M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters (2020) Movie Review

Director: Tucia Lyman

Writer: Tucia Lyman (Screenplay)

Starring: Melinda Page Hamilton, Bailey Edwards, Edward Asner, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Julian de la Celle, Sevan Aliksanian, Lili Peper, Spence Scott

Plot: A distraught mother suspects her teenage son is plotting a school shooting, but when he slips through the cracks of the system, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. After installing an elaborate spy camera system in their home, Abbey captures a series of disturbing videos that confirm her worst fears. Torn between a mother’s unconditional love and a mother’s acute intuition, Abbey caters her videos to all the other “mothers of monsters” online. Abbey’s plan backfires when Jacob uses a dark family secret against her, launching both mother and son on a terrifying, and ultimately deadly, game of cat and mouse.


Tagline – A distraught mother suspects her teenage son is a psychopath who may shoot up his high school, but when he outsmarts the mental healthcare system she is forced to take matters into her own hands… A Mothers Worst Nightmare.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Intense Thriller

Story: M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters starts as we see all the recordings Abbey (Hamilton) has made of her interactions with her son Jacob (Edwards) through the years, now he is high school age, her concern about his behaviour continues to grow, only nobody is listening to her concerns.

As Abbey is trying to keep watch over Jacob, her contacts start reflecting what happened to her in her past, leading down the path of wondering if it is her losing it or it is history repeating itself.

Thoughts on M.O.M Mothers of Monsters

Characters – Abbey is the concerned mother, she has always thought something was wrong with her son and now she believes are becoming more intense, she wants to document the problems in hope of getting to the bottom of it, only her own past might be motivating the truth behind why she is suspecting everything. Jacob is the son, now a teenager with his own interests away from the world, he likes things that most teenagers wouldn’t, which is why his mother sees him as a threat. He uses his intelligence to stay ahead of her, which only continues to push her away no matter how hard he tries to prove he is harmless. Everyone else we meet gives advice or shows the concern for Abbey along the way.

PerformancesMelinda Page Hamilton and Bailey Edwards do nearly all the work in this film, their performances carry everything which is important as we see just how desperate they are to show the problems their characters are showing.

StoryThe story here follows a mother trying to figure out whether her son is a threat to the world by recording their everyday life, only to see the tension between the two, to become dangerous on new levels. This story does show how being a concerned parent could see things start to get out of control, this does show how the parental relationship can be tested and that some people will always have a fear of history repeating itself. We do get some twists along the way, with the truth behind Abbey’s motivations being kept secret for the most part of the film.

ThrillerThe film uses the thrilling side to keep us on edge, never giving us a side to believe, on whether Jacob will or won’t be a threat to the world.

SettingsNearly everything is kept inside the one house, this shows us how the tension between the two have been increasing through the years.


Scene of the Movie – The final straw.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – This story does feel like it needing a little bit more study on the help Abbey tried to get for Jacob, with us only learning little parts of this side of things.

Final Thoughts This is a film that plays into the relationship between a mother and son that could see thing spiral out of control with two powerhouse performances.

Overall: Powerful Performance Driven Movie.

M.O.M. movie is avail on Amazon Prime here:

http://bit.ly/MOM-OnAmazon

ABC Film Challenge – Action – T – Thirst (2015)

Director: Greg Kiefer

Writer: Elizabeth Hansen (Screenplay) Greg Kiefer (Story)

Starring: John Redlinger, Jes Macallan, Karl Makinen, Clare Niederpruem, Ryan Zimmer, Cardiff Gerhardt

 

Plot: When a group of wayward teens arrive at a desert boot camp, with no communication, and nowhere to run to, they realize their only chance for survival is to fight for their lives.

Tagline – It came from outer space…It came hungry.

Runtime: 1 Hours 27 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Survival Horror

 

Story: Thirst starts by heading to the desert boot camp run by Claire (Macallan) and Burt (Makinen) who are running low on funds forcing Roth (Redlinger) to become the reluctant guide. The guests are a string of wayward teens including Courtney (Niederpruem), Lius (Zimmer), Trapper (Gerhardt) and Meeka (Santos) who are not happy about being here.

When the group finds themselves under attack from an unknown creature, they must put aside their differences to battle to survive.

 

Thoughts on Thirst

 

Characters – Roth is the young guide forced into leading the camp, he knows how to survive in the open space and will have to put any differences he has aside to lead the teenagers to safety. Claire runs the camp which has been her heart and soul, even though they are running low of funds she knows she is doing a good thing for the people involved. Burt is the partner in working at the camp, he is a former cag fighter whose reputation has gotten him in trouble before. Courtney is one of the teenagers sent here, along with the rest they all fit the generic collection of teens you would imagine seeing in this film.

PerformancesWhen we look at the performances John Redlinger is the best of an average cast, the teenagers are played out just like they need to without being original the parental figures are too, nobody is terrible, while nobody stands out as anything you will remember.

StoryThe story here follows a group of teenagers sent to a boot camp in the middle of the desert, where they come under attack from an alien creature that is sucking the life out of the victims. This is a survival horror sci-fi so we get plenty of disposable characters, a reluctant hero and a creature that can’t be stopped easily. The ingredients are all here and the story is kept simple to follow, we don’t get twists, we just have a battle to survive which is all we needed from this story. it could be said to have borrowed from a few previous films in the genre, but it doesn’t do too much wrong with what it uses.

Action/Sci-FiThe action involves the attacks which becoming bigger as the film unfolds, with the sci-fi side include the new original looking alien creature, which might be heavily CGI, but does feel like a threat.

SettingsThe film is set in the desert, which take away the idea of communication to escape which is good, with isolation being the most important part of the film’s creations.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag, certain moments do look good, while other moments are clear CGI and disconnect from moments in the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The teenage characters a painful stereotypical.

Final ThoughtsThis is an entertaining late night movie experience, you can enjoy the good and bad this film has to offer to give us a good time without taking things too seriously.

 

Overall: Late night tv special.

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