Click here to see the official trailer.
The movie stars Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain (‘Zero Dark Thirty’) who extends her range of roles by playing a tattooed, rock-band chick named Annabel living with Lucas, a struggling artist.
When Lucas’ two young nieces, Victoria and Lilly, are discovered miraculously after living on their own in the wilderness for five years, Annabel is less-than-enthused about caring for the feral children.
Vivid nightmares, unexplained sounds in the house and a psychiatrist’s investigation reveal the children had a guardian in the forest, a mysterious figure they call Mama.
Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse are outstanding as the two children trying to adjust to civilization, and Daniel Kash is solid in the role of the persistent psychiatrist hoping to gain fame from the case study.
Mama herself is a complicated entity, terrifying in appearance but as emotionally fragile as a moth’s wings beating against a flickering light.
The dream imagery and the theme of a mother-figure who tries to protect her children against a supernatural force may remind moviegoers of 2002 horror thriller ‘The Ring,’ although ‘Mama’ is less intense and relies more on atmosphere.
'Mama' opened nationwide Friday, Jan. 18, and is playing at theaters in Huntsville, Ala.
Check here for showtimes and tickets.
Rated PG-13. Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes.