Review: ‘MARY’ brings sea-faring scares but might be a sinking ship.

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SYNOPSIS: David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.

I will start by saying there are a lot of great things about this film. Genuinely frightening visual moments and a fantastically effective score by The Newton Brothers add to the atmosphere of terror. What I was missing is the clarification between the siren legend and missing children specifically. Sirens tend to temp sailors to their death, while adding in an entirely separate curse aspect into the story feels a bit muddled. The madness set upon each character is actually incredibly intriguing. Therein lies my confusion. I feel like there are almost too many storylines happening at once. Infidelity doesn’t seem to be a necessary backstory and in no way is this a showcase for Gary Oldman‘s talents. If anything, he feels more and more ancillary once the focus completely shifts to Emily Mortimer‘s experiences. The acting from every single cast member is top-notch. Owen Teague, in particular, is hands down scary. MARY has incredible potential. I just think the script could have used one more pass.

RLJE Films will release the horror / thriller, MARY in theaters, on demand and digital HD on October 11, 2019.

MARY stars Academy Award winner Gary Oldman (Darkest HourThe Dark Knight), Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns, Lars and the Real Girl), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Murder on the Orient Express, The Magnificent Seven), Stefanie Scott (Beautiful Boy, Insidious: Chapter 3), Chloe Perrin (“Single Parents,” The Diabolical), Douglas Urbanski (RoboCop, The Social Network), with Jennifer Esposito (“The Boys,” “NCIS) and Owen Teague (It, It Chapter 2). The film is directed by Michael Goi (‘American Horror Story,” Megan Is Missing) and written by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows, “Love You To Death”).

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