Thursday, September 10, 2009

Film Review: 'Martyrs' (2008)

Directed and Written by Pascal Laugier
Released: September 2008

Review By: Sweetreviewer

‘Martyrs’ is a movie that you will either love or hate simple as that. It poses the question of How far will one go to find meaning in life or after life?

The Director, Pascal Laugier wanted to illustrate how much pain and torture a human body can endure until it no longer feels pain and reaches a level beyond life and to a state of celestial realm. By far this is one of the films that have left me in a state of shock; it makes you feel anger, terror and sorrow all in one. However, it never makes you feel happy. It’s definitely a dark film, which I feel I’ll probably never watch again. I couldn’t withstand a women getting tortured physically and mentally, but yet I was compelled to watch. This movie is enthralling right from start to finish. You don’t know what exactly is going on, but you know it’s something terrible that you must watch till the end.

The film starts off with Lucie (Mylene Jampanoi) a young woman that has been tortured mentally and physically as a child, and is on a quest to get revenge against her oppressors. She goes along with her childhood friend Anna (Morjana Alaoui) who is also victim of abuse. Lucie appears to be in a stage of madness and is being haunted by someone or something. Anna is there to help and clean up Lucie’s Mess. Slowly, Anna begins to relive the torture and pain that Lucie and others lived.

This film is not all about torturing women, although most of the film showcases this. There’s an underlying meaning behind it, you just have to await the conclusion. No doubt Laugier was in a state of obscurity in this film. You will note that once you watch it. This film is not for everyone. This is for people that are willing to watch something and look beyond what you are viewing and find meaning towards it. It showcases a lot of brutality and it also does make you not only cringe at certain scenes, but it also terrifies you in the process.


cockney0_1 said...

Probably the most intelligent and forward thinking horror movie of recent times, Martyrs is fantastic view. Deeply unsettling, a curveball at every turn and great emotional performances and, of course, the non-gratuitous but still extreme gore. Not for everyone, and it is very hard going to sit all the way through to the depressing end, but it is a movie that demands to be seen.

Anonymous said...

Crazy movie. I couldn't finish it.

TheHorrorPress said...

Extremely Hard to finish watching, I felt like I was in A Clock Work Orange and I was being forced to watch it. Except I wasn't forced,I was glued to my seat awaiting what happened next.

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