Mother's Day Review

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When a bank heist goes wrong, three criminal brothers head tp their mother's house for refuge. But she's moved, and the house is now occupied by a young couple (Jaime King, Frank Grillo), who are taken hostage by the brothers. Then their mum (Rebecca De Mornay) turns up and things go south.

★★★★★

The Original Hand That Rocks The Cradle psycho Rebecca De Mornay, now 51 and ageing beautifully, plays the matriarch of a criminal family which, after a robbery goes south, holes up at the house they used to own — with the new owners and their friends as hostages. As the tension ratchets up, along with the threat level, the friends begin to turn on each other in a desperate effort to save themselves and those closest to them. Darren Lynn Bousman, director of Saw II to IV, sticks the knife in and twists it slowly — with perhaps a couple of twists too many. Nevertheless, for those who like their horror with a little more character meat, this is a gory, effective chiller, with a dash of social satire (it could have used a dash more) and a faint whiff of misogyny.

A nasty little chiller from the Saw director with the evergreen De Mornay on top form.