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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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A Rental at Best

Mirrors 2

Street Date:
October 19th, 2010
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
October 27th, 2010
Movie Release Year:
2010
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Length:
90 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
Unrated
Release Country
United States

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

After watching 'Mirrors 2' I got to thinking about crappy horror movies in general. Why must the story always center on some child, or young girl who was wronged in her life? Why must that girl, who is now haunting the people left behind, always appear to the person she wants to have help her looking like Samara's evil twin? If she has the ability to appear to the movie's protagonist, wouldn't it make better sense for her to appear nicely, explain her side of the story, and then get on with the rest of eternity? I guess I think too logically when it comes to these silly haunting horror movies that are always solved by some brave soul who takes on the task of rogue investigator.

'Mirrors 2,' like its predecessor 'Mirrors, ' is based solely on the fact that whenever there is a major change or advancement in plot the main characters must be around some type of reflective surface. Evil comes from the mirrors, so conveniently most of these people live around more mirrors than most of us see in a week. Really, what kind of single man lives with a full-length body mirror in his living room?

Max is still mentally recovering from a car accident that killed his fiancée. Now he sees things…in the mirrors! He takes a job as a nighttime security guard at his father's work. The place is called Mayflower, and I honestly have no idea what kind of business it was. Was it an art gallery? A business convention center? Who knows. What I do know is that Mayflower is the perfect place for this movie to be set. Why? Well because as is requisite for 'Mirrors 2', this business has a load of opportunely placed mirrors throughout it.

A young girl who used to work at Mayflower, named Eleanor, has gone missing. She appears to Max in visions as a zombie-like figure who stands and stares out of the mirror. She soon begins killing Mayflower employees in different, gruesome ways. Her victims watch the mirror as their own reflection moves as if it's its own entity. The reflection starts injuring itself with sharp objects, and just like a voodoo doll the same injuries are inflicted on the real people. Of course this is all about revenge, but when we meet young Eleanor in a flashback it's hard to think of her as such a cool-blooded murderer.

'Mirrors 2' uses all the predictable scare tactics (thank goodness they stayed away from the random cat scare though). The camera moves away from a mirror to the sink as the character washes their face and then back up to the mirror, BOOM! Scary image. It's all like clockwork, and that's how it goes right up to the predictable, overacted ending. You shouldn't have wasted your time with the first 'Mirrors' movie, but if you did this sequel is something you'll want to stay far away from.

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

'Mirrors 2' comes on one single-layer BD-25 disc. It also comes with a flipper DVD that contains a DVD version of the film along with a copy of the original Korean film called 'Into the Mirror.'

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

'Mirrors 2' actually looks pretty good in HD, barring some horrendous special effects that are made to look even worse in 1080p. When the reflection of a girl removes her own head it really is pretty hilarious looking. Bad green screen effects aside, 'Mirrors 2' has a respectable Blu-ray presentation on its hands.

The color palette of the film consists of dingy grays and icy blues. At times we get a mirror point of view which is distorted and bathed in a puke yellow color. The image is clear of any source noise. No flecks or spots to speak of. Even during low-light situations shadows are bold and the detail stays nice and strong. Blacks are evenly rendered, with a deep inky look. There aren't any artifacts to speak of, except for the banding that can be seen during the fade-in-fade-out title sequence.

If you're intent on picking this one up, at least you can rest easily knowing you're getting great picture for a direct-to-video release.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, while serviceable, won't blow you away by any means. There are no big problems with the overall audio experience, but it just isn't an audio mix that's going to make you jump for joy.

Oddly, much of the sound design is focused up front. Rears would've been a great place to hide spooky sounds, but the surrounds stay pretty silent or restrained for much of the film. Dialogue is nicely prioritized, and the boom scares are given a nice bit of emphasis to cue you into the movie's scary moments. LFE kicks in during the gloomy soundtrack, and when Eleanor appears all scary looking in reflections. The bass isn't as deep as it could be, but it offers a light rumbling that works well with the movie's standard scare scenes.

While the audio presentation may not surprise you as much as the video, it still works for this movie.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

  • 'Into the Mirror' (SD, 113 min.) – Bonus movie! This is actually the original Korean film that was remade for America with the first 'Mirrors' movie. The movie is located on the flipper DVD that comes along with the Blu-ray in this set. Kind of ironic that this movie is better than the one you just watched. Not by much, because it follows the same impractical premise, but a bit better nonetheless.
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 2 min.) – There are two scenes included here. One with Max holding hands with Elizabeth and the other is an extension for the car wreck flashback scene.
  • The Other Side: Making 'Mirrors 2' (HD, 10 min.) – This featurette dives into the movie's tone and ideas. Kudos for not making it a promo fluff piece like we so often see with these types of featurettes.
  • Keeping It Real: The Visual and Special Effects of 'Mirrors 2' (HD, 12 min.) – Anything and everything you wanted to know about the copious amounts of cinematic gore that are used in this movie is explained here.

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

  • Watch 'Mirrors 2' with the Woman in the Mirror (HD) – This is PiP Blu-ray exclusive feature that plays along with the film. In certain scenes a window will pop up giving us Eleanor's view as she watches the characters do their thing from the other side of the mirror. No 'Absolute Power' type of stuff though.

Final Thoughts

'Mirrors 2' follows along in the same stupidity that made the first movie almost unbearable to watch, and this one doesn't even have a gruff-talking Kiefer Sutherland to take your mind off the horrendous storyline. If you're dying to see this know that you're actually picking up a pretty good disc, with some nice looking visuals, a slightly above average audio presentation, and some really decent extras (Plus an extra movie!). I'm still recommending you skip it, but I know the first 'Mirrors' had its following, so this may be one folks will want to pick up.

Technical Specs

  • BD-25/DVD Combo

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.78:1

Audio Formats

  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound

Subtitles/Captions

  • English, French, Spanish

Supplements

  • Into the Mirror (Original Korean film)
  • The Other Side: Making Mirrors 2
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Keeping It Real: The Visual and Special Effects of Mirrors 2

Exclusive HD Content

  • Blu-ray Exclusive: Picture in Picture; Watch Mirrors 2 with the Woman in the Mirror

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