Plot: Bird (Kathryn Prescott) loves photography and works in a second hand shop after school. There her co-worker Tyler (Davi Santos) presents her with an old polaroid camera. Excited, Bird snaps a picture of him but realizes that there is a smudge in the picture – maybe the lens is damaged. A few hours later, Tyler turns up dead and it doesn’t take long for Bird to realizes that whoever is photographed with the camera dies.
I rather enjoyed the short film this long version is based on, but the full-length film, unfortunately, doesn’t quite convince. It’s not a complete loss, but maybe we should have all just stuck with the short film here.
5 years ago, Lucas’ (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) twin brother Jeffrey went on a killing spree, then kidnapped his daughters and disappeared with them into the woods. Now the girls Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) and Victoria (Megan Charpentier) have been found. Somehow, they managed to survive on their own out there. But when Lucas and his girlfriend Annabelle (Jessica Chastain) take the two of them in under the supervision of psychologist Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash), Annebelle soon begins to wonder how alone the girls actually were and what followed them back to the house.
The first hour or so, Mama was a tense, stylish masterpiece. But then the film loses drive and I had my problems with Mama’s backstory and the ending.