Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Alexandre Aja
Since Ben has been through some trauma he's taking strong medication to help him get over a drink problem. But as he patrols the store at night, his way lit with just a torch, things start to freak him out. He begins to notice oddities about the mirrors there, and he experiences some strange things. But is it real, or is it just his imagination?
However Ben's job follows him home, and soon it's not only the mirrors in the Mayflower but every mirror that seems to pose a danger. He tries to investigate when he finds out what happened to Gary Lewis (Josh Cole), the security guard Ben replaced. But people around him think he's insane, especially Amy (Paula Patton), Ben's estranged wife. So he has to struggle to convince them he's not mad, and to protect them from whatever evil lurks inside the mirrors, before it's too late.
Mirrors is certainly tense and atmospheric, using just enough restraint to allow the really gory scenes to catch you by surprise. Ben is a likeable character, in spite of his jumpiness and erratic temper. His family are believable, so when they're in danger we care what happens to them. This is a tightly-plotted story, and fear is one emotion that's particularly well done.
The ending, however, is a little lacking in depth. Whilst the effects are okay, and there's a good twist at the very end, it's too patchy when it comes to the questions of what the story is really all about, and why it happens. It's not the kind of film that stands as a metaphor for something else, nor is it emphasising a moral tale of some kind. You're not left with the feeling that the scriptwriters were trying to say anything in particular, at least not anything too profound. So although Mirrors is dark and very intense while it lasts, it has a frivolous heart of pure popcorn.
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