Kiefer Sutherland takes a long, hard look at himself and freaks out in Mirrors.
MIRRORS (Alexandre Aja). 110 minutes. Opens Friday (August 15). Rating: NN
Mirrors is a paper-thin story stretched past its breaking point. It might have been an okay supernatural horror at 90 minutes, but it drags out its repetitive shock sequences too long and offers nothing in between but clunky exposition, paint-by-numbers drama and cardboard characters.
Something evil lives in the mirrors in the burned-out shell of the old department store, and only Jack Bauer can stop it in time to save his imperilled family. Sorry, that's Ben Carson, not Jack Bauer. This isn't 24: The Hallowe'en Season.
But you might think it was, the way Kiefer Sutherland plays Carson, a disgraced ex-cop turned night watchman. With Bauer's brusque impatience and "Trust me," dialogue, you feel that no matter what the story claims, this is a man for whom kidnapping a nun at gunpoint is S.O.P.
The big nun-vs.-gun finale actually works better if you keep Bauer in mind. It's wrong for the movie it's in but ideal for the overblown context of 24.
Alexandre Aja (High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes remake, both good) delivers some cringeworthy gore, a few shocks and a beautifully eerie department store set, but not the characters or drama that might breathe some life into an old story.