review by Bobby Blakey
It’s always interesting to see what films featuring big stars for whatever reason never make it to the wide release. Sometimes it becomes clear pretty quick, but others end up being hidden gems that didn’t get the push they deserved. The latest, Mary stars Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Stefanie Scott, Chloe Perrin, Douglas Urbanski, Jennifer Esposito and Owen Teague, but does it offer anything to make it one of those hidden gems or will it sink to the bottom of the ocean?
Mary follows David who 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.
Gary Oldman is one of those actors that is always great no matter what is happening in the film around him. This feature is a pretty forgettable horror/thriller that not even his performance could save. Right out of the gate it showcases moments that are clunky and struggle to find its footing in hopes to get the audience intrigued. The story could have worked great and does have some interesting tropes as it unfolds, but sadly it is so by the numbers it ends up being more unmemorable overall.
The film is not that long, but it tended to drag on way too long at times. Sure there are some fun moments near the end when things start coming together, but none of them stand out enough to save this film from struggling to stay afloat. I love Oldman aand both he and Mortimer were fine here just not much to work with to succeed where it needed to.