Watch Mother's Day (2010) | Synopsis and Review

 Don't be fooled by movie titles that are very nuanced with family films a la Walt Disney! The latest version of director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II (2005), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)) of the classic thriller of the same name by director Charles Kaufman which was popular when it was released in 1980, Mother's Day offers quite a lot. bloody scenes that will be able to satisfy fans of films of this genre. In contrast to films with the same theme with a storyline that tends to be monotonous, Bousman is able to integrate every gore nuanced scene in Mother's Day into the main story so that the presence of the series of scenes becomes an important element in the film and not just became an exhibition venue for a series of scenes with shades of sadism for the audience.

Despite being a remake, Bousman's Mother's Day is a completely different work when compared to Kaufman's controversial work. Bousman seems to just take the soul from Kaufman's Mother's Day and then turn it into a thriller that fits the modern storytelling era. Make no mistake! Although Bousman omitted almost all of the controversial scenes from Kaufman's original Mother's Day script in the film, Bousman is still able to provide a sense of horror of its own in this script by Scott Milam. Bousman also inserts some scenes and dialogues from Kaufman's Mother's Day into his film which, of course, is aimed at paying homage to Kaufman's classic thriller.

Mother's Day tells the story of three robber brothers, Ike (Patrick Flueger), Addley (Warren Kole) and Johnny Koffin (Matt O'Leary), who, after a failed bank robbery, leave Johnny with severe gunshot wounds. worse, intend to return to their mother's house. Unexpectedly, when they got home, they found out that the house was no longer owned by their mother. They also arrest the couple who own the house, Beth (Jaime King) and Daniel Sohapi (Frank Grillo). Together with the two, there were still some of Beth and Daniel's friends who were gathering to celebrate Daniel's birthday.

Not long after, the mother of the three robbers (Rebecca De Mornay) finally arrived with their sister, Lydia (Deborah Ann Woll). Instead of improving the situation, the mother of the three robbers turned out to be a single parent who instilled wrong principles into her children. The arrival of the mother herself to the house turned out to have other purposes and goals. He wanted to find the money his children had sent him. Beth and Daniel deny their mother's accusation that they kept the money. But, of course, the mother would not give up so easily. Along with his four children, he takes Beth, Daniel and their friends captive and threatens to kill them one by one if he doesn't get the money soon.


Bousman's Mother's Day is an entirely different horror adventure from Kaufman's classic… in a much better sense. Unlike Kaufman's work, Bousman's Mother's Day has a deeper characterization of the characters presented throughout the story of this film. These characters have their own problems, which as the story progresses, will trigger several additional sub-plots that make Bousman's Mother's Day a little more complex when compared to Kaufman's work. And fortunately, Bousman is able to execute each problem quite well. The intensity of the suspense of the story is well developed, with several scenes in between, will be able to make every audience stunned and hold their breath.

Another advantage of this film is the lineup of a very strong cast. Undoubtedly, Bousman needs a reliable actress to play the character of the mother, the main antagonist character who is in full control of the storyline throughout this film. And Bousman, again, made a smart choice by placing actress Rebecca De Mornay to play the character. De Mornay has such cold eyes and body language that even without a single dialogue, his presence is enough to give the other characters a sense of horror.

The presence of De Mornay is also able to be balanced with perfect acting from actress Jaime King. King's role as Beth, a protagonist, initially had to share a lot with other protagonists. Even so, as the film's story progresses, Bethy's character is increasingly getting a large portion of the story. At the same time, King was able to display his best acting game. Seeming frail at first, King is then able to mold Beth as a strong character and fight all the terrors she faces. De Mornay and King did appear optimally, but Mother's Day has a strong acting department filler so that none of the actors look stupid and only used as victims of a mere gore scene.

The word remake is probably a word that is enough to make many people hold their breath due to the lack of remake films that are able to have quality far above the original film. Fortunately, Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day is one of a handful of such quality remakes. With the direction of the script by Scott Milam, Bousman distances Mother's Day from the image as an exploitation film that has been created by the original film. Giving greater focus on developing characterization and story scripts, Bousman makes Mother's Day more of a psychological terror with several gore moments that Bousman manages to exploit as an important part of the storytelling elements of his film. Mother's Day also managed to appear different by presenting a row of actors who were able to appear to bring their characters to life well and not just be present as mere victims. Bousman is indeed known as the director of Repo! The Genetic Opera and some

messy Saw series. But with Mother's Day, Bousman seems to be able to prove that he is a horror director who deserves attention.

Mother's Day (The Genre Co./Rat Entertainment/LightTower Entertainment/Troma Entertainment/Optimum Releasing, 2010)

Mother's Day (2010)

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman Produced by Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Jay Stern, Brian Witten Written by Scott Milam, Charles Kaufman, Warren Leight (screenplay), Scott Milam (story) Starring Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Briana Evigan, Patrick Flueger , Deborah Ann Woll, Alexa Vega, Shawn Ashmore, Frank Grillo, Tony Nappo, Matt O'Leary, Lisa Marcos, Kandyse McClure, Lyriq Bent, Jessie Rusu, AJ Cook, Warren Kole, J. Larose Music by Bobby Johnston Cinematography Joseph White Editing by Lindsey Hayes Kroeger Studio The Genre Co./Rat Entertainment/LightTower Entertainment/Troma Entertainment Distributed by Optimum Releasing Running time 112 minutes Country United States Language English

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