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
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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 ‚Äúdisposable‚Äù 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 ‚ÄúMama‚Äù‚Äôs premise is. At the end of the day, ‚ÄúMama‚Äù 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‚Äôre probably better off just sticking with the American version of "The Ring" until this hits Redbox. As far as PG-13 movies go, ‚ÄúMama‚Äù is a little on the intense side. There really aren‚Äôt too many differences in terms of content between this and another Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film, 2010‚Äôs ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Be Afraid of the Dark,‚Äù which earned an R rating.
Given the dearth of choices in theaters right now, Mama will likely lure in more than a few viewers. But don‚Äôt expect any redeeming qualities from this obsessive maternal apparition... See Full Review
Sorry to all the "not worth your time" clickers but I have to disagree I think this was actually a good movie and kept you on the edge of your seat gripping your chest if because of nothing more then the creepy children that are experiencing this horror.September 9th, 2013 · Details
Mama had some pretty good scares and was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, but it had some very cheesy parts of it. The ending was what really ruined the movie, movie was alright until you hit the last 15 minutes of the film. The end feels extremely rushed and thrown together. It's a good movie to rent with your friends for a night.August 24th, 2013 · Details
Some cursing, some kissing, and lots of nightmarish and creepy stuff, like a terrifying ghost who floats like a wraith and moves like a spider, a child eating bugs, some beating and stabbing, and general weirdness... See Full Review
Though this is hardly drama of the highest order, Annabel's positive spiritual path does present a welcome contrast to the innumerable templates of family dysfunction to be found at the local multiplex... See Full Review
The atmosphere is appropriately creepy, and there are some starts, if not outright scares... But it just gets stupid... See Full Review
Movies like "Mama" are thrill rides. We go to be scared and then laugh, scared and then laugh, scared and then shocked. Of course, there's almost always a little plot left over for a sequel... See Full Review
even though Mama is just a megaplex horror bash that keeps goosing you with shrieky blasts on the soundtrack, its true subject is motherly love... See Full Review