I think I might have mentioned in a previous post that the first Mirrors was kind of shitty. Not awful, just not all that good. I watched it because it was Alexandre Aja, who I have a director boner for, so I gave it a shot. I didn’t want to pay money, so I just watched it online. I went the more traditional route with Mirrors 2, knowing it probably wouldn’t be that good, but I’d at least watch it in HD. When it arrived through Netflix, I put it in the Blu-ray player, and the menu didn’t let me select anything. Weird. I took it out, cleaned it, and put it back in. It would freeze/skip every two minutes, so Rampaige and I gave up on watching it. I asked for a new Blu-ray, and when that one showed up, THAT ONE FUCKING SKIPPED TOO. Being sick of ordering replacements, I decided to just watch it online. Fuck you, Mirrors 2, for making me break the rules!
The thing is, the guard didn’t get that much uglier after his disfigurement.
Nick Stahl plays Max Matheson, which is already a funny name, and we see Max get into a car accident with his fiance. She dies, he lives, and he has creepy visions. We then see a security guard looking at an old mirror, only to see his reflection pick up some shards of glass and chew on them. The guard’s actual mouth then starts bleeding and tearing holes in his cheeks. There needs to be a replacement guard, and guess who takes his place! Max continues to have these creepy visions, which he thinks is a result of the car accident, only to start realizing that the visions he’s been having of people takes place before their deaths, and he starts freaking out. He meets a female employee who tells him about her sister disappearing and, well, long story short is that the people who are dying are people who were involved in the rape and murder of this girl’s sister, and she died in the store looking at a mirror? Or something like that? I don’t know, I got kind of bored when it went all Stir of Echoes on me, and don’t remember exactly how things ended.
Hey remember that movie Stir of Echoes? Yeah, it was kind of like that. Or at least, the character having visions that make other people say they’re crazy, only to realize the visions are related to a woman’s rape/murder thing was pretty similar. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, just that I couldn’t help but be reminded. Trying to think of the first movie’s plot, I remember a department store burning down, Keifer Sutherland, and then something about demons that ended up with a pretty terrifying demon attack at the very end. Point being, the plot behind the first one was pretty thin and forgettable, so I didn’t expect much as far as plot went for this one. Even though it wasn’t anything too original, at least it had some sort of storyline that was easier to follow. I also have to say that the special effects and gore in this movie were pretty entertaining, from the glass chewing to a woman’s head getting chopped off by a piece of glass (while she was naked) to a guy being eviscerated and having his guts fall everywhere. Hopefully this is the last installment in this shitty “franchise” that already went straight to video. Or maybe we will get lucky and we’ll get to see a White Noise 3/Mirrors 3 combo pack that will only live in the $5 section at Target.
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