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Film in cinema /Mom And Dad.

STARRING: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur, Robert Cunningham, Lance Henriksen, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Samantha Lemole. DIRECTOR: Brian Taylor. CERTIFICATE: 15, (86 mins) NUCLEAR families go into meltdown in writer-director Brian Taylor's deranged horror comedy, which conceives a sick and twisted battle of wits between children and their blood-crazed parents.

Retro opening titles accompanied by Dusty Springfield's rendition of 'Yesterday When I Was Young' perfectly set the scene for wanton carnage in leafy suburbia. The evisceration begins in earnest during the credits with a mother abandoning her SUV on a level crossing, her child perched on the back seat, as a speeding train bears down on the vehicle.

Soon after, another mother stabs her teenage son with a set of car keys, a father prepares to gore his boy with a broken bottle and another man suffocates his teenage daughter with a black bin liner.

The madness permeates a wide-eyed and wildly exaggerated lead performance from Nicolas Cage.

Here, the Oscar-winning actor rages against the world as a patriarch consumed by selfloathing and regret, who discovers that the best outlet for all that pent-up frustration could be a power saw held to the throats of his bickering children.

Bursts of static transmitted through television screens and radios ignite filicidal urges in mild-mannered parents.

As mass hysteria sweeps through America, Brent Ryan (Cage) and his wife Kendall (Selma Blair) struggle to connect with each other, their truculent daughter Carly (Anne Winters) and young son Josh (Zackary Arthur).

Mom And Dad is an entertaining and loopy satire on modern family values, which allows Cage to play unhinged at maximum volume.

And horror fans will delight at generous splashes of gore.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Mar 9, 2018
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