Mama (2013) Movie Review

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Mama (2013)

2013 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
100 minutes / 1h 40min

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Mama Plot Synopsis:

The senior partner of an investment brokerage, Jeffrey Desange, has a breakdown due to a financial collapse and kills several co-workers and his estranged wife. He then kidnaps his two young daughters, Victoria 3 and Lilly just 1. He drives his car recklessly through a winding snow covered road. He loses control of his car and drives off an embankment. He finds an abandoned and isolated cabin where he plans to kill his daughters, but the children are saved by a dark ghostly image. After five years of searching and depleting his savings, Jeffrey's twin brother, Lucas, finds the children that were raised without social interaction and claim that they have been raised by 'Mama'. Lucas disputes the custody with the children's Great Aunt but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is working with the girls, helps Lucas get custody of the girls so that he can still have access to them. Lucas, his girlfriend Annabel, Victoria and Lilly move into a house provided by the institute that Dr. Dreyfuss works for. Lucas and Annabel soon find out that the girls have brought Mama with them and their lives are in grave danger.

Mama (2013) Review

Mama is definitely in my top ten list. It is a must see for all horror fans. Director and writer Andres Muschietti did an awesome job picking the cast members for Mama. I think all the actors and actresses did a truly amazing job. I saw Mama twice and would most definitely see it again. Mama contained adorable but yet spooky kids, creepy abandoned cabin, jump out of your seat scares, thrills, suspense and of course a few laughs.

Mama is about a father who lost it and kills his wife and then drove his kids to kill them but then got into an accident. He then walked his kids to an abandoned cabin in the woods of nowhere. He attempt to kill his girls but was killed instead by a mysterious spirit (Mama). Lily (Isabelle Nelisse) and Victoria (Megan Charpentier - Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), He Love Me (2011), Red Riding Hood (2011), Jennifer’s Body (2009)) was then raised in the cabin for five years by Mama who is considered to be a demon, ghost, malevolent spirit, ghost mom, ghoul or whatever you may call her. My opinion of Mama is that she is a ghost mom who loves and adores these two little girls and would do anything to keep them with her.

I believe this movie is one of a kind. The little girls were just spectacular and played their roles well. I love the CGI effect of Lilly and Victoria when they were in the cabin. Lily and Victoria’s animalistic behavior was so realistic and reeled me into the movie even more, I just wanted to see more of what happens to these two little girls.

Lilly and Victoria were found five years after their disappearance and their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Oblivion(2013), Games of Throne, Blackthorn (2011), King of Heaven (2005)) takes care of them during a custody battle with the girls’ Aunt. Lucas’ girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain - Jolene (2008), Tar (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Lawless (2012), The Help (2011)) wasn’t easy on the idea of taking care of the girls but knew that there is a pretty good chance that they will win custody of the kids.

I first saw Annabel as a crazy rock star who could not possibly be a mother figure to the kids. She then proved me wrong, her maternal instincts kicked in full gear when the kids needed her. It was amazing to see her care for Lilly and Victoria as her own and put aside her friends. One thing that Mama and Annabel had in common is that they both cared for the children and would do anything to protect them. Mama tried to kill everyone that came in the way of her and the kids as Annabel tries to destroy Mama. I felt sad for Mama in this movie although she was a spirit/ghost or whatever she was because she took care of the girls for five years and now someone else is trying to take them away from her and change them. Mama did not want the girls to like anyone else except for her and did not want anyone else to change who the girls were for the last five years.

The ending of this movie really touched me because the kids had to choose between Mama; who they knew for the last five years and Annabel who is a new mother figure to them. I felt pain and sorrow for Lilly as it was so hard for her to choose and each mother was trying their best to persuade Lilly to choose one of them.

  • Mama Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.79
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • MetaCritic: 5.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.5

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About Mama 2013

Title: Mama
Year: 2013
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.39/5 stars from 155,085 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 155,085 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Mama Cast Starring: Javier Botet, Daniel Kash, David Fox, Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier, Christopher Marren, Elva Mai Hoover, Isabelle Nélisse, Sydney Cross, Isabelle Nélisse, Melina Matthews, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Dominic Cuzzocrea, Kevin Kirkham, Maya Dawe, Sierra Dawe, Nick Hall, Joey Proulx, Hannah Cheesman, Pamela Farrauto, Chrys Hobbs, Jane Moffat, Laura Guiteras, Morgan McGarry, Tyler Curnew, Jayden Greig, Julia Chantrey, Ray Kahnert, Diane Gordon, Matthew Edison
Mama Writers: Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, Neil Cross
Mama Director: Andrés Muschietti, Andy Muschietti
Box Office: $71,588,220
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English
Country: Canada, Spain