Written April 26, 2015
I'm already a Jessica Chastain fan, and she didn't let me down. I fell in love with her in The Help, then she transformed for The Debt, and again for this movie (I haven't seen ZDT yet.)
The cinematography was way better than most horror flicks. I'm always weary of child actors (it seems that cute trumps talent most of the time,) but both little girls were amazing.
The plot was formulaic horror fodder, but the ending was definitely outside the formula.
Without the acting, this movie would have been a "so-so" for me.
Written October 26, 2014
We saw the previews, & thought it looked pretty good. The story didn't make sense & it was just stupid. I was ready to walk out the first few minutes of the movie. Very disappointed.
Written May 23, 2015
I just went to see the movie last night. I was slightly disappointed,I thought it was going to be more drama, more nail biting scariness, but it was not. It had a few jumps here and there, but that was it. It reminds me so much of the Grudge with similarities from the Ring as well. If I had to grade this movie I would rate it as a B- or C+.
Written December 28, 2014
Horror movies tend to have a consistent formula which makes them predictable even when scary. Mama actually has some very good variations with the film that make it a different kind of film. The use of lighting and sound help to keep the always imminent presence of danger close at hand. The movie had a good storyline and keeps you at the edge of your seat for the most part looking through your fingers. Overtly terrifying? No. A subtle way that keeps your constantly creeped out and on edge? Definitely. This was a horror movie I felt good paying for to see in the theaters. I recommend it to any fan to take a look.
Written January 31, 2015
Enough suspense and good plot. People were screaming in the theatre every time the ghost appeared... She was that scary looking. I think a rating of R would have been better, it would have avoided all the kids in there. I totally enjoyed it and will recommend to my friends.