Jennifer Lopez kills it (literally) in this suspense-action flick that never feels wholly original but still manages to ride its taut pace and her charisma all the way to the finish line. Lopez stars as a former military-operative-turned-FBI-informant who, duh, can’t escape her past, especially when it takes her estranged daughter captive and forces her to come out guns blazing. It’s got a very ‘Jason Bourne’ feel to it, which isn’t a bad thing at all, and though the cliches tend to stack on top of each other, ‘The Mother’ winds up hitting the mark.

3.5/5 stars