On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintroduce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone -- or something -- still wants to tuck them in at night.
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Runtime: 1 hr 40 min
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"Mama" is one of those movies that has so much going for it -- an engaging premise, a great cast, creepy production design, and most importantly, a memorable monster. But all of that gets derailed by some really bad creative decisions.
And when I say bad, I mean throw-your-popcorn-at-the-screen bad.
Characters behave in such absurd ways that they might as well have the word “disposable” tattooed on their foreheads, and the writers supply some of the most groan-inducing exposition ever committed to film in order to get the characters from point A to point B.
For horror fans, though, who are used to sifting through garbage just to find a few good scares, one of the main things that could ruin "Mama" is how liberally it borrows from other (better) movies, including modern classics like "The Ring" and "[REC]." Some of it works, some of it doesn't, but it never feels at all cohesive, which is unfortunate considering how original “Mama”’s premise is.
At the end of the day, “Mama” might get you to jump out of your seat once or twice, but movie fans really shouldn't have to settle for the kind of half-baked, derivative storytelling on display here. If you're looking for non-R-rated horror, you’re probably better off just sticking with the American version of "The Ring" until this hits Redbox.
As far as PG-13 movies go, “Mama” is a little on the intense side. There really aren’t too many differences in terms of content between this and another Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film, 2010’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which earned an R rating.1 Thank ·