Whatever you do, do NOT sleep!
Having problems falling asleep at night? Are you tossing and turning in bed all night? Or are frightening nightmares disturbing your well-deserved sleep? Well, in that case, I advise you not to watch "Mara", because it could possibly get worse. Now, I myself have absolutely no problems with that and always enjoy a carefree night's sleep. To be honest this film won't be the cause of me lying awake in bed while staring frightened at the ceiling. In itself it wasn't a bad movie, but I didn't think it was too original. And certainly not scary. "Mara" is a kind of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" with a similar creature as in "Mama" who surprises certain people with a nightly visit. The reason why some enjoy this privilege is a little bland. I am certain that half of the world's population would be eligible for this.
Kate (Olga "Oblivion" Kurylenko) is a psychologist who is called upon in a murder case. A murder case in which a wife killed her husband in his sleep. Kate has to use all her psychological knowledge to judge the suspect's mental state. At first, it seems like Kate is a wise person who uses her analytical, down-to-earth reasoning to come to a final conclusion. But as she gets entangled in the mystery of the demon who visits poor souls during their sleep (in different stages), this intellectual attitude seems to disappear like snow in the sun. Believe me. Would I experience a few frightening confrontations with this illustrious creature, I would really believe in what those others were saying. Moreover, if I had visible evidence on video, I certainly would go to the detective who's investigating the case to let him know what I discovered. Oh, but not our Kate. Oh no. She's dead silent about it.
The fact that the succubus Mara eerily resembles the phenomenon of "Mama", isn't coincidental. That's because the person who played both creeps is one and the same. Namely the Spanish actor Javier Botet. Again such a creepy, skeletal creature that walks in a staggering way. In addition to that, she also produces eerie noises. It sounds like the horrible cracking of bones. But unfortunately, she appears in the distance. In the dark, you can hardly see her. And apart from a few (very predictable) jump scares, there's actually nothing to be scared about. I'm certain the sleep deprivation is the cause of their hallucinations. But that's just my sober, realistic side speaking.
No, you really can't say this film is fascinating. There were even a few moments that it felt as if I had symptoms of sleep paralysis myself. But that's because of the film itself. The funny thing about such films is that they always come up with a second scientist who is skeptical about the event. And even when it's obvious that inexplicable things are happening, he approaches the phenomenon scientifically and tries to give a rational explanation for it. Apart from the phenomenal (on the physical level) acting of Javier Botet and the acceptable acting of Olga Kurylenko, it was especially Craig Conway who impressed and convinced as the war veteran Dougie, who's fighting against falling asleep. Unfortunately, the lack of tension and the sleepwalking pace make it look rather monotonous. Are you a newbie in the field of horror, then "Mara" could make an impression. For the seasoned horror fanatics, it's pretty sleep-inducing.
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Mara (2018) 720p YIFY Movie
Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller is assigned to the murder of a man who has seemingly been strangled in his sleep by his wife and the only witness is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs into the mystery of an...
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The Synopsis for Mara (2018) 720p
Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller is assigned to the murder of a man who has seemingly been strangled in his sleep by his wife and the only witness is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs into the mystery of an ancient demon which kills people in their sleep, she experiences the same petrifying symptoms as all previous victims and spirals through a chilling nightmare to save herself and Sophie before she dares fall asleep again.
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The Reviews for Mara (2018) 720p
Watch out. You could fall asleep.Reviewed bypeterp-450-298716Vote: 4/10
Whatever you do, do NOT sleep!
I liked the concept and the poster so gave it a chance.It's a good horror film. Starts slow. First half is really good, the atmosphere was creepy. Olga Kurylenko was broken but likeable which is very hard to pull off in a horror film.Olga Kurylenko plays her role very well, from the beginning there is a sense that she is not well fitted in the world, may be running from something, may be hiding something. Those little facial expressions make sense as the film goes on.
The film focuses on Olga's decent to madness which is ironic and there are few creepy/scary scenes here and there to keep things interesting.
The film could have been a lot better. I would have loved to learn more about Mara's history, they could have focused more on the victims agony but it could have been a lot worse.
The film deserves 6.5+ I rated it 8 because I liked how it ended.
This had such promise, however most of that was imposed by the 6.7 rating it was enjoying on IMDB. Sadly I realised this was from less than 80 reviews AFTER I had watched it. The story starts well, it's an interesting set up that many can empathise with. However it ends as a drawn out cliche that lacks any thought or adventure. Avoid this straight to DVD future non classic!