The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Feature running time: 90 minutes
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Nick Stahl, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Christy Romano, Evan Jones, William Katt, Lawrence Turner
Directed by: Victor Garcia
Music by: Frederick Weidman
Written by: Matt Venne
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 19, 2010
"The terror lives on"
Inside the mirrors...The dead live on...Waiting for vengeance. When a young woman is brutally murdered in front of a mirror that is a portal to the world of the undead, her spirit goes on a murderous rampage. One by one, she stalks the men and women responsible for her horrific death, exacting bloody revenge by dismembering and eviscerating the guilty. They can't run...They can't hide...They can't look in the mirror!
I thought that viewed from the right perspective the original Mirrors was a passable popcorn horror flick. Its sequel, Mirrors 2, takes place in the original story's Mayflower Department store and follows the same premise. Max Matheson a newly hired security guard begins seeing visions of a dead woman in the reflections of the store's mirrors and attempts to unravel the mystery behind her death. The origin of the presence in the mirrors is less ominous here and comes in the form of a missing young store employee named Eleanor, who was murdered in front one of its mirrors, exacting vengeance upon those she holds responsible. Eleanor's disappearance occurred two months prior and her sister Elizabeth, has been searching for her ever since. Tormented by visions of Eleanor's victims his search for answers leads him to Elizabeth. Together they begin to unravel the mystery behind Eleanor's disappearance and come face to face with the diabolical evil lurking in the mirrors.
Using essentially the same construct (as the original film) for a sequel is certainly acceptable however this movie comes up short in too many areas. The script and characters are underdeveloped and improperly supported. In Eleanor's case the circumstances that lead to her death are poorly conceived and the reveal/villain sequence that follows is downright silly. Max's back story which revolves around the death of his fiancé is apparently meant to play a role but really never ties in. The police's involvement is nothing but an insipid diversion that comes off in spectacularly lame fashion. Lastly the lack of suspense and legitimate scares makes for a pretty unimaginative and boring horror film. As for the cast I didn't care for any of them although the lame dialogue didn't give them much to work with. Although even scenes with no dialogue such as the gratuitous (nudity) shower scene came off as overstated and hammy. When it was over I couldn't help but feel as though Mirrors 2 was a sequel better left undone.
This film is unrated and contains scenes of bloody violence, a rape, nudity, and brief language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Mirrors 2 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 18 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.
This isn't a particularly bright film but it manages to strike a good balance between the use of dark and light elements. Filtering is used to render its varying visual aesthetics as dictated by the filmmakers. Certain scenes are bathed in monochromatic sepia or blue while others appear to use natural lighting and deeper color emphasis. This seems to mate well thematically and I found the visual contrast interesting. In most regards both light and dark sequences have above average depth with appreciable shadow delineation. White levels are tamped down and blacks are gradational but slightly elevated. Dynamic range is only mildly affected as brighter elements tend to have punchy highlights with visible detail. Resolution occasionally fluctuates but in most instances detail is clearly resolvable with discerning visual perspective that results in pleasing, multi-dimensional high definition video quality.
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack features crystal clear dialogue, punchy dynamics and a subtle yet involving surround sound mix. I was happy with the implementation of spacial dimension, discrete directional sounds and deep resonating bass response that combines to accentuate the film's music score, and punctuate jump scares.
- (HD) The other side: Making Mirrors 2 - 9 minute featurette
- (HD) Keeping it real: The visual and special effects of Mirrors 2 - 12 minute featurette
- Watch Mirrors 2 with the woman in the mirror - Bonusview PiP feature during the film that allows viewers to see from the perspective of the woman in the mirror via a pop-up window
- (HD) 2 deleted scenes
- Bonus DVD: Flipper disc containing the standard definition version of Mirrors 2 (along with special features) on one side and the Original Korean film Into the mirror on the other
Mirrors 2 is a direct to video sequel that fails to bring anything original to the table and feels contrived, unimaginative and poorly conceived. Where the original succeeds as a good popcorn movie this one delivers no suspense, rehashed jump scares and lackluster performances by its middling cast. I appreciated its audio/video presentation on Blu-ray from Fox but unfortunately that isn't enough to warrant a recommendation. Pass.
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