Kaylie and Tim Russell (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) lost their mom, dad, family dog and a bunch of houseplants in a strange incident that involved a mirror in their dad’s office. Their dad (Rory Cochrane) had started his own company at home and was working out of his office most of the time. His behavior got increasingly strange, much like Jack Nicholson’s in The Shining, and much to the dismay of his wife, Marie (Katee Sackoff). The film starts off years after the deaths, with Tim leaving a mental health facility and Kaylie hatching a plan to “Kill the mirror!” that was in their dad’s office and seemed to have evil powers. Tim killed their suddenly insane dad (resulting in his hospital stay), and Kaylie is determined to prove that both Tim’s actions and their dad’s strange behavior were the results of the mischievous mirror, mirror on the wall. While we do see strange reflections in the mirror, ghostly apparitions with white eyes walking around the house, and people behaving strangely, it’s never really apparent why all of this is happening. Kaylie’s research reveals that the mirror has been sucking up souls for centuries. But how and why? Who knows? Director and co-writer Mike Flanagan uses lots of flashbacks to show us what happened to the Russell family, and it’s all quite disorienting and unnecessary. Gillan and Thwaites are terrible performers and the movie, although containing a creepy scare or two, is a tedious affair.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Producer: Trevor Macy, Marc Evans, Peter Schlessel, Anil Kurian, D. Lumpkin, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Jason Blum and Michael Luisi
Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, James Lafferty, Miguel Sandoval, Kate Siegel and Scott Graham