1 hour, 50 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Includes both the Theatrical Version and Unrated Version of the Film; Reflections: The Making of Mirrors Shockumentary; Behind the Mirror Featurette; Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending with Optional Director's Commentary
Kiefer Sutherland ... Ben Carson
Paula Patton ... Amy Carson
Cameron Boyce ... Michael Carson
Erica Gluck ... Daisy Carson
Amy Smart ... Angela Carson
Mary Beth Peil ... Anna Esseker
John Shrapnel ... Lorenzo Sapelli
Jason Flemyng ... Larry Byrne
Tim Ahern ... Dr. Morris
Julian Glover ... Robert Esseker
Josh Cole ... Gary Lewis
Kiefer Sutherland (TV's "24") stars as Ben Carson, a former NYPD detective now on leave after an accidental shooting. His guilt and alcoholism have ruined his marriage to Amy (Paula Patton "Hitch"), a medical examiner, and he's been sleeping on the couch at his sister Angela's (Amy Smart "Just Friends") apartment. He rarely even gets to see his children (Erica Gluck and Cameron Boyce).
While trying to get reinstated and win his family back, heís taken a job as the night watchman in a burned-out department store awaiting renovation, where dozens of people died some years ago. During his first few hours, he discovers a handprint on a huge mirror on the wall, but the print is inside the glass. Itís not long before he sees weird mirror images both on the job and at his sisterís house. The images forecast gruesome deaths. Now that Ben has brought the visions home, his family members are facing danger from the mirrors as well. So Ben must find the person these images demand he bring to them.
The French director Alexandre Aja ("The Hills Have Eyes") has barely figured out how to translate the supernatural scares of the frightening Korean original to American audiences. This isn't even really a horror movie but rather a mystery, with Ben spending more time piecing clues together than feeling the terror of the demonic forces who are frightening him and his family. There are a few tense moments and a couple mild scares, but the more details we learn, the sillier the whole thing seems.
A movie about the supernatural must make some kind of sense to draw us into the story. Despite its ultra-spooky sets and eerie special effects, this tedious version of "The Shining" comes across about as scary as a game of hide-and-seek.