Mother’s Day – USA, 2010 – reviews

 

Mother’s Day is a 2010 American horror thriller film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. It is a remake of Charles Kaufman’s 1980 film of the same name and was written by Scott Millam. It stars Rebecca De Mornay.

After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers, on the run from the law, head for home, hoping their Mother (De Mornay) can provide them with a getaway. The youngest brother, Johnny (O’Leary), has been shot and their back-stabbing former partner has gotten away with all the cash.

But when the brothers get home, they find that all their stuff is gone and Mother is nowhere to be found. She lost the house months ago in a foreclosure. The new owners, Beth and Daniel Sohapi (King and Grillo) and their guests, gathered for an ill-timed birthday party, become the brothers’ unwitting hostages.

Not long after, Mother arrives, along with the boys’ sister Lydia (Ann Woll), and it soon becomes clear that Mother will do absolutely anything to protect her offspring…

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Review:

Director Darren Lynn Bousman shows his Saw roots with some brutal and genuinely horrifying moments of physical and psychological torture, and keeps the film moving at full throttle, layering on scenes that are remarkable in their savagery and cruelty.

The film perfectly shows a situation that – as Mother herself points out – could have ended quickly and without much pain spiraling out of control, and when she tells one character that all this has been their fault for lying about the cash, you can’t help but agree.

David Flint, MOVIES & MANIA

Other reviews:

Undoubtedly, DeMornay does a plausible job with the creepy mother role, easily outclassing everyone else on the screen. But she is badly let down by a script that does nothing but deliver ugly and absurd moments of violence, and the film occasionally tries to produce stomach-turning mind-games in the manner of Saw.” The Guardian

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Cast and characters:

  • Rebecca De Mornay as Natalie “Mother” Koffin, mother of Ike, Addley, Johnny, and Lydia. Controlling and very manipulative, she uses the hostages’ personal problems to her advantage.
  • Jaime King as Beth Sohapi, the damaged wife of Daniel and main protagonist.
  • Patrick Flueger as Izzak “Ike” Koffin, eldest son of Mother, whom naturally is alpha-male of the brothers.
  • Warren Kole as Addley Koffin, second eldest son of Mother. He has problems controlling his anger and vents his frustrations via the hostages.
  • Deborah Ann Woll as Lydia Koffin, quiet and timid, she is the only daughter of Mother.
  • Briana Evigan as Annette Langston, the younger girlfriend of Dave. Strong and independent, she is described by Mother as a ‘tough cookie’.
  • Shawn Ashmore as George Barnum, boyfriend of Melissa and a doctor.
  • Frank Grillo as Daniel Sohapi, the unfaithful husband of Beth.
  • Lisa Marcos as Julie Ross, colleague of Daniel, whom is also having an affair with him.
  • Matt O’Leary as Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Koffin, youngest son of Mother, who has been shot and injured in a bank robbery gone awry.
  • Lyriq Bent as Treshawn Jackson, the devoted husband of Gina.
  • Tony Nappo as Dave Lowe, the older boyfriend of Annette.
  • Kandyse McClure as Gina Jackson, wife of Treshawn.
  • Jessie Rusu as Melissa McGuire, girlfriend of George.
  • Jason Wishnowski as Charlie (scenes cut).
  • J. Larose as Terry
  • Alexa Vega as Jenna Luther, a party girl
  • A. J. Cook as Vicky Rice, another party girl
  • Mike O’Brien as Officer Skay, a police officer

Filming locations:

Manitoba and Winnipeg, Canada

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