Mirrors In Theaters
"Mirrors" - Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) has seen better days. It's been nearly a years since the volatile detective has been suspended from the NYPD for fatally shooting another undercover officer, an accident that not only cost him his job, but fueled the alcoholism and anger that has alienated his wife and kids and left him crashing on his sister's couch in Queens.
Desperate to pull his life together and reconnect with his family, Carson takes a night job at the burned out ruins of the Mayflower department store. What once was a symbol of prosperity and grandeur now sits decaying in the darkness like a rotting ghost ship, destroyed by a massive fire that devoured numerous innocent lives.
As Carson patrols the eerie charred remains of the store, he begins to notice something sinister about the ornate mirrors that adorn the Mayflower walls. Reflected in the gigantic shimmering glass are horrific images that stun Carlson.
Beyond projecting gruesome images of the past, the mirrors appear to be manipulating reality, as well. When Carlson sees his own reflection being tortured, he suffers the physical effects of his fractured visions. Suddenly the troubled ex-cop finds himself battling his personal demons and the ones that have hijacked his reflection, tormenting him with convulsions, spontaneous bleeding and near suffocation.
His sympathetic but skeptical sister Angela (Amy Smart), dismisses these bizarre nightmares as a consequence of his stress and guilt over the accidental shooting, but his estranged wife, (Paula Patton, someone the movie studio is trying to turn into a star, whoever she is), a no-nonsense NYPD medical examiner, is less forgiving. (What a bitch!). Her husbands increasingly erratic behavior, somehow frightens her, even though she is a 'no-nonsense' medical examiner, pushing his family farther away, and, she fears, is putting their children in danger.
BUT... a much deadlier threat looms, trapped within the reflective mirrors and surfaces that pervade their everyday life. As Carson investigates the mysterious disappearance of a Mayflower security guard and its possible connection to his ghastly visions, he realizes that a malevolent, otherwordly force, is using reflections as a gateway to terrorize him and his family.
"Mirrors" director, Alexandre Aja, previously brought us the 2006 version of "The Hills Have Eyes" and, in 2009, brings us one of the more two dozen movies to be released in 3D, "Piranha 3D."
STARRING: Kiefer Sutherland, Amy Smart, Paula Patton, Jason Flemyng
DIRECTOR: Alexandre Aja
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RATING: R (For strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity)
Wild About Movies Grade: B+