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Thursday, October 7, 2010

[5.00/10] Mirrors 2 (2010)


Mirrors 2 (2010)

"Mirrors 2" is yet another straight-to-DVD horror sequel, that relies on the success of its predecessor and hopes to find an audience for the same reason. The first movie definitely wasn't great or very original, since its subject matter concerned one of the most overused and annoying horror cliches - mirrors. Nevertheless, "Mirrors" managed to deliver some chills, creepy images and decent story. If I'm being honest, I was somewhat pleased with the original movie, mainly because I quite like Alexandre Aja's shooting style and admire his ideas as a director. Also, last but not least, I absolutely loved the twist in the end - it was unexpected, creative and downright terrifying. "Mirrors 2" revoleves around Max Matheson, who after losing his fiancee in a car crash, for which he blames himself, he reluctantly takes a job as a night watchman at his father's Mayflower Department Store. When his co-workers are killed off in gruesome and horrible ways and Max begins to see a mysterious young woman in all the store's mirrors, desperate to communicate with him, he fears he's losing his mind, or that he may be the next victim. As expected, it repeats the formula form the first film, but adds a different plot. Sadly, a pretty terrible one. However, despite its tired ghost-of-a-murdered-girl-seeking-for-revenge scenario, "Mirrors 2" is quite well put together for a STV movie, as it offers an okay direction, fairly good lead performance, smooth pacing and some excellent gore effects. It's more gory than scary or creepy, but there are some really tense moments and it's not without suspense. Nick Stahl gives very credible performance as Max, and he successfully carries the movie on his shoulders. Unfortunately, he's the only good actor here. Emmanuelle Vaugier is naturally drop dead gorgeous, but her acting abilities are amazingly dreadful. Lawrence Turner, William Katt and Jon Michael Davis are just bad. Period. Spanish director Victor Garcia's directing skills are also questionable at times, since during watching I noticed three absolutely identical shots. It was kinda hilarious. Despite its cliched story, predictable conclusion, and some truly terrible supporting performances, "Mirrors 2" is quite watchable and surprisingly gripping at times. It falls into the 'mediocre at best' category.

2 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Have you watched the Korean film "In to the Mirror" which the prequel of this film based on Georgi?
I think the prequel also basically a cliché 'CSI'-thriller with some horror and paranormal elements thrown in. Towards the ending the movie gets way too vague which I prefer the South Korean film ending better.

Nebular said...

No, buddy, I haven't. I know the original film was a remake of "In to the Mirror", but wasn't that interested. Don't ask me why :) If you think the Korean ending was better than the one in the American version.... Wow, I can imagine how great it was, since the ending in the remake was so cool!