I'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Not available on Netflix.] After watching the 5-star horror movie Mirrors, we all decided to watch the original Korean movie it is based on. So a lot of this is from the viewpoint of comparing this version to the American remake (with Keifer Sutherland).

PEOPLE: A Korean movie. The first movie directed by Sung-ho Kim, who also wrote it. Starring Ji-tae Yu, who was Woo-jin Lee in Oldboy, had a bit part in Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. Ju-bong Gi was also in Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance.

PLOT SUMMARY: IMDB’s here. The original plot most certainly differs from the Mirrors remake. They are very similar, but with different backstories. Hollywood adds a wife and kid, of course.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Failed cop fails at stopping serial killer.

QUIRKS: Psychological horror. Murder mystery. Creepy mirrors.

VISUALS: Quite good. The film quality didn’t quite seem as modern, and it didn’t feel as digitally polished as Mirrors did — but that may be because I watched this one in DVD quality vs watching Mirrors in BluRay quality. It may have been more elegant than Mirrors, however, having lots of shots where you don’t quite realize you’re watching a mirror until they pan out at the end of the scene.

GOOD STUFF: Definitely some moments that make you jump. A fairer sense of ultimate justice by the end of the movie, when compared to the remake.

BAD STUFF: Not quite as adrenaline-pumping as the remake. Of course it’s the trendy film critic thing to always say you like the original better than the remake, but in this case I think the remake was a scarier movie. This one, however, doesn’t stretch credulity as much, and has more elegant pacing — so a lot of people will prefer the original for that evening. After all, the remake’s final “boss battle” is kind of Evil Dead-ish, which is totally incongruent with the tone of the original movie.

CONCLUSION: A great Korean psychological thriller! Mirrors are creepy as hell. A bit less campy and more consistent than the American remake, but not quite as scary.

“That’s some NIGHTMARE SHIT right there!!” –something I said during the movie, during a hallway chase scene where the other guy got WAY too far WAY too fast, during a single shot where the camera never changed — I still don’t know quite how they did that.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4.6/5 stars (that’s 5 stars). IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Parthena: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7.5/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: a mere 6.5/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Get versed in some American mirror-related horror and such first. Watch Prince Of Darkness (and possibly laugh at it), then Dark Mirror, then The Broken, then Mirrors. After that, watch this to see what Mirrors was based on.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Oh look! Mirrors 2 is out! And you can get this movie with it for free when you purchase it!

Music: Beethoven – 5th Symphony