Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mama: Film Review

"Mama", based on a short by the same name, takes a simple 3-minute premise and expands it to feature length, First time director Andrés Muschietti was really smart and brave he doesnt let his film to be incorporate with cheap gore and scares and instead takes it to another level,  and he does usually succeeded with the guidance of Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.

Mama was produced by the one and only Guillermo Del Toro which he upset as in 2011 with the remake of Don't be Afraid of the Dark which was incoherent and unusual and in this film he half-redeemed himself, albeit some flaws but Mama has a catchy title and an interesting premise which really works and create something entertaining using a proven formula.

Mama was really an effective horror movie, it was stylish and old scare but with an disappointing CGI, yet this doesnt make that a hurdle, the biggest impact the film could offer was the relentless performance of the abandoned children and Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain, there's no doubt the film would be an utter bore if it would have been to them.

Mama ain't no junk and ain't no fluke, it could have been reinvent horror movies, the story was engaging enough for a start of the year horror film, as we have too many unanswered questions throughout, especially a glaring one at the end and really they let the character develop and that was great and this is a decent watch.

this is a film worth seeing and is quite frankly underrated. If you love ghost stories, then this is a film to see, There is a bit of everything in this one to enjoy, and if you love these types of films, then you owe it to yourself to watch it, and Mama is another decent and great addition to Guillermo Del Toro and Jessica Chastain's resume.

The movie opens in Philippine cinemas on February 06, 2013 from Universal Studios to be distributed by Solar Entertainment Corp.

3.5 out of 5 stars


  1. Not really into these type of films myself.... Sinister was bad enough! The trailer for this really did look quite freaky, and your review confirms as much. Enjoyed reading it though - only reason I'd watch it is because of Chastain.

  2. I Have yet to see 'Sinister' didnt have the chance to catch it in theaters cause i thought it's another cheap gore and yes Jessica Chastain is great here, thanks for reading my review