New on DVD: The Broken

New on DVD: The Broken

There’s an eerie quality to mirrors that most simply choose to ignore … but you can never be sure of what’s looking back at you. Gina’s (Lena Headey) life is pretty routine. Her family is relatively close and they’ve all recently gathered to celebrate their widowed father’s birthday. Then, suddenly and without reason, a large […]


There’s an eerie quality to mirrors that most simply choose to ignore … but you can never be sure of what’s looking back at you.

Gina’s (Lena Headey) life is pretty routine. Her family is relatively close and they’ve all recently gathered to celebrate their widowed father’s birthday. Then, suddenly and without reason, a large mirror shatters during dinner. It is the first of many and each has dire consequences. One day Gina sees a woman that looks just like her drive past on the street. She follows the mysterious lookalike back to her apartment and the events that follow must be pieced together like a puzzle of fragmented memory. The only surety seems so be that no one is as they used to be.

The plot is a cross between Kiefer Sutherland’s Mirrors and his father’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The first half of the film is an edge-of-your-seat horror flick with an electrified atmosphere – anything can happen at any moment. Then it becomes somewhat less intense and adopts the tone of a Twilight Zone episode. It’s quite a shift but both styles work.

The conclusion wraps up the key mystery that drives the narrative and Headey’s character. However, the motivation for the sudden occurrences of broken mirrors and the subsequent events remains unexplained – apparently it could just spontaneously happen someday.

There is not a lot demanded of the special effects department or the actors, but both are adequate. Possibly the best performance is the second to last of the film when Gina’s brother (Asier Newman) realizes he may be truly alone.

There are no DVD special features to evaluate.