Mara (2018)

Directed by Clive Tonge.  Written by Tonge and Jonathan Frank.  Starring Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, Javier Botet, Rosie Fellner, Lance E. Nichols and Ted Johnson.

Plot: a criminal psychologist investigates the mysterious strangling death of a man in bed.


Mara opens with a man dying in his sleep at the hands of a sleep demon (Botet).  His wife is blamed, so they take her away from her little girl and lock her up.  But then the psychiatrist, Kate (Kurylenko) begins having sleep paralysis and swears she sees something.  This causes her to start believing the woman she helped to put away.  Sort of.

The problem with Kate and the movie in general, is that she and the movie are very uneven.  Kate is so hypocritical as a character.  One minute she believes everything, the next minute she believes nothing, then back again.  No one else believes anything either, except for one character, Doug (Conway), who sadly has a tragic ending you can see coming from a mile away.

While Mara was creepy as shit, there was no real innovation, we didn’t like the story and the ending sucked.  We don’t recommend.  Guess Netflix can’t be right about everything.

My score: 38.  DJ’s score: 31.

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