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One bad mother: A review of Netflix’s “The Mother”


By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I, the adrenaline addicted action movie fan Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now dear readers, as you almost certainly know by now I am a huge fan of action movies, from “John Wick” too “Terminator” and beyond, I love a movie I can just turn on, turn by brain off and for a short time just enjoy the fact that explosions go boom and guns go pow. So upon coming across a new action film by the name of “The Mother” I was interested in figuring out at least if I could put it on when I write. Upon realizing it starred Jennifer Lopez I was very interested. The idea of pop singer Lopez playing a tough no nonsense killing machine was an interesting prospect and well, it didn’t disappoint. 

The film stars Lopez as the titular mother, a mysterious, remorseless and hyper lethal assassin who upon getting pregnant and discovering her employer’s true nature, attempts to turn information to the FBI with disastrous results. Realizing her newborn daughter could never have a good life under her care she gives her up for adoption and disappears into the shadows hoping to just fade away as the corpses of her past rot away into nothingness. However, the past is not so easily forgotten and to protect her daughter, the mother must emerge from the shadows one more time to wage a one-woman war against the forces seeking to do her daughter harm. 

Also along for the ride is Omari Hardwick who had roles in films such as “Kickass” and TV shows such as “Power” as William Cruise, an FBI agent and ally of the mother. Joseph Fiennes of “Shakespeare in Love” fame plays Adrian Lovell, a ruthless and remorseless ex S.A.S. marine and full blown nut job obsessed with punishing and destroying the mother whatever it takes targeting her daughter to achieve this goal. Gael Garcia Bernal known for roles in projects such as “Werewolf by Night” and “Cassandro” plays the part of Hector Alveraz, an arms dealer also obsessed with revenge on the mother as well as the occult. Lucy Paez stars as the mother’s young daughter Zoe. Jessie Garcia who has had parts in TV shows such as “The Last Ship” and “From Dusk till Dawn: The Series” also plays the part of Tarantula, an agent of Alveraz. 

So this movie…  is actually better than I expected. I’m gonna confess, when I saw it starred Lopez I wasn’t expecting all that much, I thought it was gonna be one of those so bad it’s good movies, a category that many of her movies fall into, but it was actually pretty good. I mean it wasn’t “The Batman” levels of great action movies or anything but it was enjoyable in the way action movies are supposed to be. It’s entertaining as an action movie not in an unintentional comedy sort of way. I give it a solid six torches out of 10, I highly recommend it. 

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