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“Mama” Don’t Kill My Friends-A Review

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Mama is a horror/suspense movie about kids who were dropped off/abandoned in a cabin in the woods. They’re found years later and reintroduced into society via a psychologist, their uncle, and their uncle’s girlfriend, but they didn’t come back alone…

Warning: Spoilers Below.

So they are taken to this psychologist who tells the uncle that he won’t get the kids unless he takes this house for testing and the like. So they move in and things are fine and dandy until weird things started happening. A lot of them in the beginning aren’t in front of the adults, but Lilly does scare Annabel pretty badly. Then, as the uncle-Lucas-gets closer to them “Mama” starts getting violent towards him. Soon, he ends up in the hospital. Annabel has to take them on by herself. She ends up getting close to Victoria, but Lilly keeps pushing her away. Until one night and then she and Lilly start getting closer. Then, Annabel starts having dreams about “Mama” whom the children have been playing with. 

Mama was an insane woman who broke out of an asylum with her child and tried to kill both of them. They both died, but the kid did not join her in the lake. Instead, he or she ended up hanging from a branch on the cliff. So, Mama started looking for her daughter or son and found Victoria and Lilly. She started raising them. Mama tried to possess Annabel, but stopped because Victoria reminded her that she promised. Then she possessed their aunt who doesn’t have any real importance until here in the movie. Mama takes them back to the cabin. In a big, climatic moment, Mama tries to kill the girls and only succeeds in Lilly. And then the movie ends with no resolution.

Analyzing the Character and the Actors’ Abilities:

  • Annabel was the girlfriend of Lucas. She was kind of bad-ass with short hair and a base guitar that she played in a band. Jessica Chastain was phenomenal. I really did believe that she didn’t want to be around the kids and that she didn’t really know if she wanted to stay in the relationship.
  • Lucas and Jeffrey were played by the same man. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau did a fabulous job playing two different characters. He played the psychopathic father who killed his wife because of the economic crash and tried to kill his daughters. Lucas was the loving uncle harmed by Mama. I much preferred him as Lucas, because sometimes it looked like Jeffrey was just putting on airs. He seemed to not really have loved his daughters.
  • Megan Carpentier played Victoria. She has been Amanda Seyfried’s younger version, according to Internet Movie Database.I think she did a good job being disturbed, but I’m not sure about her as an actress. I cannot really make decisions on children unless they were absolutely horrendous. Victoria has a chance of re-socialization.
  • As with Megan Carpentier, I cannot truly judge Isabelle Nélisse based on her performance as Lilly, but I did enjoy it. Lilly probably wouldn’t have been able to be re-socialized into society.

They were the main characters, so I am not going to go into the others acting, especially since I did actually enjoy this movie and I want to smack the psychologist because he’s an idiot.

Anyways, it was a good movie that had some rather interesting twists that we didn’t see coming until towards the end of the movie. Then it was a typical “cross over” and “possession” film. The cliches did hurt a little.

I give the film Mama 4 out of 5 stars.


The Story of Delusions: “Sucker Punch” 2011

 

I got a Sucker Punch that knocked me from my seat. Hehe. Okay, seriously now.

Sucker Punch opens to Babydoll as she sits on a stage, in the bed. A nice segue takes us into her bedroom as she waits to find something out. Next thing we see is a doctor, who shakes his head. We find out that someone had died, her and her sister’s mother by the look of things. A man checks the mother’s Last Will and Testament and doesn’t like what he sees. He locks Babydoll in her room before going to her sister. She runs in a closet and then the man breaks in. We don’t know what he was going to do because Babydoll breaks out of her room and tries to shoot the guy. She kills her sister instead. When she had a chance to kill the man, she ran.

Somehow they find her at a grave, maybe of her father’s, and bring her to an asylum. He checks off all these things on his this form before we meet Blue. We don’t stay long in the asylum because as soon as she hears Mistress Gorski speak to one of the other patients. We spend the entire movie in Babydoll’s delusion of being forced into prostitution.  Blue is in charge of the club, giving the girls to the clients and Madame Gorski teaches them to dance. Babydoll sinks into a delusion while she is dancing, so it’s like Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream.” She develops a plan through the delusion and convinces the other girls to help. We meet Sweet Pea, Rocket, Amber, and Blondie through two different means towards the beginning of the film.

Abbie Cornish did a good job playing such a clichéd character who doesn’t care about anyone, but her sister, Rocket. However, the character and the acting were both mediocre because Sweet Pea was written that way. Its more than a little disturbing how much like other characters Sweet Pea is like. Maybe giving her a deeper reason than just being over protective might’ve given Cornish something to go off of.

Rocket was an interesting character as was her hair. Unfortunately for Jena Malone, the most of the movie was spent staring at her hair as it changed rapidly. What I did gather from her performance was that I’m looking forward to something that has a bit more depth. Rocket’s only depths were her sister and the cook trying to have sex with her.

Venessa Hudgens impressed me. Having been forced to see all three High School Musicals, I wasn’t looking forward to seeing her performance, because of how cliché HSM and her former character were. I was afraid that she wouldn’t be as good playing someone with quite a bit more depth. I’m not worried about that anymore. I am worried, however, that despite Sucker Punch she might be type-casted to only take clichéd roles.

Amber was a clichéd cheerleader-like character played by Jamie Chunq. While Chunq did a good job portraying such a role, there are still a few issues. Amber, the character, is beyond cliché.

Oscar Isaac did a mediocre job of portraying someone’s whose supposed to be a tough cracker without being cliched. He fell short in the performance because it reminded me of a movie I had never seen, but is talked about by my significant other all the time. Blue was not entertaining.

Carla Guqine started out being quite cliché. The doctor  who takes interest in each patient and the strict dance instructor. It deteriorates so that its obvious that there’s a slight attraction between Gorski and Blue before its blatantly explained that her role was to teach the girls to survive Blue. This shows that she has a lot more depth.

Babydoll (played by Emily Browning) was a splendedly played character. Browning knew that the delusions were just in her imagination, but she made it seem like the character didn’t know the difference until the end. She was believable and I couldn’t find many cliched things about her. The fact that she’s the naïve “child” of the film, is a cliché.

The acting over all was well done, though it could have been better. Ican’t believe how many times I’ve typed “cliché” in this review, but it’s the best I could come up with when it came to the actors. The cinematography was superb. It’s a shame that a well shot film with an amazing plot, and decent dialogue had so many cliched characters. It pains me that a film of the quality of Sucker Punch would be brought down by the idiocy of unoriginal characters that weren’t even reinvented.

Sucker Punch is a good film that I more than recommend you either check it out from the library or rent it if you can. Its definitely a buy, though, for those of you who can afford it.

Sucker Punch receives 3.5 out of 5 stars.