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Horror film by Alexandre Aja (remake of a Korean Horror film)

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  • Jul 5, 2010
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MIRRORS

I would not say that this is the best horror movie I have ever seen or that this is one of the best horror movies to come out nowadays, but I will say that it is one of the best to be released theatrically these days. I have read a lot of things about this movie ranging from classic to horrible and I have to say that I find this film to be some where in the middle. This was in no part a bad movie in fact it is a really fun watch for those who like these type of films, there are some genuine scares to be had, some good creepy scenes. Plus Kiefer Sutherland and Alexandre Aja together should make for a good movie right?

Ben Carson [Sutherland] is a cop who is loosing his grip on life and at the same time loosing his family because of an unfortunate event in which some one was killed. He is living with his sister played wonderfully by Amy Smart [glad to see her again], and is taking a new job as a security guard at an old department store. Everything seems fine at first but little by little something is stirring and trying to tell Ben something, but what could it be and what could it want? It turns out that there is something in the mirrors and it wants Ben to find some one for him and if he doesn't his family is at stake. So the race is one between man and demon [yes that is what it is, sorry for the spoiler] one out to kill and one out to stop it.

I have to say that I really was not disappointed with this movie after reading a couple other reviews [WP] that let me know ahead of time to lower expectations. Of course since Aja directed this there will be high [as in tension] expectations for the film regardless for any one who follows the horror genre. I have to say that while it is not as good as his past efforts it is still a really well put together film with great direction and deserves a fair shot. Still though his screenplay with Grégory Levasseur based on Sung-ho Kim's film "Into the Mirror" is a little weak as far as dialogue goes, the story is there but the right words are not. It seems that the characters are kinda flat and missing something that makes them three dimensional. Still the tense moments do exist within this movie and are really well done and the film is shot perfectly as well. Another thing the film has going for it is the special effects, I have to say that the CGI is masterful and obviously the effects with the mirrors are great.

As far as the acting goes producer/star Kiefer Sutherland returns to a genre that he was once a mainstay in some what. And while he once stole the show in things like "The Lost Boys" he is some what restrained in this one maybe that was the character though. Still I feel like something is missing in his performance particularly in the first third of the film. Still when the movie gets going so does Sutherland and that should be giving to his credit; he does do a good job with the film. Amy Smart does a great job as his sister and I have to say that her death scene is amazing, really one of the best things I have seen in a while. Paula Patton plays his wife who wants to help him but is still a little afraid of him does a good job in her role as well, as does Cameron Boyce and Erica Gluck who play the kids. And of course the person who is really the most important is Mary Beth Peil who plays..........well you will see does a great job and may steal the show as far as performance goes.

I must admit that I thought this movie would give me a little more but it fell a little short, still it is an enjoyable movie that at least should be on your rental list. Some of you will probably enjoy it enough to buy it, I did. I recommend the movie to any one reading this but go in knowing that this is not a classic horror movie but much more so just a good time at the movies.

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July 13, 2010
Life is too short for me to waste my time seeing movies that I have to lower my expectations in order to enjoy them. These guys need to up their game, I shouldn't be required to lower mine all the time. (snarl)
July 15, 2010
Totally agree
 
July 05, 2010
This wasn't as bad as I feared but for some reason I keep on seeing Jack Bauer fighting ghosts! LOL! nice review!
July 08, 2010
Yeah man felt the same way a little, good call.
 
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review by . February 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*1/2 out of ****          After hearing of how horrible Alexandre Aja's "Mirrors" apparently was, I just had to see the thing for myself. I mean, what can I say? Mirror demons who feed on your life as you know it….well, that's just an awesome concept right there. But it's the execution that matters, and Alexandre Aja worried me with that. And in the end, my worries were reality. Aja essentially DID ruin an awesome concept by making a never-boring yet poorly …
review by . July 12, 2010
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review by . January 14, 2009
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Produced by Korean filmmaker Eun Young-Kim and directed by Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension), "MIRRORS" isn't exactly an official remake of the South Korean horror film "Into the Mirror" (aka. Geoul Sakeuro, 2003, directed by Sung-Ho Kim) but it does have pretty strong similarities (most specially the opening credits) since it is based on the Asian horror film. The "Americanization" of Asian Horror films are usually a miss more than a hit--with Aja at the helm as director, Eastern subtlety, slow suggestive, …
review by . August 18, 2009
I actually really like horror but this is basically as unpleasant as it gets. It pulls many CGi shock effects (rather than the more classic camera moves). But fundamentally this is a dark film that strives to make the audience miserable - and succeeds. Even writing a review seems to justify this film, which I detest doing.       Apart from the fact that the plot is flimsy, the characters are 1-dimensional, and there are no redeeming elements, the antigonist is …
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Mirrors is a 2008 horror film directed by Alexandre Aja, and stars Kiefer Sutherland. The film was first titled Into the Mirror, but the name was later changed to Mirrors.[citation needed] Filming began on May 1, 2007, and it was released in American theaters on August 15, 2008.
The film was originally scripted as a remake of the 2003 South Korean horror film Into the Mirror which is rated PG. However, once Aja was brought on board and read the script, he was dissatisfied with the particulars of the original film's story. He decided to retain the original film's basic idea involving mirrors, and to incorporate a few of its scenes, but otherwise crafted a new story and script for his version of the movie.[1] Mirrors is the first Aja film to achieve an R rating without the need for scenes to be cut.
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