Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mama - Movie Review

Starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse and Daniel Kash.  Directed by Andres Muschietti.


It's this year's Insidious.

A harried father rushes his two girls, ages 3 and 1, into the car and drives away as fast as possible. We hear on the news about a shooting, and we gather this man is responsible.  He speeds down a snowy highway, worrying the 3-year-old.  The car spins out of control, off the road, down a slope.

He staggers through the woods with the girls and comes upon an abandoned cabin.  It's there that they meet "Mama"...

The movie has great pace and atmosphere.  The girls, now ages 8 and 6, are found and given to their uncle Lucas (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his live-in girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain).

Seems odd to see Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) here, but her agent was smart in getting her in this movie.  Not only is it doing good box-office, but it deserves to for being one of those rare scary movies.  Director Andres Muschietti expands his 2008 short to a satisfying full-length feature, and if I had quibbles, it would be the ending.  It's not bad; it's just okay.  But the suspenseful journey's worth traveling.

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