Two words: Killer Mirror. That is what this film is about. Two young adults who were orphaned as children try to prove that the mirror hanging in their father’s office was the culprit as to why their parents ended up dead. The film flashes between the present and the past, as it shows us what happened up to the night of their parents deaths. That, along with the things that happen in the present, give this film a definite creepy factor. Kaylie (played by Karen Gillan) spends most of her life following up with the mirrors past whereabouts and where it is currently. The day that her brother, Tim (played by Brenton Thwaites), is released from the psychiatric hospital/institution that he has been living since that horrible night, is the day that Kaylie is able to obtain the mirror and conduct her experiment.
She has set up alarms and fail safes and cameras to record the investigation that they are doing in their old home. The investigation begins with her telling the cameras everyone that has owned the mirror and how they died. So, pretty good evidence if you’re looking at how 100% of the owners have died with the mirror in the background. And then it starts to get real. The movie shows us what happens and how the mirror actually works. It doesn’t however give us any other background on the mirror. As their night progresses, things start to get really confusing (for them, not for the viewer). Reality is twisted and creepy happenings start.
Basically, the mirror is able to alter reality so that you don’t know what you are doing or where you are in real life. Kaylie kills her fiance not knowing he was actually there. And Tim kills Kaylie even though he can’t actually visual her standing in front of the mirror. I’m assuming that staring into the mirror is what triggers its want for your soul. From the flashbacks of their father, there is obviously a woman inside the mirror that is coaxing him closer, but we never find out who that woman is. Perhaps the first soul killed in front of the mirror and she is just haunting it? Or maybe it’s like The Ring and she needs souls to survive? I don’t know.
The end scene with all the victims that the mirror has taken still doesn’t shine much light onto what the mirror’s purpose is. Yes, it wants their souls, but why? Is it alive and wants to feed? So many questions not answered for me. Overall though, this movie is great. It messes with reality and the memories of the people involved and has the viewers guessing each step of the way. I wouldn’t say it has many scenes that make you want to jump out of your seat, but it’s a good psychological thriller to watch. I’m going to give this movie a “Liked it” rating.
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