Friday, May 18, 2012
Mother's Day (2010)
This particular remake seemed to avoid the ire of fans when the making of it was first announced. The original Troma production was both bizarre and downright nasty but not as highly regarded as most films in terms of 'Oh my god, that's a classic! How will they ever top it? What a travesty.' Helmed by Saw series vet Darren Lynn Bousman, genre fans seemed to be genuinely interested in the effort. Coupled with the fact that the mother was to be played by one of my favorite onscreen creepies, Rebecca 'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle' De Mornay, this felt like a remake that was primed to be better than it's predecessor. Well is it? Read on.
A trio of misfit brothers find themselves in a bit of a pickle. They just held up a bank and one of them got mortally injured in the process. Driving around and frantically trying to contact dear ol' mom (De Mornay) on their cellphone (whom they haven't seen in quite some time), they eventually give up and decide to head to their boyhood home with the hope that she's there to help them. The only problem? The house was foreclosed on not too long ago and the new occupants of the house are having a house warming party of sorts. Whoops.
Arriving at their former place of residence, the two non-injured boys encounter the unexpected group and quickly take control of the house. One of the friends is revealed to be a doctor and instantly he's threatened with the notion that if he doesn't save their injured brother, he will quickly be on the receiving end of a high caliber pistol.
The rest of the group party away in complete obliviousness. That is, of course, until they come into contact with one of the brothers who is wildly psychotic and would love nothing more than to kill off the whole lot. But his emotions are kept in check when dear ol' mom is finally reached and she arrives on the scene. Mom comes in and at first, she's a calming presence. She reassures the group that all they want to do is get out and get on with their lives. The only problem? Well there's more than one besides the son being injured. It's also revealed that the boys were sending huge wads of cash back home to mom and either the husband or wife were hiding the money somewhere in the house.
The vast majority of the rest of the film is a bit of a cat and mouse game as certain captives try to escape and get help and one of the boys takes the woman of the house out to get money out of the ATM. They need the money to pay some guy to get them across the border. Oh, and there is a subplot that involves mother being a baby snatcher and a notion that all of her kids may or may not be born of her womb.
The problem with the film is that it becomes very long and drawn out as not only the past of the mother is revealed but also why the money was being hidden from them. In addition, the only character that has more than one dimension is DeMornay's. But even that fact begins to grate as her performance fluctuates considerably. At first a calming presence, subdued, but with a bit of a sinister undertone, it then gives way to being really over the top and just downright silly.
Still, I've seen a lot worse. There are some great gore moments in the film and even though it could have benefited from some serious editing, it still kept my attention throughout. In terms of being better than the original, well, it's just different. Not quite as creepy but just as nasty. It's definitely worth a watch.
Cortez the Killer