* Halle Berry’s new movie is a contender in the “don’t mess with mom” pantheon
* We found 9 other movies depicting moms hitting back
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Kidnap, out August 4, stars Halle Berry as a badass mom trying to find her kidnapped son. As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Berry must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child. In an ode to caring mothers everywhere, we have found 9 other movies, fans of this genre are bound to enjoy.
This Academy Award-winning movie stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts on a routine spacewalk when disaster strikes. This nail biter will have you on the edge of your seat anxiously waiting to see what happens next.
Terminator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg who is sent from the future to present-day Los Angeles to assassinate a seemingly innocent mother, Sarah Connor, whose child will play an important part in the world from which the killer came. Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton evokes the true definition of “badass” mom as she tries to save the world — and her son.
3. Panic Room
Panic Room stars Jodie Foster as a divorced woman who lives with her young daughter as their home is invaded by three armed robbers. They go hide in their “panic room” and end up in a deadly cat and mouse game with their captors. Jodie Foster is powerful as a mom, again, trying to protect her child from any harm. Bonus: catch a pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart playing Foster’s daughter.
4. The Incredibles
Bob and Helen Parr are a couple who used to be among the world’s greatest crime fighters. Fifteen years later, they have to adapt to civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs to live a normal life with their three kids. This animated superhero movie showcases a family trying hard to raise their kids while itching to get back to their alter ego life.
Based on an Old English epic poem made into a 3D motion picture fantasy film, this movie depicts a mother’s endless revenge for her child. After overpowering demon Grendel, Beowulf incurs the undying wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother, played by Angelina Jolie, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge on the person who slew her son. Mother love at its best.
6. The Long Kiss Goodnight
Geena Davis plays a suburban homemaker and the ideal mom to her 8-year old daughter. When she receives a bump on the head one day, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent. As she starts remembering more and more of her old life, she becomes deadlier and more resourceful.
On their voyage home, the crew of a spaceship investigates an alien distress signal, inadvertently picking up and bringing aboard an extraterrestrial life form with violent and lethal survival instincts. Sigourney Weaver plays badass Ripley who becomes the sole survivor of this spaceship and must navigate to earth safely.
Jennifer Lopez plays a working class waitress who thinks she’s entering a life of domestic bliss when she marries the man of her dreams. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discovers her husband has a hidden possessive dark side. Lopez prepares herself to defend and protect her daughter at all costs in this fan favorite thriller.
9. Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire is a delightful film about an eccentric dad of three children who impersonates a British nanny after a bitter divorce so he can care for his children at the home of their mother. So Robin Williams isn’t exactly a mom per se, but as the fun and endearing “nanny,” he’s made this one of his most memorable roles.
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