Martyrs (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action
86 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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Martyrs Review


A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.

Martyrs (2015) is an American thriller horror movie that was a remake and did not succeed as well as the original film. Directors Kevin Goetz and brother Michael Goetz does not have much experience in the movie industry, and it shows in this film. They have directed Scenic Route (2013) and Mass Transit (1998) which I have not seen, but I am afraid to see it because of how awful it could be. Martyrs was based on the French-Canadian 2008 philosophical thriller that was written and directed by Pascal Laugier. The movie contains violence, crucifix, gun, being held captive, needles, blood, no suspense, no thrills, no scares and no tension.

Martyrs revolve around ten-year-old Lucie (Troian Bellisario - Pretty Little Liars (2010), Consent (2010), Lauren (2012)) who was being held as a prisoner until she escaped. Lucie has reoccurring traumatizing night terrors at the orphanage she is staying at. Lucie finds comfort in Anna (Bailey Noble - True Blood (2008), First Day (2010), Summer of 8 (2016)) who is about the same age as her. Lucie is still being haunted by terrifying nightmares/ demons. Lucie did the only thing she can think of, and that is to find the family that tortures her with Anna’s help. Anna and Lucie are soon trapped in a nightmare, and an inevitable fate awaits them if they cannot escape.

I was in total shock when I saw Lucie firing her gun at the front door of her childhood family that tormented her. Will Lucie ever be able to recover from her nightmarish childhood? Will she find justice? I did not like this film and gave it one because it was terrible in every category including acting, sound, direction, screenplay and cinematography. Horror fans should stay clear of this film and see the original if interested because it surpasses this movie in so many ways.

About Martyrs 2015

Title: Martyrs
Year: 2015
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action
Score: 0.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.2/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
Starring: Toby Huss, Ivar Brogger, Boriana Williams, Taylor John Smith, Peter Michael Goetz, Marguerite Nocera, Romy Rosemont, Diana Hopper, Kate Burton, Elyse Cole, Brianna Bazler, Carissa Bazler, Rob Wood, Christopher Kager, Jordyne Visser, Michael McCarthy, Karly Rothenberg, Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Lexi DiBenedetto, Matthew Jaeger, Blake Robbins, Caitlin Carmichael, Eve Nigro, DaJuan Johnson, Edwin Modlin II, Ever Prishkulnik, Laurence Todd Rosenthal, Sara Zanelletti, Rebecca Ellen Evans
Writers: Pascal Laugier, Mark L. Smith
Director: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz