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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

[7.75/10] Mother's Day (2011)


Mother's Day (2011)

Brief review: The director of "Saw" II, III & IV, Darren Lynn Bousman, brings this surprisingly brilliant horror thriller about a villainous family that return to their childhood home to terrorize the new owners of the house. Even though post-production has been completed last April, the movie hasn't been released till the first quarter of 2011, which is a shame, because a couple of cliches aside, "Mother's Day" is such a clever, harsh, uncompromising, skillfully-executed and wonderfully-acted thriller, it makes modern 'home invasion' classics like "Funny Games" and "The Strangers" look like kids' stuff. In terms of gore and violence, "Mother's Day" also leaves very little to imagination - it's extremely violent, bloody and graphic, and sоme of the torture scenes are so nasty and brutal, they're hardly watchable. However, it's the characters that makes it as bone-chilling as it is. Though the entire cast does an incredible job, Rebecca De Mornay remains the true highlight of the movie. She delivers a sensational and thoroughly disturbing portrayal as the obsessive mother, who has manipulated her kids since the day they were born. 'Mother' is sure to give you the chills - she's polite yet intimidating; beautiful yet creepy; kind yet terrifying... She's pure evil!

Overall summary: Although it goes slightly over-the-top at times, "Mother's Day" is a disturbing, and utterly uncompromising depiction of sheer terror, that gets under your skin and stays there long after the credits roll. It's pretty much 'The Mother' of all 'home invasion' flicks.

6 comments:

Matthew Vanacore said...

Wow, sounds like an absolutely terrifying horror flick. I can see Rebecca De Mornay playing the "beautiful yet creepy" Mother. I've seen The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. And though I've never watched Saw II-IV, I'm willing to trust Bousman.

Melissa Bradley said...

Oh my God, I love a twisted mother. There is nothing more chilling than a completely psychotic momma who has fucked with her kids' minds. De Mornay has been fairly quiet over the years and it's good to see her back in a villainous role.

Your review is provocative and incisive. I am definitely adding this film to my must see list. Have a great day, sweetie! :)

Nebular said...

Matty, it's more disturbing rather than terrifying, but still great.
"The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" is a pure classic in my book, and probably my favorite thriller when I was a kid. She gave me the creeps back than, and she did it again with her marvellous performance in this one.

And believe me, "Mother's Day" is better than Saw 2, 3 & 4 put together :)

Nebular said...

Mel, I do too. :) This momma was more intimidating and 'quitely' crazy than any other mom ever put on celluloid. She had brainwashed all her kids.. completely. I won't spoil anything though, you should see it ASAP. :)

Yep, De Mornay was very quiet the past 10 (?!) years, but now she's back on track! She did amazing in this one!

venoms5 said...

I received the UK dvd of this recently and watched it a few nights ago. Great movie. Much better than I expected. Bousman's on my list of directors to look out for if only he can get away from remakes and sequels. Sadly, that seems the bulk of what's available at present.

Where is the selection to subscribe by email? It's not showing here or on some other blogs I've commented on earlier.

Anyway, I'm surprised this film has yet to surface on these shores yet.

Nebular said...

venoms5,
I was shocked by the fact how great this film was. Very disturbing and very well-made. Bousman did a fantastic job with it, though his latest film "11-11-11" is pure trash. You can check my review of it out.

Hey, I already added one. I totally forgot about the subscribe by email widget, so thank you for reminding me. It's right below the followers gadget not.

I think it will be shown in the US this Spring. I hope it will receive positive feedback, as it's a very strong movie.