Windex Might Help
Release Date: August 15, 2008
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Alexandre Aja
Executive Producer: Marc S. Fischer and Andrew Hong
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Ben gets a job as security guard at an abandoned burnt-out department building that was built over an insane asylum. Evil spirits begin to bother him in the mirrors of the abandoned store and soon any mirror or reflective surface brings the spirits to him. The spirits/mirrors want Ben to find a woman named Esseker. To motivate him, the spirits begin to torment Ben’s family, first causing his sister to kill herself and then terrorizing his wife and two children. Viewers never see the spirits because they take on the reflection of the person in the mirror.
Ultimately, Ben discovers the mysterious Esseker. Only through her sacrifice is Ben’s family safe. However, an unusual twist at the end leaves Ben’s fate in question.
MIRRORS is an uneven movie that competently creates suspense throughout. When the story turns to more of a detective genre as Ben investigates the mystery of the building, the pace quickens and interest runs high. Sadly, however, most of the movie is Ben walking down mysterious hallways with creepy noises. The story has a number of plot holes and hangs on a series of illogical precepts. For instance, at the opening, the spirits cause a man to kill himself but his body is not found until later and in a different place. Then later, the spirits cause a woman to kill herself but her body is found right away in the same place. There’s other illogical turns, but to itemize them here would give away the ending.
Kiefer Sutherland is interesting in the role, though there’s very little in the story to stretch him beyond what audiences have come to know from his TV series, 24. Much of the movie is predictable and merely competent.
The movie’s violence is the most problematic as it is all onscreen, very bloody, and filled with gore. The brief, rear female nudity is completely gratuitous as well as cliché. Regrettably, there is mention of evil spirits and demons but no mention of God or the power of Jesus to overcome evil. The movie suggests that the evil goes on unabated. There is a bright spot in the movie as the character Esseker, a nun, willingly sacrifices herself to help save Ben’s children.
There is not much to commend in MIRRORS. Given its violent content and strong foul language, the movie merits at least extreme caution.
The violence is perhaps the most problematic content in MIRRORS, because it is overt, very bloody and filled with gore. A brief scene featuring rear female nudity is gratuitous as well as cliché. Sadly, there is mention of evil spirits and demons but no mention of God or the power of Jesus to overcome evil. There is a bright spot, however, because the character Esseker, a nun, willingly sacrifices herself to help save Ben’s children. Given its violent content and strong foul language, MIRRORS merits at least extreme caution.