Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Martyrs (2008, Pascal Laugier)
Martyrs is a film I kept reading about. Mostly positive reviews though I didn't want to spoil it so I purposely didn't read any sort of synopsis before watching it. I knew it had something to do with kidnap and that was all. My friend (who burned me a copy of this) was the first person who told me that it wasn't a good movie. That was only one opinion and our opinions sometimes differ so I figured I'd give it a shot.
Martyrs is the story of a girl named Lucie (Mylene Jampanoi) who was kidnapped and tortured as a child. After escaping, she befriends Anna (Morjana Alaoui) and the two grow up together. Flash forward several years and the Lucie tries to kill the people in charge of her kidnapping and to pacify a monstrous woman who may or not be a figment of her imagination.
Well, my friend was right when he described the film as nothing more than torture porn. The make up effects and brutality captured in this film were expertly done, I will give the film makers that. Other than that, the film was garbage. It was too long, the torture scenes were too drawn out and pointless, the story didn't make very much sense and the big (anti) climax at the end was very disappointing. I love horror films, even stupid ones with no point but this film was actually torturous to watch. Seeing people get blown away, tortured, beaten and cut up for seemingly no reason doesn't do anything for me. The creature/woman following around Lucie had a few creepy scenes (it made me jump when it first appeared) but after that it just felt too forced. My advice would be to not believe the hype and skip this movie, unless pointless torture is your thing.