Mirrors 2 Review
Written by: alex1176
"Mirrors" was a bad adapation of a Korean horror film seemingly made for pure commercial reasons. After all, who wouldn't want to see a bloody horror flick starring Jack Bauer and directed by the guy who made "High Tension"? Action heroes and supernatural horror films don't mix. Just watch "End of Days" for proof. Still, 20th Century Fox went with the pitch and the result was a boring, bloody mess of a film. So while this direct-to-video sequel is quite similar to the first, it does work a little better. For me, at least.
Nick Stahl (who played John Conner in T3) portrays a security guard named Max Matheson who suffers from the death of his wife. It just so happens that a drunk driver slammed into his car which killed his wife in the process. After the accident, Max begins to see hallucinations that may or may not be the dead communicating with him. As the movie begins, the Mayflower's newest location (the department store of the first film) is opening in New Orleans and Max's father asks for his help due to being short staffed. Though reluctant at first, Max accepts the job of being a security guard once more. However, what he doesn't know is that the store's mirrors are haunted by a ghost who wants vengeance.
The movie follows the formula set up by the original film, but also derives from it by including a mystery. It's a very conventional ghost story, but at least I didn't think I was watching an episode of "24" during the precedings! Seriously, Kiefer Sutherland was woefully miscast as a security guard in the first film. And here, Nick Stahl does a good job of being the "everyman". Emmannuelle Vaugier ("Saw II") plays a woman seeking for her missing sister who teams up with Max in the latter part of the film.
"Mirrors 2" isn't a great horror film, but it does have some good bloody deaths for those who love gore. It's also a very glossy looking picture, maintaining a look usually reserved for feature films. As a direct-to-video sequel, it's at least better than the murky "30 Days of Night: Dark Days". If you're a fan of the first one, than you'll probably like it too.