Oh boy, if you needed more proof that Nicolas Cage is just one bizarre, unpredictable explosion of a human being that’s ever lived, then you might want to check out this! Hatched from the insane mind responsible for giving us the Crank movies, Mom and Dad sees the kids trying to survive their parents.
A mysterious electronic signal causes all parents on the planet to violently kill their kids. If you stop and think about it, that concept is very bleak and grim idea, and it’s even more insane that the dad trying to murder you is Nicolas freakin’ Cage! This movie is one fast, mean, utterly-deranged animal, and it’s credit to writer/director Brian Taylor delivering on the insanity and gore while also have a solid understanding of the bleak situation that the premise offers.
Does all this equal a great movie? Hell no! For one, it’s frenetically edited and paced, and comes of more like a hugely expensive student film than a feature movie. The way the flashbacks are spliced in throughout the film is a little too distracting from the main action, plus the sincerity feels a tad to out of place with the insane carnage that’s happening in the other scenes. Also, a lot of the dialogue is total cheesetastic! (“My mum is such a penis!”) However, is it fun to watch? Hell yes! It’s still delightful to see Nic Cage act truly fucking nuts! Seriously, no more drugs for that man! Whenever he’s smashing up a pool table while screaming the Hokey Cokey or going into a rant that involves him to hilariously mutter “anal beads”, it’s just a delight seeing this volatile crazy man become totally unhinged, and I’m not surprised that Taylor chose to embrace Cage’s eccentricity rather than control it.
What’s even more hilarious is that the filmmakers attempt to make the rest of the movie just as eccentric as Cage and his antics. Surprisingly, Selma Blair is really damn good in this as we see this broken down tragic mother suddenly pushed to the breaking point and becomes just as deranged as Cage albeit in a deadpan sort of way. Blair gives real ferocity and gusto and she comes out of it all unscathed, also Anne Winters was solid as the plucky daughter trying to survive the carnage that is happening.
Is this a good movie to recommend? Kinda hard to say since it is a bona-fide batshit crazy-fest for better and for worse depending on you and what your preferences are. This may be somewhat of a perfunctory movie to be truly outstanding, but it can be a lot fun to watch, as long as you are aware of what you are getting yourself into. Plus, you get to see some inspired Nicolas Cage lunacy on display, so what’s not to like?
Dir: Brian Taylor
Scr: Brian Taylor
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur, Robert T. Cunningham, Olivia Crocicchia, Brionne Davis, Samantha Lemole, Lance Henriksen
Prd: Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros
DOP: Daniel Pearl
Music: Mr. Bill
Run time: 83 mins
MOM AND DAD is available on Digital Download now and on Blu-Ray™ and DVD July 16