Mom is a film that excels in its cinematic moments. Its revenge based story is a little too familiar, but the treatment and the obsession with finer details make this thriller an engrossing experience. The film is peppered with strong dramatic moments that keep appearing every few minutes and each one leaves a lasting impact on the viewer. The core theme here is that of a mother, struggling to keep the relationship with her daughter alive.
That intimate premise unfolds in a more familiar revenge story where an ordinary mother hatches an unlikely but murderous plot to bring vigilante justice to her daughter’s rapists. Mom is a heavy duty, darkly dramatic film that doesn’t mince its ideas. It’s a story full of brutality and shock. The dramatic punches are what make this film such a gratifying experience.
Mom is not an easy film to watch. The stark power of the first half is quite overwhelming. It’s doesn’t help when Sridevi acts out of her skin. Every time she trembles and cries, she draws the viewer in. Every emotion that’s served up in Mom – despair, suffering, frustration, anger etc comes forth with Sridevi’s performance. Sajal Ali playing the distant daughter who suffers a horrible tragedy is great in maintaining the coldness of her character. The film also has Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in supporting roles.
While the situations in the second half are written with perfect logic, they are bit lofty. The action and the suspense approach distracts from the much more powerful story of mother, daughter and a family slowly nursing itself out of tragedy. But that’s how it plays out. The crucial moment in the climax though, makes it all worth the while. Mom is quite literally a thrill-a-minute ride. Its scenes are powerful and the best part is, the effort put in by the actors. Director Ravi Udyawar crafts an intense, taut and gratifying thriller.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 5, 2017