Mama

  • 15
  • Andres Muschietti (2013)
  • Sp / Can / US
  • 99 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

The debut feature of director Andy Muschietti - expanding on his acclaimed 2008 short - has spooky atmosphere to spare even if the plot bears too many stretch marks. After a car crash, two little girls lost in the woods are sustained by a deranged ghost consumed with possessive motherly love. Rescued years later, they go to live with their father's brother (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend (Jessica Chastain, the least convincing punk rocker ever) whose efforts to bond with the children are disrupted by the evil presence. "A ghost is an emotion bent out of shape" according to this lightweight, routine shocker. The cadaverous shape-shifter, CGI-augmented [Rec] actor Javier Botet, certainly looks the part, lurking under beds and in the closet. But there aren't enough scares beyond a few spectral rushes towards the camera and the final swerve into full-on Pan's Labyrinth territory for an unconvincing fairy-tale finale undercuts the primal terror once and for all.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Two small girls have seemingly existed alone in the woods in the five years since they disappeared. Their uncle and aunt take on the difficult job of raising the now almost feral children, but just how alone were they during those missing years?

Cast and crew

Cast

Annabel
Jessica Chastain
Lucas / Jeffrey
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Victoria
Megan Charpentier
Lilly
Isabelle Nélisse
Mama
Javier Botet
Dr Dreyfuss
Daniel Kash
Jean Podolski / Mama
Jane Moffat
Young Victoria
Morgan McGarry
Burnsie
David Fox
Ron
Dominic Cuzzocrea

Crew

Director
Andres Muschietti

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Feb 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
Categories
Drama