MIrrors: Unrated (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Poor Kiefer Sutherland, after the last season of his hit show “24” fell victim to the writer’s strike, he had nothing to do. So what does a Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actor do when he has some free time? Well, evidently you make a semi-scary movie that will be buried and lost in your resume amid some far better films. I can’t fault Sutherland for the movie being forgettable, but when you headline a film some of that responsibility does fall on your shoulders. And why is it that every “A” list actor feels they need to do a horror movie? I’m not saying we should typecast every actor (how many romantic comedies can we see Kate Hudson in, anyway?) but there are certain actors who should know what they’re good at and stick to it. As much as I wanted to see the “Lost Boys” version of Kiefer Sutherland, it just wasn’t happening for me in “Mirrors.”

Sutherland plays ex-NYPD police officer Ben Carson who has since quit the force because he killed a man the year prior. He’s waiting to be re-instated, but has had problems with alcohol and has split from his wife in the meantime. Desperate for work, he takes a job as a night security guard in which he patrols the Mayflower, a once high end New York department store that was destroyed in a fire five years ago. Ben lives with his younger sister, Angie (Amy Smart) who worries about his general well-being. No sooner does Ben start when he starts to notice some rather odd things about the Mayflower. It seems that the previous guard’s obsession with the mirrors are having an effect on Ben as well. Determined to solve the mystery, he calls in favors from his cop buddies to get to the bottom of the matter. Will Ben solve the mystery of the Mayflower or will everyone he cares die first?

“Mirrors” isn’t a bad movie and not really a waste of time. It’s got a few scenes in which I jumped but it was mainly due to the soundtrack as opposed to the storyline. I mean really, how scared of a mirror can one really be? Amy Smart’s role is somewhat of an extended cameo at the very most so if you’re tuning in for her, you might want to think again. Ultimately “Mirrors” falls into the same pratfalls that a lot of modern day horror films do in that it’s just not that scary. The plot is predictable and even though we know what’s coming, something still makes us finish the movie. Now that “24” is back on the air, I doubt we’ll be seeing “Mirrors II” but stranger things have happened. I’d recommend this as a rental, though you’ll probably feel like you’ve seen it before.

Video: How does it look?

“Mirrors” is a brand new movie to Blu-ray and as such, I was expecting nothing less than perfection. After all it’s put out by a major studio and has a major star, so why wouldn’t it look great on screen? Well, it doesn’t. The 2.40:1 AVC HD transfer is doused with grain in pretty much every scene. At first I thought it might be the point of the film to give it a “gritty” look but even the daytime scenes (which are usually very vibrant and clear) seem to have a little bit of grain on them. If this is the way the film is intended to look then the mission has been accomplished but I think “Mirrors” isn’t representative of the way a day and date Blu-ray should look.

Audio: How does it sound?

Putting the video aside “Mirrors” sounds pretty darn good. In fact, I attribute most of the scary moments in the film to the perfectly placed audio. Now granted, this is pretty standard in horror movies to play some loud sound as soon as a door closes or someone turns around but all I can say is that with me, it works. There are some truly good surround sounds in which all 5.1 channels were reverberating with life. The DTS Master Audio track is very robust with dialogue sounding clear. Sutherland seems to kind of mumble in his work, but his dictation sounds as good as ever here. If you want a good-sounding track, then “Mirrors” is for you.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Like a lot of other Blu-ray titles, “Mirrors” has just enough on it in terms of supplements that it’d make for a good purchase if you’re a true fan of the film. First up, the disc contains both the theatrical and unrated versions of the movie (I watched the unrated version as I’d never seen the movie before). We have two featurettes which include the standard “Making of” and some deleted scenes with some optional director’s commentary. The second disc is a bonus digital copy for use with your computer or iPod.

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