Mama (2013) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Mama (2013)

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  • Release Date:  2013
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Andrés Muschietti
  • Screenwriter:  Andrés Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, Neil Cross
  • Cast & Crew:  Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat, Morgan McGarry, David Fox, Dominic Cuzzocrea, Christopher Marren, Julia Chantrey, Ray Kahnert, Diane Gordon, and Matthew Edison.

Mama (2013) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • IMDB =6.2/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.5/10.

Mama (2013) Synopsis:

After the death of their parents, two girls are left to live in the woods for years, surviving thanks to the help of a protective ghost called “Mama”, until their uncle finally find them and take them home with him.

Mama (2013) Review:

I went to see Mama quite sometime after its initial release and so I had plenty of time to read a few good reviews about it, but also tons of bad ones. In the end, it thought of it as a good surprise. It is indeed not the movie of the year but still, watching the film at the cinema was a great experience.

Of course, the producers didn’t take many risks in that one. It is really an “all public” horror, with no gore, no big tragedy, etc. The initial story with the girls in the wood is great, and I wish it would have focused more on that. Unfortunately, it quickly turns into a very common ghost story about the revenge of a desperate soul that was horribly tortured during her living, etc. It reminded a lot of other ghost films such as The Grudge, The Ring, Darkness Falls, etc. This lack of originality, along with the acting and cast, was one of the main turn off. The little girls are good but the adults, and especially Annabelle (Jessica Chastain) really fails to convince.

Luckily, the ghost itself is great and seeing this ugly creature movie so awkwardly is something! In order to appreciate this film a little, you really NEED to see it at the cinema for the CGI are really the highlight of the movie. If you do so, Mama will probably succeed at scaring you a few times. Not because of its creepy story, but instead by having you jumping on your seat because of a compilation of “boo” ghost scenes. It is a cheap way to scare spectators, but it works well here and it helps to keep the film entertaining. Toward the end, I was actually enjoying the film by a great extent, but the ending disappoints, it could have been so much better!

In conclusion, I think horror newbies will enjoy Mama for what it is: an “easy to watch” horror entertainment, but hardcore horror fans may find it a bit too mainstream and probably not dark enough.

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