Definitely something terrible is happening on in the peaceful suburban community as, one day to another, former loving and caring parents mysteriously turn into ravenous carriers of an unfathomable pandemic that targets their offspring. Suddenly, every son and daughter (not only in the neighborhood but also in the entire nation) must to run for their lives, as the rage-filled murderous intent is simply as unstoppable as it is inexplicable. Of course, Brent and Kendall's teenage children are no exception, and before long, the simmering but usual familial tensions will take a completely different meaning. Kids, stop hiding. Mum and Dad love you so much.Written by
Crazy Cage is the highlight of this otherwise forgettable event
It's not often you'd say this about a film that's central premise revolves around parents wanting to hunt down and violently murder their children, but Mom and Dad needed to be a little more crazy and unhinged to make its downright bonkers plot click.
Directed by one half of Crank directing duo, Brian Taylor, Mom and Dad is far from your typical movie going experience in many ways and serves up some juicy black comedy goodies in amongst its horror/thriller elements but it never takes its out there premise far enough as we are instead treated to a more generic "trapped in a house scenario" that is saved from tedium by a joyously unhinged Nicolas Cage performance that is a sure-fire new addition to the Nicolas Cage anti-terrorism alert system.
Teaming up with Selma Blair as his on-screen wife Kendall, Cage plays one time petrol-head turned more mild mannered white collar working Brent, whose pent up rage and resentment towards his life is fully unleashed when a virus/outbreak of unknown origins turns loving mother's and father's into murderous maniacs as our leading man goes full "Cage" in his performance.
With a psychotic glee in his eye and a wide spanning smile, Cage has a blast bringing Brent to life and while its far from what you'd call a "good" performance, there's an odd and satisfying feeling from getting to see Cage unleash such an unhinged creation and with that, some of the year's most memorable and off-kilter scenes, with a pool table dismantling and a run in with Lance Henriksen the highlights.
His clearly having a great time with the whole silly affair and perfectly encapsulates just what a film like Mom and Dad needs to take its insane premise to the next level.
If Mom and Dad had truly joined in with Cage to match his same amount of intensity and craziness, it might've become a genuine cult-classic but as it stands this idea and its inception feels rather half-baked and as the film wears on and thinner over a period of a brief 80 or so minutes, you can't help but feel Mom and Dad missed its chance to make its mark.
Final Say -
There's a fun to be had here, thanks largely to a Red-Bull infused Nicolas Cage taking matters into his own hands, but this seemingly blood filled black comedy never completely commits to its high-concept idea as we are instead treated to a rather generic and increasingly boring home set thriller in its latter half.
2 ½ coat-hangers out of 5
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