Lucie, a 10 year old girl, is found wandering in the streets, bruised and bloodied. Unable to say who did this to her, or why, she is placed in a hospital where she meets Anna, another young girl who had been abused. Fifteen years later, with Anna’s help, Lucie sets out to get revenge on her attackers. When she believes she has found the couple who abused her, she confronts them . . . and that is when the terror truly begins.
At first, when I was watching Martyrs, I was thinking it was going to be somewhat like High Tension, but I was completely wrong. It was very original, in most ways, but it wasn’t, in other aspects. It’s really hard to describe it, really. It starts off as revenge and Anna has feelings for Lucie, though Lucie doesn’t feel the same, which is why I thought it was going to be like High Tension.
About half way through, you are being explained and shown the torture the people go through there. Then, by the end, you are explained what Martyrs are and why the people were being tortured. It’s probably the best way I can put it, without spoiling the movie, for anyone who hasn’t seen it.
I can probably guarantee that SAW has nothing on this movie, and this movie can probably get to most people, who aren’t into horror films hardcore. Once you get about 15 minutes into the movie, you become hooked and don’t want to stop watching or even look away.
The only real downfall this movie had was the torture scene. It was dragged out, but if they didn’t, then it would feel like you were ripped off. So, I really wouldn’t change a single thing about this movie, because every moment through the film was needed.
I really wished the very final scene was explained, because I would have loved to hear what the lady had to say. It had a very unexpected ending, if you ask me.
Anyways, if you enjoy horror movies, then you will definitely love this one. I’m starting to think everyone, outside the USA knows how to make great horror films. I love watching Japanese horror (J-Horror) and every horror movie I have scene from France was great, too. Hollywood really needs to get their act together and produce something worth watching, besides remakes and movies that are in it for your money and nothing else.
By the way, for those who don’t like subtitles, there is an English dubbed version. So, there’s no excuse to miss out on this movie.
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