Saturday, June 9, 2012
Mothers Day Brings The Noise
Bass! How Low Can you go....! I was on the road coming home from a Casino and had an interesting discussion about whether or not breaking and entering is a film genre. There are a lot of different movie genres that are mash ups of stand alone headings, and the breaking and entering genre doesn’t seem to be one of the classic monikers that you see when you go into a dying video store. Mothers Day is a remake of a 1980s slasher flick that had similar ethos, but not quite the same delivery mechanism. This film punches you in the face from the beginning, and then tries to unravel with more twists and turns than a Matthew Lillard cameo.
Much like my second favorite Christmas horror movie, this film starts out simple enough with a party of friends that have secrets, but won’t reveal them to each other unless they are in duress. A stage is set in this one with a bank robbery gone wrong, or rather, a baby being stolen. Something happened and putting together all the pieces after I’ve seen the film, is hard. Maybe I should start reviewing directly after watching cinema rather than coming back to it several days later and trying to put together something worth reading.
All that pretense aside, consider Mothers Day a combination of exploitation cinema and Tarantino style twists and turns. There are so many different pieces that get shoehorned together into a tale that is just not reasonable or even plausible. The possibility of things working out, are slim and dumb. The actor’s decisions are not rational, and they shouldn’t be, but the way they play out are just stupid. For instance, if I were in the fray, I’d have gotten the guys and ladies together and attacked with some sick blows to the head, and if I had to, scratch and bit my way to freedom. These poor saps cry, moan and get tortured.
The fights in the film are pretty cool, including one of the better chick fights I’ve seen in a long time. While it’s not going to win any awards, and more people will pass on the notion of a breaking and entering movie that also has a kidnapping sub plot, it does in fact have enough of an exploitation feel to make horror fans unite in applause, especially the more torturous scenes like one where hot boiling water is poured into a mans ear holes.
Mother’s Day is NOT a great film, but it is one of the more impactful movies in the horror genre. I feel that it was definitely something that should’ve been released sooner and with less gloss at times. In fact, there are a lot of glossy moments and for the subject matter, seems out of place. The twists and turns seem fair, but the overall picture is one that is not as satisfying as the gore and punishment that is rendered throughout the film. I recommend Mother’s Day as a horror movie and thriller, but it’s going to take some effort to “believe” the plausibility of the overall film.