Mother's Day Review

Mother's Day (2010)

Starring: Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

Sometimes it feels good to see a movie that's all about family values. This one, though, takes that concept to the violent extreme. Oh and Rebecca De Mornay. I don't need to follow that up with anything.

A psychotic family, the Koffins, return to their childhood home and terrorize the new tenants and their party guests in this remake of Mother's Day.

Loosely taking from the original 80's film of the same name, Mother's Day is a film that takes brutality and the concept of torture porn and has its merry little way with it. Even from the very beginning of the movie, you get a sense of urgency and that things are not going to be alright as one of the Koffins is severely wounded from a recent bank robbery. The first thing they do is head to their childhood home, which early on, you find out could have been avoided with one phone call. From the jump, you know you're in for a long, bumpy ride.

Even for those who are not into the "torture porn" sub-genre, one can say this movie has a fantastic plot and cast, including Lyriq Bent (also known as "Not Danny Glover" from the Saw series). The real crown jewel of this movie, though, is Rebecca De Mornay, a classic actress with more than enough chops to spare. Starting at the 20 minute mark, she easily (and dare, I say, sexily) steals the show as the calm sociopath, "Mother". Throughout much of the movie, her character is portrayed as a sort of teacher--someone her kids are constantly trying to impress and do right by. It actually makes you feel a little bad for them at times.

Without much of any relief throughout, there is a heavy feeling of tension as the new homeowners and their friends' lives are in constant danger, going through a series of torturous events ranging from being pitted against one another to the death to having boiling water poured into one of their ears. Even two strangers are forced to kill one another at an ATM. Yeah, this movie gets pretty brutal. But that's part of the fun, to be honest. And speaking of the torture and pain these characters go through, the special effects in this film are great. Nauseatingly so at times.

Overall, this is a movie that is not really for the faint of heart, but thanks to the plot can still be enjoyed by many. It's brutal and psychological with a touch of motherly love. You won't be let down in the slightest bit. I recommend Mother's Day for anyone who enjoys any combination of torture, home invasion and crime drama movies.




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Overall Rating: Bloody Pulp

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