UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Radiologist discovers she is special person in a secret world just beside our own.
PEOPLE: Starring Lena Headey (Sarah Connor in Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Miss Dickinson in the 2007 St. Trinian’s, Queen Gorgo in 300, Angelika in The Brothers Grimm). Melvil Poupaud (Johnny ‘Goodboy’ Jones in the recent Speed Racer movie) as her creepy boyfriend. Richard Jenkins (the dead dad in Six Feet Under, How I Got Into College, Wolf, Me,Myself & Irene, Step Brothers) as the father.
QUIRKS: Slow-building, creepy, doppleganger suspense. And dopplegangers freak me out way more than most things.
VISUALS: It did win some Best Cinematography awards. It was indeed well-done, visually.
BAD STUFF: It did not quite fulfill its potential. The mirror situation could have been explored more. The main threat to humanity is placed on the sidelines while we deal solely with the experiences of the main character.
Also, [highlight for spoilers]→ the twist can be seen ahead of time.
CONCLUSION: Better than your average generic horror. Re-watching Prince Of Darkness did not make mirrors creepy again, but *this* movie made mirrors creepy again! Dopplegangers freak me out. This movie even made ME jump (in stereo with Carolyn, of course). Definitely a cut above most horrors.
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. Carolyn “saw it coming” at points Clint did not.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.6/10, Netflix: 2.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.9/5 stars).
RECOMMENDATION: Horror / psychological thriller fans and doppleganger foes should watch this.
Watch only in bluray [like we did], or in Euro-DVD. The American DVD is cropped such that 24 percent of the film is missing.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Has aspects of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Others have said this was a good version of the movie Mirrors, which we are also planning to watch soon. “It’s what mirrors could have been if mainstream horror films were still well made”, says CosmicForces@IMDB.
MOVIE QUOTE: Dr. Robert Zachman: “It’s a rare disorder, in which a person holds a belief that an acquaintance, usually a close family member or a spouse, has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. The condition is most cases is a direct result of brain lesion. With your permission, I would like to readmit you to hospital and get Dr. Kenric to do some further tests.”
COINCIDENCES: (The Broken, Family Guy S8E8/American Dad S5E7) 2 videos in the same night with a female with a bandaged wound on her forehead. Can’t remember if the 2nd one was Family Guy Or American Dad.
Mood: hungry again already
Music: Pixies – There Goes My Gun (live)