Written October 28, 2014
Went to see tihs today expecting just an "ok" movie, and was surprised as I really enjoyed this movie. The story in this movie keeps you interested, its not just a blood and gore move with no real story, and as far as scary, its not all scares as there is story, but there are a few spots throughout the movie that will make you jump, there are spots that will leave ya on the edge wondering whats going to happen. Besides scary, its a creapy movie also. The acting in this movie was really good all the way around, and the two kids, especially the younger one, they definitely pulled off their parts at keeping ya creaped out. I also give congrats to the filming of this movie, the way they used the camera to film certain parts, it completely added to the chilling effect of the movie. If your looking for a good story with a scare element added into it, not dirty or foul, with great acting, then go see this, I'd give this 3 out of 4 stars myself, enjoy :) Feel free to add me for reviews
Written December 19, 2014
...but Mama does succeed in being creepy and has quite a few places that will make you jump.
Mama immediately throws you into a state of "what is going on?" and keeps you on edge. The plot setup requires the usual scary movie suspension of belief necessary to keep the story from crumbling before it gets to the meat and potatoes.
The middle of the movie rolls along nicely and delivers on the chills promised in the trailers.
Near the end it all unravels and Mama becomes predictable. The movie fully self destructs with an ending that's cliche, underwhelming, and sadly comical. I waited until after the credits ended in hopes the movie would tie up the two MAJOR loose ends that defeat the entire resolution of the movie.
Like Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro succeeds in bringing out the visuals; however, Mama's ending is as weak as PL's ending was strong and the movie has only a fraction of PL's Imagination. D+
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Written September 23, 2014
To be honesty, I didn't think MAMA would be any good. I'm a lover for horror movies.
I was wrong! MAMA's a thrill ride from the start. It's creepy and the suspense keeps you at the edge of your seat.
The plot was really good from the start. Although, I didn't care for the ending to much.
The cast was great! The cinematography was truly amazing.
This movie is definitely not for anyone under the age of 16.
Written September 19, 2014
I just saw Mama and I for one think it is very good it kept me on the edge of my seat,it was good all the way through.
Written December 26, 2014
Peeped early matinee of MAMA today and the theatre was almost empty. That should've told be something right there. I'd give it a "C+' for the few creepy scenes and sfx. The acting by the two little kids and Jessica Chastain was spot on. The plot is pretty atypical and by showing the ghost of Mama so early on, it really ruins the rest of the film, imho. You then can pretty much tell what comes next. A few mild scares & suspense, not the jump out of your seat, I can't watch what's going to happen next! lol. So, if you scare at the sound of "Boo", or of a 'threatening dust ball always circling on the floor (hint hint)" then maybe this will do it for you. If not, go, but don't expect much and form your own opinion. Or save $$ and catch it on VOD/Cable. After seeing Pan's Labyrinth, expected more from director Guillermo del Toro. Wish they'd spent more time developing the script, MAMA had potential. Boo!