A horror film with one of my favorite ladies from Doctor Who? Yes, count me in! Only thing I've seen Karen Gillan in before this was Doctor Who (2010-2012) & We Take Manhattan (2012). Enjoyed her in both & looking forward to this film.
So in this film you have two siblings, brother & sister, who witness something horrible as kids. Years later, the brother is just being discharged from a psychiatric hospital, & attempting to get caught up with his sister. They meet up at the house where they were living at when they were kids. Kaylie (Karen Gillan) springs on an experiment that will prove that an evil mirror is responsible for the horror from their childhood & other horrors that happened to those around this mirror. Her brother, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) tries to rationalize it all. At first, it seems that Kaylie is not only obsessed but little crazy. That all these events were only in her head. Then things took a turn.
While the present day story is being told, the past storyline is being told as well. It cuts back & forth & as things get more intense they even seem to overlap. This was done greatly as I didn't find it annoying. You learn more about what happened to these characters as kids & how it made them into the adults in the present.
Somewhere in the middle I was confused & didn't know what was going on, but it wasn't in a bad way. I didn't know what I was seeing was real or if it was trick being played by the mirror. This could have all been an delusion of Tim's mind too. The ending was just fantastic in my opinion. Something near the start that was introduced caught my eye. Little later on it was teased. So I knew this bad ending was going to come & when I seen it start, I got a bad feeling saying out loud "Oh no". Then it happened & it still had the emotional impact & shock.
Overall I ended up really enjoying this film. It took me a little to get into at first but once I did I was hooked. It's a low budget film but it doesn't suffer from it. The idea of less is more works greatly here. I didn't hate the kids either! That's a huge plus as I usually find kids in films annoying. I would definitely recommend this. I'll probably be watching this again with my girlfriend & possibly buying it on Blu-Ray. I'll give a 8.5/10
Best Part: The ending
Worst Part: The father. Didn't come off as believable as the rest of the cast.
Recommended by DW Smith
Starring: Karen Gillan, Annalise Basso, Brenton Thwaites, Garrett Ryan, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff