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By James Whittington, Friday 21st January 2011
Darker, bloodier and more intense, Mirrors 2 takes the premise seen in the first instalment and ratchets up the gore score but also hits the viewer with an unexpected emotional level too.
Mirrors 2 stars Emmanuelle Vaughier (Saw II) and Nick Stahl (Terminator 3), and follows the story of Max, a recovering addict struggling to come to terms with the car crash which killed his fiancé and left him tortured with the memory of her death. Riddled with guilt and determined to try and make a new life for himself Max takes a job as night-time security guard in the Mayflower department store, but as his nightshifts begin he sees visions of a young, mysterious woman in the store's mirrors. Unsure as to whether he is hallucinating or these visions are real Max checks the stores security camera archives with terrifying results.
Directed with style by Victor Garcia (director of Return To The House On Haunted Hill, which can be seen on Horror at the moment) he retains the atmosphere seen in the Korean original (Into The Mirror) from 2003, upon which the first Mirrors was based. Victor gives his actors the freedom to develop and try new things which injects the film with an organic and natural feel, weird considering we’re dealing with such an outlandish paranormal subject. Talking of the cast these talented people really do throw themselves into their respective roles. Stahl and Vaughier handle the emotional side of the story, whilst Lawrence Turner as Keller Landreaux and Jon Michael Davis as Ryan Parker give solid support. No one is two dimensional here and characters are fully fleshed out so you do become involved in their predicaments and situations.
As I’ve mentioned the film is pretty gruesome, not for the squeamish and has one of the most realistic decapitations I’ve seen in a long time. The effects are a subtle mix of prosthetic and CGI, a blend that doesn’t overstay its welcome. But it’s not just about the blood and guts as Garcia keeps things moving by using some subtle scares to keep the audience on edge.
The score is appropriately dynamic and punctuates the more memorable moments but also cares enough not to drown out the dialogue during the more sensitive moments.
On reflection Mirrors 2 is a classy sequel that takes the themes of haunted mirrors and redemption into new and rather unpredictable territory.
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