#134 / 365 – ‘Mothers Day’ – 112 mins
Cinema Challenge #54 / 115
After a bank robbery gone wrong, the violent, criminal Koffin Brothers head for home, only to discover that their mother lost the house in a foreclosure. The new owners are having a birthday party, but they soon become hostages to the sadistic brothers. When their mother and sister arrive, it becomes clear that Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) will do absolutely anything to protect her boys. As Mother takes control of the situation and begins to plan her sons’ escape, the hostages realise they’re up against an almost unbelievably evil adversary.
Rebecca De Mornay returns on blistering form as a terrifying matriarch, to match her iconic role as ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle’ nanny-from-hell. Director Darren Lynn Bousman of Saw II, III and IV fame does show moments of brutalness but doesn’t commit to full-on nastiness that is required by the plot and elects to spend the overlong screen time displaying too many unbelievable situations between its characters and an ending you’ll never see coming because quite frankly its ridiculous.
Whilst this very dysfunctional family shows some great loyalty amongst themselves, your loyalty towards this movie quickly evaporates and if you want more creepy and tension filled home invasion flicks, seek out – ‘The Strangers’.