Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Martyrs - film review

We live in a dark world. People are capable of the most vile acts imaginable...and then some. Right now as I type this, people are being tortured, raped, beaten and murdered. Some of those people will be rescued. Some won't. If you can't accept that, if you can't accept that our world can be an evil place in which human life has no value to some, then you're better off not watching this film.

With that out of the way, on with the review: Martyrs is the story of two friends, Lucie and Anna. As a child, Lucie was abducted and held captive by nameless people. Upon escaping, she claims to have no memory of her experiences and the police have little to go on for their investigation. Lucie is taken to an orphanage where she meets Anna who cares for her as an older sister would. Lucie is haunted by a terrifying monster in the middle of the night and it's pretty obvious this is something to do with her horrible experiences. Fast forward fifteen years and Lucie tracks down some of the people she believes were responsible for her abduction.

To outline the plot any further would be to spoil it. Suffice to say, things don't go quite as expected other than one moment of fairly standard horror film law to which I found myself shouting at the TV: "Don't go in there." The change in angle and subsequent extreme violence will alienate a lot of people which is understandable as it's not comfortable viewing. As I said, we live in a dark world. Martyrs is a reflection of this. We also live in a world in which friendship can go a little way to illuminating that darkness. Martyrs reflects this, as well.

Ultimately, Martyrs is not simply a great horror film. It's a great piece of film making and one which will doubtless be remembered long after the inevitable American remake.

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