In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
The thing I enjoyed most about the film is the fact that it doesn't shy away from being a super-sized-cliche;
Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.
just read the usual deep in depth conversations about the in depth junk about the depth of the movie blah blah blah.I'm a big horror fan and this was spot on ,as a scarer ,old fashioned gore ,tension ,even bits that were a bit rough to watch. i enjoyed this ,spooky atmosphere and the whole atmosphere of the film ,if your'e gonna go in and analyze every bit of it of course your'e gonna pick holes.messed up kiefer takes a security job in a disaster of a building where people were burn't to death in a store fire .the whole scenario as a security guard myself is nuts,I'm looking thinking there is no way i would go in where he just went ,which builds the tension .it all goes a bit mad and some points you think really !!this guys got balls of steel.and a bit nuts to throw in with it .like i said don't over analyze it ,it's just a horror flick made to scare and i think it did its job.
Let me start by saying I've never seen the movie that inspired this movie. From what I understand this is loosely based on a South Korean film "Into the Mirror" which I have not seen. Kiefer Sutherland, whom many recognize as the main character in the TV show "24" strikes me as an above average actor. With the promotion that came with "24" and the constant exposure to it I have trouble not seeing Sutherland as "That 24 guy". Not because the characters are too similar, which they may or may not be, but because his face is so unique and recognizable. With that said, I like this movie. It has an unusual and mysterious atmosphere. Taking place in an abandoned architecture that has been burned. The place becomes the ex-detectives new hell as he is hired as a security guard to oversee this once valuable real estate. Wouldn't you know it, this place has a lot of mirrors. But like all mirrors, these might show you something you don't want to see. Many of the scenes in this movie are exceptionally graphic in what appears to be a subtle mix of gratuitous practical effects with a professional and light use of CGI. I give this movie an extra point for 2 scenes in particular which gave me the eeewwww-ohhhhh-noooo factor that I so rarely experience in the yawn factory of CGI, video-game graphics cinematography. There are some truly disturbing scenes in this movie that were convincing enough to make me wince.
I've watched enough films now to know how a film will pan out. The beginning is somewhat boring. However, halfway through the film I was surprisingly gripped it's like what happened in the start is irrelevant and almost acceptable because I was so gripped... Then I started to think the film was actually good and I'd been too harsh.But then towards the end of the film it does go somewhat downhill. I can't work out if it was a good film or not. I think it introduces irrelevant plots at the start and focuses on them too much. But that's not the real issue...I think the film drags a little bit? It's missing something which is preventing me from rating it higher than a 6! I just don't know what. The ending is actually quite good... But it's more what happened before the actual ending that is a let down.Overall, I wouldn't recommend this film. I'd say it's okay but not something I'd recommend. It's better than other films I've seen because you are gripped in the middle of the film... But it's not an amazing film.I think the acting could have been better... Because the plot isn't too bad apart from how the ending came about, I just don't feel like the characters were really 'into' their roles.I've watched this film and I'd rate it a 6. If nothing else is on then watch this film. I wouldn't recommend renting this film or choosing it over another one... It's not that good.
The movie opens with night security guard Gary Lewis. His reflection in the mirror stabs himself and he dies in the real world with a wide open gash. Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) resigned from the NYPD a year ago after a deadly shooting and he's now sleeping on his sister Angie (Amy Smart)'s couch. He's estranged from his wife Amy (Paula Patton) with whom he has two children. He has stopped drinking recently and trying to rebuild his life. He starts a new job as the night security guard at the burnt-out NYC Mayflower department store. He sees visions in the mirrors and they seem to be looking back at him.I really like the look of the empty department store and the mirror room. The mirror idea is pretty cool. The CGI fire is not the best. There is also a missing element in this horror. Usually there is a question of whether this is all real or not in these kinds of movies. The fact that the first security guard as well as his son see the visions eliminates that possibility right from the start. Another problem is that this needs a physical embodiment of the evil that is both scary and can be put on a poster. It seems to be the perfect fit for an iconic supernatural killer in the mirror like Samara in 'The Ring'. That is missing here. As for the story, this movie needed to end earlier. The movie just goes on and on with Sutherland missing in action for large chunks of it. The movie overstays its welcome.