January 26th, 2013 at 11:04 am by under A Look at the Movies

Two_StarRated PG-13
1 hour 40 minutes

Starring: Jessica Chastain

I ask you, what’s a marvelously gifted movie star like Jessica Chastain doing in a cheap horror film like “Mama”?

It’s enough to make Chastain fans cringe in horror. Luckily, Chastain’s barely recognizable under a black wig. She’s hardly shown to good advantage as a clueless Good Samaritan who adopts two really strange children.

When one of the cast members mumbles that things will get better, I can assure you this low power ghost story doesn’t get any better. The deeply disturbed children can only relate to an overly protective maternal demon. You keep asking yourself throughout the film, why did Jessica Chastain lower herself having to fake the heebie jeebies in this warmed over “Poltergeist”?

Even with ghostly images coming out of the woodwork, the terror is strictly of the ho-hum variety, much too tame for horror fans expecting blood curdling thrills and chills. What did you expect from a tepid PG-13 shocker?

This paranormal foolishness lapses into cheap sentiment and hardly makes a ripple on your nervous system with 2 stars. There was movie years ago called “I Remember Mama”. You’ll forget all about this “Mama” in no time at all.

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