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Martyrs

Martyrs

Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz (2015)

82min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A ground-breaking French horror film is hacked to pieces and given a Hollywood sheen in this pointless "re-imagining", as it's been described by co-directing brothers Kevin and Michael Goetz. They over-explain the backstory, de-claw the visceral, hardcore shocks and radically change the controversial plot to make it fit acceptable American genre contours and, as a result, they lessen its shattering impact. After escaping from a warehouse where she was held captive and brutalised, Lucie (Troian Bellisario) bides her time in an orphanage until a decade later when, with her best friend Anna (Bailey Noble), she hunts for the family who endlessly tortured her. But Lucie's desire for vengeance is the gateway to even greater hellish debauchery. If you haven't seen Pascal Laugier's 2008 original then this soulless, shiny version might still play as somewhat upsetting and extreme, but it's otherwise a trashy desecration of that powerfully profound masterpiece.

Summary

A 10-year-old girl flees from a family that have tortured her and finds sanctuary in an orphanage, but is plagued by terrifying nightmares. As an adult, she and her friend from the orphanage go in search of her tormentors, but are unprepared for the horrific truths the encounter will bring to light. Horror remake, starring Troian Bellisario and Bailey Noble.

Cast & Crew

Lucie Troian Bellisario
Anna Bailey Noble
Eleanor Kate Burton
Sam Caitlin Carmichael
The Creature Melissa Tracy
Mom Romy Rosemont
Fenton Toby Huss
Young Anna Elyse Cole
Dad Blake Robbins
Son Taylor John Smith
Director Kevin Goetz
Director Michael Goetz
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Released on: 27 Mar 2016

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