Supernatural thriller films are made to bend our minds and take us to a an eerie place. Well, the movie “Mirrors”, released in 2008, does just that. Kiefer Sutherland stars in this film, playing the role of a security guard who used to be a police officer. His newest job seems normal at first, patrolling the inside of a an old department store that had suffered massive damage due to a fire. Ben (Kiefer Sutherland) is ashamed to have recently lost his job as a police officer and feeling a small bit of depression, is not the happiest camper about being reduced to a night watchmen. The large amount of huge mirrors inside the store immediately catch the viewer’s eyes when Ben is given the first tour of his new job site. The first thought is how after the entire place had been burnt, basically destroyed, is to how exactly the mirrors remained undamaged. Ben thought nothing of it at first except his disgrace of having to do this job in the first place. However, Ben does comment on the mirrors and his new employer tells him he is replacing a man who basically lived to clean those mirrors. Strange at it sounded, Ben does his job, patrolling the store and watching out for homeless or thieves trying to loot the place.
The setting, the burnt down store, was a perfect place to shoot the film. The props and effects used inside the store added a “creepy” factor to the film even before it was known that the mirrors were evil, in a sense. Erie occurrences begin happening inside the store involving the mirrors. As Ben begins to investigate further into these occurrences, his family, especially his wife, begin to think that he has developed some type of mental problem due to his recent loss of his career as a police officer. His sister, played by Amy Smart, is the first of his known family to fall victim to the evil of the mirrors. After mourning and trying to find a cause to her strange death, Ben begins to fear for the rest of his families safety. Sutherland’s acting performance was stunning, playing the role of “family man”, “detective” and “supernatural investigator” proved his acting ability can withstand many angles and elements necessary for this particular film.
The scenes involving the mirrors, in which deaths are seen have a large factor of “gore” involved in them, so this film will not be for you if you are squeamish. There is a lot of blood, especially when his sister is killed, probably one of the scariest deaths not caused by an actual person that I have seen in a film for a long time. Ben begins to learn that not only are the mirrors inside the old department store are dangerous but that whatever is trying to get to him, is able to do so through any mirror, anywhere. His investigation leads him to the discovery of the department store being a psychiatric hospital where many died. I do not want to spoil anything else about the actual film but I will go on by saying that the root of the “evil” inside the mirrors is truly out of this world. Many of the scenes after the fact, depict very horrifying elements.
Not only is the plot of the movie interesting enough in itself, but the scenes depicting the plot proved to be spine-chilling. “Mirrors” gives a sense of supernatural terror and will make you think twice about looking in the mirror when you return home. This movie, for me, was one of those films that caused the hairs to stand up. It offers many twists and turns. Just when you think you figure it out, another curve ball is coming your way. If asked to give one word describing the film, I would have to go with down right frightening.
Overall, the movie “Mirrors” contains good acting, a great plot, intense gore, unexpected twists, eerie settings and great suspense. I enjoyed the movie because it was truly one of those movies that keep you on edge and eager to learn what will happen next. If your into Supernatural thrillers, this one is the cat’s meow!