Mirrors (2008) is a supernatural mystery horror movie that was first titled Into the Mirror (2008). Director and screenplay writer Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes (2006), High Tension (2003), P2 (2007)) did a fantastic job executing this thriller horror movie. Alexandre Aja is a great director that knows how to add the right amount of jump scares, suspense, thrills, and knows how to direct his cast members to make an eerie, frightening movie. I did not think much of this movie upon seeing the trailer and thought it was going to be another average horror movie about the same old screenplays that have been so many times. The screenplay resembles other movies but differs in many ways, and I was wrong, the movie was entertaining and scary.
Mirrors begins by introducing us to what Mirrors is really about by showing us a security guard entering a room in a subway station that he cannot escape. The guard begs his reflection in the mirror to save his life and then we see his reflection cutting its throat with a mirror shard which resulted in the actual guard dying. Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland - The Lost Boys (1987), 24 (2001), Phone Booth (2002)) is a suspended police detective. Ben is working his first day as a night security guard at a luxury department that has numerous mirrors. Ben encountered a lot of events with the mirror during his first night and thought of it as himself hallucinating. Ben stumbles upon the previous night guard Gary Lewis’ (Josh Cole - The Beach (2000), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Descent: Part 2 (2009)) photo. Ben then realizes that the mirror makes people do dangerous and bizarre things to themselves. Ben’s sister, Angela (Amy Smart - The Butterfly Effect (2004), Crank (2006), Road Trip (2000), Crank: High Voltage (2009)) is soon killed by the mirror. The mirror pulled out Angie’s jaw slowly causing her to bleed to death. Ben means business now as he is upset and demands the mirror in the department store to tell him what it wants. The indestructible mirror replied by spelling "ESSEKER" with cracks it caused upon itself.
The movie was captivating from the start but got my undivided attention after Ben discovered that the department store was built on the same land that a psychiatric hospital was. St. Matthew’s Hospital conducted many painful tests and had a mass suicide where twelve-year-old Anna Esseker died while being a patient of the psychiatric hospital. Ben believes that Anna is still alive after reading a form that negated her Death Certificate. The form states that Anna was discharged two days prior from the hospital before the mass suicide. It did not take long for Ben to cover all the mirrors in his home with green paint after his wife told him of strange occurrences with the mirror and his son. Ben finally finds Anna; she was once possessed by a demon that is now captured in the mirror. The demon takes lives, and if she returns to see a mirror, the demon will be released to the outside world where it will wreak havoc on the humans.
All horror fans that loves a good scare that might make you jump a few times should watch this movie. Mirrors are tricky and rarely tells the truth! I felt the movie fell short when it tried to explain the tragic event in the second part of the film. It would have been nice to leave it alone instead of doing an awful job explaining the event. Sometimes the less the viewers know about an event makes it creepier because every viewer will have a different input on why things happen. The sub-plot about the mental institution experiments strays away a little and make the viewers expect what is about to come, less suspense.
About Mirrors 2008
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Flemyng, Bart Sidles, Amy Smart, Ioana Abur, Julian Glover, John Shrapnel, Tim Ahern, Mary Beth Peil, George Dumitrescu, Ezra Buzzington, Roz McCutcheon, Cameron Boyce, Josh Cole, Erica Gluck, Aida Doina, Darren Kent, Adina Rapiteanu, William Meredith, Cai Man, Jingdong Qin, Anca Damacus, Tudor Stroescu, Liliana Donici, Aurelia Radulescu, Irina Saulescu, Valeriu Pavel, Daniel Smith Coleman, Paula Patton, Peter Sebastian Wrobell
Director: Alexandre Aja