At the beginning of the film, a closeup of a woman is shown from the neck up, burning with fire whisked through her hair. Her face is beaten and there is a glint of fire alive in her eyes. Even though she is being burned by the immense amount of heat, she does not contain any signs of fear and looks rather disappointed as though she is gazing at someone behind the camera. An extreme closeup is then captured to gain the full attention of the audience (Film). Because this is the first image that is seen, the movie automatically sets a tone of action and prepares the audience for what is to be expected next. They are able to connect and feel sorrow as they are able to experience the circumstances that allowed the woman to get into the state that she is in (Mother!).
The lighting used to make this image is shining up from below to create the realistic glow erupting from the floor that she is standing on. When you continue to gaze from the bottom of the screen to the top, the glow begins to darken into the shadow of the background that surrounds her. A green screen was most likely used to create the flames behind her and the makeup was used to make her face look as though she has been beaten by someone or something (Film).
During this scene, the sound of fire can be heard crackling loudly and allows viewers to become as immersed into the scene as possible. It can almost make one feel as though they are a part of the scene and can experience the heat that is being created by the flames (Film).
A moment later, everything becomes peaceful. The house is filled with light and enjoyment can be felt. It almost makes one believe that the beginning scene does not belong and happened to be out of place. For a few minutes, the audience is able to relax. However, when it becomes nighttime, you are reminded of the feeling that arose within you when you experienced the woman on fire. Just when you believe everything is alright, there is a knock at the door. The director allowed the audience to have a glimmer of hope but ultimately takes it away again (Mother!).
Although the knock is simply a man who needs a place to stay, one can begin to think that something terrible must come from this. Once morning arrives, Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) learns that Man (Ed Harris), is an obsessed fan of Him(Javier Berdem), her husband, and wanted to meet him as his dying wish. Things get even more complicated when Man's wife, Woman (Michelle Pfeiffer), comes to their house and is welcomed to stay by Him (Mother!).
At this point, we are able to notice that Him does not care to think about the wishes of Mother and believes that she would be fine with whatever he desires. Later, we learn that Him allows them to stay because they are big fans of his work, which builds his ego during a time when he cannot find the motivation to write another book (Mother!).
Even though Man and Woman have interrupted the quiet lifestyle of Him and Mother, the tension fades away and the house becomes peaceful once more. However, the director uses this as a way to trick the audience again into believing that everything is going to be alright. Instead of immediately breaking into a moment of suspense like before, Man and Woman become more comfortable and begin to act as though they are in their own home. They do what they want and do not care to ask for permission (Mother!).
Eventually, Man and Woman walk around and find their way into the creative space of Him and break a large crystal, which was the inspiration that lead Him to write his first few novels. Even though the house had been getting sloppy due to Man and Woman, Him did not seem to care until his own possession was ruined. Him goes into a rampage and boards up the room. Again, we can notice the selfishness that he has when he only cares about problems if they effect him personally (Mother!).
From this point forward the chaos only continues to escalate and the life of perfection that Mother was trying to create has no chance to exist any longer. Up to this point in time in the film, everything that has occurred lays the foundation for the horrific terror that is yet to come (Mother!).
The day after the crystal is broken, the sons of Man and Woman visit the house and to see their dying father. While there, the brothers get into a fight due to statements that are written in his will. The problem escalates until the younger of the two is killed in a fight after being bludgeoned with an object found on the floor. Eventually, the eldest son runs away and the family is left to deal with the death of their son (Mother!).
Time continues to pass by uncontrollably fast and within minutes, the family has a reception after the burial of their son. Surprisingly to Mother, she cannot understand how quickly the event is occurring because all she did was sleep for a few minutes before she was woken up to the noise below. In that little time, the world around her seemed to race forward hours or even days ahead of her. Mother pushes past her confusion and helps to host the reception and watches as her husband makes a toast to the deceased and entertains them with his stories (Mother!).
After a few moments, she walks throughout her house due to the increasing amount of noise that is occurring throughout her home. Every corner she turns, more and more people seem to be filling her house. Every second that passes by, the people become more bold and daring. They begin to make rude remarks towards Mother and one individual even makes advances towards her. Moments later, two individuals, who are sitting on a countertop end up ripping it out of the wall. At this point, Mother is filled with fury and everyone leaves the house (Mother!).
After an argument with husband, Mother exclaims how he does not care for her. She tells him that she does everything for him and all he cares about is being infatuated by the people who enjoy his work. He does not think she is enough for him to feel important. Mother also confronts him as to why they do not have children. One things leads to another, and she they begin to get intimate with each other. Then the screen turns bright white (Mother!).
After the white transition fades away, the scene becomes happy once more. Mother unknowingly senses that she is pregnant, which gives Him the inspiration to write again. Eventually, people begin to come to their house in hordes and chaos breaks out. People come and begin to beat each other, steal, and destroy the house. When you believe things couldn't get any worse, Mother goes into labor and manages to give birth in the room that used to be the creative space for Him. Still obsessed with the infatuation from others, Him offers the people in the house a chance to meet the newborn. Unfortunately, the child is tossed around and dies, followed by the sorrow of everyone (Mother!).
