Written by Scotty
Watching your loved ones get old is never easy. With them helping you through all of your life challenges and making sure you come out on top, it is sad to not be able to help them when it seems they need it the most. As you get older, it becomes easier to believe that you might have to go through the same things as you have seen them go through, but will you be able to take it as gracefully as they seemed to?
Growing up with a single mother, George has found that he enjoys spending his time talking with Mercy, his grandmother. Not thinking that his mother does not love or care for him, George knows she does, but finds it easier to talk to his grandmother about everything and gain more knowledge that she is willing to teach. When Mercy told him that it was ok to stand up for himself and not be scared of anyone, George took it literally and would follow her lead for the rest of his life.
After Mercy suffered a stroke, the nursing home has decided that it is too much for them to take care of her anymore. It is has been years since George has seen his best friend in the flesh and is looking forward to helping his grandmother in her final days. Rebecca, his mother and Buddy, his older brother, however are not looking forward to taking on the task, but will do what they can to make Mercy as comfortable as possible. Seeing his grandmother when she is sick takes its toll quickly on George as he remembers her being young and full of life, but now being next to a lifeless body, he is dying to find a way to bring her back.
But as George starts to talk to people around the town, including his uncle, he finds out that his grandmother was not all pleasant and nice as he remembers her, but a bitter woman. As he hears of her being cruel to her children, he talks to the town’s priest who tells the boy what really happened to his favorite person. As Mercy was never able to have the children she wanted so badly, she trekked up into the mountains one day and came back with a book and a secret. Being pregnant by someone other than her late husband, she has always had luck on her side. But with each miracle that has been given to her over the years, Mercy seems to lose a bit of her good natured self and is becoming something more dangerous. George will do anything to help her and with the help of his brother, they find a book that she has buried years ago and as the pages start to reveal themselves to the boys, they find that there is something bad coming on the horizon from the woman who is dying in their new home.
Mercy follows a young family as they have been called on to help their ailing grandmother during her last days. As she was always kind to George, he will do anything in his power to make her as comfortable as possible and help her get back on her feet. When he pours out her prescription and replaces it with saline solution, he then finds that he may have done something terribly wrong. As she is no longer in a vegetated state, Mercy starts to act out and become more violent, especially towards her own family. When George starts to hear stories about his grandmother’s past, he knows that he has done wrong, as when the group gets home, they find Mercy has killed their uncle. As the days pass and Mercy gathers her strength, she is trying to get luck back on her side as it has been in the past, but to make it happen, she will have to do something that would hurt her family once again. Needing to find a way to combat the horror that he has released, George will have to turn to anyone that will help him, but that might not be enough as his grandmothers power is much more potent than he could have expected.
This is a very intriguing story as you get into the movie. With a young man trying to find his place on this planet, that is scared of everything, his grandmother teaches him that it is not ok and he will need to stand up for himself. Seeing how the lesson makes the young boy stronger, it is hard to imagine that this kind old woman would ever turn on him. I love how the story played out in this movie as you have several characters you can identify with as they all have to battle their own inner demons. With a lot of scares scattered throughout, there is still the feeling that they are all family and no matter what happens to any of them, that will never change….or will it. Stay Scared.