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Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Lucy Paez, Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci, Gael Garcia Bernal
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix action thriller directed by Niki Caro. The Mother (2023) centers on a deadly female assassin (Jennifer Lopez), who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before from ruthless criminals gunning for revenge.
The Mother: Hector Álvarez. Adrian Lovell.
Cruise: You introduced them?
The Mother: Yes.
Cruise: You brokered an arms deal between them?
The Mother: Yes.
Cruise: And you were in a relationship with both of them?
The Mother: Yes.
Marcus Stone: If you need our protection…
The Mother: You wouldn’t know the first thing about protecting me.
Cruise: Hey. You’re safe here.
The Mother: No, I’m not.
The Mother: [referring to Adrian] You think you’re following him? He’s following you.
The Mother: [after she’s just given birth] I want to see her.
SAIC Eleanor Williams: Well, what you want is no longer the deciding factor in what happens next. You wasted twelve hours of FBI time trying to cut a deal for yourself and seven agents were killed. So this conversation now takes place on our terms.
The Mother: You can’t keep her from me. I’m her mother.
SAIC Eleanor Williams: What you are to that child right now is a death sentence.
The Mother: You underestimate my ability to protect my own child.
SAIC Eleanor Williams: Yeah, well, I’m aware. Back-to-back tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, forty-six confirmed kills, accurate to thirteen hundred meters with an M24. Tell me how that helps her.
SAIC Eleanor Williams: You and I both know the only way you protect that child is to disappear.
The Mother: And if I don’t?
SAIC Eleanor Williams: They’ll find you. Both of you.
The Mother: Three things. One, you put her with good people. I want her to have the most boring, stable life there is.
Cruise: It’s a girl?
The Mother: Two, you let me know she’s safe, every birthday. Three, if there’s trouble, you let me know.
Cruise: I owe you that.
Jons: We’re all lost when we get out.
The Mother: I got more than lost.
Jons: Well, whatever you’ve done, you’re still here. Still time to make it right.
'Whatever you've done, you're still here. Still time to make it right.' - Jons (The Mother) Click To Tweet
The Mother: [referring to Zoe] She’s in trouble?
Cruise: We going to say hello first?
The Mother: Hello.
Cruise: Civilization is built on the little things.
The Mother: I’m going to protect her.
Cruise: I can’t advise you on that.
The Mother: [after Zoe is taken by Tarantula] You knew this was coming. You should’ve had people.
Cruise: I couldn’t know how or when.
Cruise: I made you three promises. I kept them all, and did what I could to keep her a secret.
The Mother: Yeah. Well, the secret’s out.
Cruise: We’ll wait for a ransom call.
The Mother: There won’t be any call.
Cruise: What do they want?
The Mother: Me.
'The trick is to perform when suffering.' - Adrian (The Mother) Click To Tweet
The Mother: They can have a nice, long look at me while I kill every last one of them.
Cruise: And then what?
The Mother: Then I get the kid back to her parents. They did a good job.
Cruise: [as Mother is beating up Tarantula] So this is how you interrogate.
The Mother: [in Spanish] What’s waiting for me? How many guards?
Tarantula: [in Spanish] All of them.
The Mother: It’s a trap. I don’t care. As long as we get Zoe, they can have me.
'There's nothing you ever ate your whole life that didn't come from violence.' - The Mother Click To Tweet
Cruise: So, you’re not just barbed wire around a fist.
The Mother: I’m whatever I need to be to keep her safe.
Cruise: Including turning yourself into a ghost.
Cruise: You could’ve let me die, but you didn’t. You saved me. Why?
The Mother: You gave me water. At the safe house. It’s like you knew I was thirsty all the time. You were taking care of me and my baby. Felt like a man worth saving.
The Mother: [referring to Adrian] Of course he picked me. No family, no future. Nothing to lose.
Adrian: This war’s an addiction. All it creates is chaos, suffering, and people who need things. I’m just a man who can get those things.
The Mother: For whose side?
Adrian: Powerful people want things that aren’t on the menu.
'You don't feel anything.' - Zoe, 'Well, it's the only way to survive.' - The Mother Click To Tweet
The Mother: I should’ve run the other direction.
Cruise: So why didn’t you?
The Mother: What else was I going to do after the service? I was the best, and the best that I could hope for was being a cashier at a retail chain.
The Mother: Eighteen months in a guard tower tends to sharpen the focus.
The Mother: [referring to Hector] I saw him for what he was.
Cruise: And what was that?
The Mother: My retirement plan. Hector’s guns. Adrian’s network. The potential was obvious.
The Mother: I’ve been taking orders my whole life. And it felt good to be in control.
'For me, maybe's a lot.' - The Mother Click To Tweet
The Mother: It was almost too easy. Until I was pregnant. And things turned, without me seeing it.
Cruise: Whose is she? If you don’t mind me asking.
The Mother: She’s not Hector’s. And she’s not Adrian’s. She’s mine.
Zoe: Who are you?
The Mother: It doesn’t matter.
The Mother: I am helping.
Zoe: You’re hurting me.
'For all my mistakes, you are the one good and beautiful thing that I have done with my life. You are a marvel.' - The Mother Click To Tweet
Hector: [to Mother] You sold your soul to the devil. How come you still look so good?
Hector: You’re not getting away this time. You’re in my universe. This is my castle.
The Mother: Must be a nice life. You need a dozen people to guard you while you sleep. They’re all gone, by the way.
Hector: Well, then they died for a good cause, because I dream about this.
Hector: Is the little girl, is she mine?
The Mother: Does it matter?
Hector: No. No, what matters is that you sold me out. That you s**t on everything we built.
'I have shown you my love in the only way I know how. When the time comes for you to use what I've taught you, don't hesitate to take your place in this world.' - The Mother Click To Tweet
Hector: I’m going to get you real turned on. Then I’m going to split you in half. Do you remember the safe word?
The Mother: [as she stabs him] We never had a safe word.
Cruise: So that’s it? You’re just going to vanish again, huh?
The Mother: She’s twelve. Just let her go be a kid. Let this all just be a bad memory.
Zoe: Why won’t she just admit it?
Cruise: What’s that?
Zoe: That she’s my mother.