At her final breaking point, Mother manages to get to the basement while being beaten down by the mass of people in the house, and ends up setting fire to the gas tank below her house resulting in her home burning to the ground. To much shock, the final moments show her being carried out of the ashes by Him, who is only slightly injured. He end up taking the only thing that is left of her, her love. He digs inside of her and pulls out her heart, which when scraped away reveals a large crystal inside. Once the crystal is replaced to its rightful home, the house rebuilds, and a new Mother awakes to begin the process again (Mother!).
All of these events contain scattered information relating to the two themes of Bible stories and the evolution of the world. The evidence behind that proves the existence of these themes will now be discussed.
EATING THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT: Man and Woman can be considered to play the roles of Adam and Eve. Therefore, the house owned by Mother and her husband Him could be considered the Garden of Eden. The special room in the house that serves as the creative space for Him to get inspired for his work is then thought of as the Tree of Knowledge. Lastly, the crystal, which is used as inspiration for Him can be considered to be the apple from the tree that is not supposed to be eaten. Therefore, when Man and Woman break the crystal, it symbolizes Adam and Eve eating the apple from the forbidden tree. In this case, Him plays the role of God and gets upset that they did the one thing they were told not to do, and were therefore banished from entering the room. Before Mother and Him hear the shattering of the crystal, the scene is bright due to light that is erupting through the widows from outside. However, after Him sees the broken fragments of what used to be the crystal, the scene immediately gets dark and now happens to be dark outside. A closeup shot is filmed of Him as he is filled with rage and his face turns red with fury.
CAIN AND ABEL: The two sons of Man and Women find their way to Mother's house and begin to fight over the will that was created by their father, Man. The eldest is irate because he believes that his mother will keep him out of his share of the money and his younger brother will receive everything. Seconds later, the older brother lunges after his brother and throws his into the wall. A tracking shot follows the brothers as they continue to fight throughout different rooms of the house. A still shot shows the older brother beating the younger one with an object that was laying on the floor in the room. Suddenly he stops and the camera zooms in close to the body of his dead brother lifeless on the floor. Once he realizes what he has done, the older brother runs away and out of the house never to return. "The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast...Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him...Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” Genesis 4: 4-5, 8, 11.
THE BIRTH OF JESUS: Mother is in labor and about to have her child. However, there is no room in her house to give birth because of the mass amount of fans that want the chance to meet Him, who they believe is their savior. Luckily, Him is able to remove the boards that he once but up to block the entrance to his personal inspiration room, which happened to be the only room in the house that was empty. After the birth of the child, Him leaves the room and comes back with three baskets of gifts from the people to celebrate.
GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE: After the birth of their child, Him tries to get Mother to hand him the baby so he can go introduce him to his fans. However, Mother is afraid that they may hurt her child, so she refuses to let go of the baby. After hours of trying to stay awake to ensure Him does not taken the baby away, she begs for him to not allow them to see her child. She knows that if the child is taken from her, he will die at the hands of the people. "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Matthew 26:39.
Leading up to the birth of Mother's child, the events that occur reach new limits. Simple fights occur within the house, which leads to police coming to control the chaos. They end up getting shot and killed by gangs and then sex traffickers begin to take women hostage. This forces the army to infiltrate the house and creates a scene of warfare. The army then gets killed by a bomb that gets blasted within the house. The aftermath leaves people dead in the rubble or covered in soot and looking homeless. The air is filled with dust, and a few beams of light shine in through the ceiling to barely illuminate the devastation that has occurred (Mother!). Just like in society today, there is so much evil in the world as well as the want for power. Within 15 minutes, the film was able to demonstrate many of the devastation events that have occurred over the past century. Due to the short amount of time, the audience can feel overwhelmed and can relate to how Mother is feeling during the spiraling downfall of her life.
After the death of her child, Mother becomes overly irate and realizes that she needs to find a way to escape out of the life she is living. After barely making it through the people, she manages to find her way down into the basement. Before anyone has the chance to stop her, she creates a hole in the side of the gasoline supply tank for the house and sets it on fire. The house becomes engorged in flames taking Mother and everyone else with it. She is now the woman burning in the flames (Mother!).
One day, the Earth will eventually come to an end. Due to the destruction that we are inflicting to it, nature may no longer continue and the human race might end up being destroyed sooner than expected.
At the very end of the movie, Mother is carried out of the rubble. Her entire body is charred to the point where she is barely recognizable. There is a closeup shot of her face and then the camera alternates to see who is carrying her Shockingly, a small bear of light reflects onto the face of Him, simply dirty with only a few cuts and bruises on his face. Mother asks him how he is still alive. He simply states, "I am I, and you are home." As he sets her fragile body onto a cleared area in the rubble, Mother says to him, "What hurts me is that I wasn’t enough, now I must try again. But I have nothing else to give." Him tells her that she still has her love. He then takes his hands and reaches into her body, pulls out her heart and brushes away the flesh to uncover another crystal (Mother!).
Once Him returns the crystal to its stand, the house slowly rebuilds itself. Through the incredible works of CGI, the film shows detailed work of certain areas of the house being rebuilt back to its former glory. The home returns back to the paradise it was before. A shot they shows a bedroom as shown at the beginning of the movie. However, once the camera captures a closeup of the woman lying in bed, she turns over and is now a different woman who is the new Mother (Mother!).