings, would not become trapped and unable to return to the body. After a death, mirrors were also covered to prevent the soul of the newly departed from becoming caught in the mirror, delaying its journey to the afterlife" - Article taken from Supernatural Wiki. 

Some people are dealt a terrible hand in life, and Anna Esseker is definitely one of those people (you'll understand what I mean when you see this movie). As for the film itself, I personally enjoyed Mirrors (it can leave a person afraid to look in the mirror for days on end after watching it). And while it wasn't perfect (most horror movies are flawed in some way or another), it does have its share of frightening moments and disturbing images that will almost certainly please most ghost movie fanatics (and scare the socks off of the ladies). I like Kiefer Sutherland, and I thought his performance was solid in this one, and I'm also a fan of actresses Paula Patton and Amy Smart.  

** SPOILER ** 
(Amy Smart got absolutely tore up from the floor up in this one)  

The mood, setting and atmosphere is exactly what you'd expect from a modern day ghost movie ... dark, eerie, dingy, creepy ... the way I like it! The plot wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't anything most people would consider worthy of an oscar. If you like these kind of movies, then you'll probably have no problems being entertained, and staying interested. To wrap things up, Mirrors is a good scary movie for one of those lazy nights you don't feel like leaving the house ... but if you're the type of person that scares easily, then it may be in your best interest to avoid watching it alone.


What I liked: 
- The setting (rundown looking building)
- The Atmosphere
- The suspense and scary parts 
- The whole "ghost/spirit in the mirror" concept 
- Kiefer Sunderland 
- Some of the acting

What I didn't like:

- The Ending
- Parts of the plot
- Some of the acting/lines felt scripted in my opinion
- The vulgarity (quite a few F-Bombs)
My Ratings

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______________________________________________________________________  Mirrors Extras:

Mirrors (2008) Wikipedia 
Into the Mirrors (2003) Wikipedia
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