Down and out cop Ben takes a job as security guard at a burned out department store as a first step to rebuilding his life. After killing a man in a police shooting Ben came apart, turning to alcohol and suffering depression as his marriage fell apart. Now living with his sister, Angela, he is battling to fix his life. Little does he know that he will soon be battling the evil spirits from the department store for his family as they begin destroying everything around him.
Kiefer Sutherland (Ben Carson), Paula Patton (Amy Carson), Cameron Boyce (Michael Carson), Erica Gluck (Daisy Carson), Amy Smart (Angela Carson), Mary Beth Peil (Anna Esseker).
Interesting if not completely original plot that starts off disjointed and slow. About the time I began to think this was going to be a dud, it developed some momentum and started moving. Once things got interesting, they got really interesting. The whole part of the plot with Angela was necessary but it felt like it was just there to give you a preview of horrors to come, it just didn’t feel like it fit the film. I was a bit surprised at the direction the film went toward the end, switching from a somewhat psychological thriller to almost a monster flick. I’m glad it did as it needed some extra kick at the end. There was also a nice twist and it was lovely to see this wasn’t another film where the main character overcomes ridiculous odds for a happy ending. Sometimes not having a happy ending is appropriate.
Sutherland did an okay job in this one but the film was carried as much by Patton. Sutherland just looked tired and his emotion missed the mark for me in most scenes. Patton on the other hand did a very good job and as a bonus is just plain enjoyable to look at.
Special effects were pretty good in this movie. I liked the whole spirits trapped in mirrors ideas and the handprints on the mirrors. I also enjoyed the water effects and creature effects toward the end. Special effects for the ending were minor but, they did an excellent job of presenting the enormity of the situation.
Sound and dialogue were a bit challenging since Sutherland seems to like mumbling his lines a lot. Camera work and sets were well done and it looked like this film had a decent budget.
Overall this was a nice thriller. A bit slow to start but worth the time later on in the movie.
Some violence, disturbing images, and brief nudity so save this one for older teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Supernatural Thrillers, Suspense
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