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Mama (2013)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 18 January 2013 (USA)
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A young couple take in their 2 nieces only to suspect that a supernatural spirit named Mama has latched itself to their family.

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Lilly (as Isabelle Nelisse)
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Jean Podolski / Mama (Voice)
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Ron
Christopher Marren ...
Cop (as Chris Marren)
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Nina
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Louise
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Storyline

The senior partner of an investment brokerage, Jeffrey Desange, has a breakdown due to a financial collapse and kills several co-workers and his estranged wife. He then kidnaps his two young daughters, Victoria 3 and Lilly just 1. He drives his car recklessly through a winding snow covered road. He loses control of his car and drives off an embankment. He finds an abandoned and isolated cabin where he plans to kill his daughters, but the children are saved by a dark ghostly image. After five years of searching and depleting his savings, Jeffrey's twin brother, Lucas, finds the children that were raised without social interaction and claim that they have been raised by 'Mama'. Lucas disputes the custody with the children's Great Aunt but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is working with the girls, helps Lucas get custody of the girls so that he can still have access to them. Lucas, his girlfriend Annabel, Victoria and Lilly move into a house provided by the institute that Dr. Dreyfuss works for. Lucas... Written by Stephanie Carter

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A mother's love is forever.

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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18 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Mamá  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,123,052 (USA) (20 January 2013)

Gross:

$71,628,180 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Jessica Chastain, Annabel's octopus tattoo describes her character. When Annabel found herself caught in a situation she did not like, such as the octopus, she would take off her tentacles and grow new tentacles to escape. See more »

Goofs

When Victoria hits Lucas when he first visits her following her return from the wilderness, his hair is ruffled. His hair then changes several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ron: [Finding the girls] Burnsie! Can we call them now!
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References Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) See more »

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Nightmares
Written by Junkie XL, J. Stevens, F. Xavier and M. Sharrad
Performed by Junkie XL
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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Mama has flaws, but great concept
19 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked this movie and the concept for it was original. I think this film makes the viewer think about what the characteristics are of being a mother. What sort of instincts we as woman can display and what kind of connections can be made with a child, even if you're a terrifying ghost.

Del Toro will always put his name on a good thriller surrounding small children. This movie had all the thrills of a scary movie and the elements fright used in the film had everyone in my theater on the edge of the seat. The movie waist no time getting into the meat of the story.

There are flaws in the film and it does have to do with plot holes. The director could have worked these holes out with other writers......like Del Toro perhaps. The back story had the hugest gap of all.

Regardless, it was better than 'Don't be Afraid of the Dark', and I will be seeing this film again.


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