Lucie (Bellisario) and Ann (Noble) become childhood friends in the orphanage on which both live. Ann, upon noticing how lonely Lucie was, take the girl upon her wings, and they develop a strong friendship, learning deeply to rely on each other. Soon, Lucie is adopted, and when she finally believes that her life will take a change for the better, the very opposite is what really waits for her.
Years pass, and when Lucie is a grown up woman, she decides to take revenge on her entire surrogate family. One day, she finally storms in with a gun, and kill everybody in the house on which she used to live. After the killing, she calls Ann, to tell her what she did, and to help her in hiding the bodies and the evidences at the crime scene. Claiming that she was abused for years, Lucie finally reveals the fragile side of her personality, and confides to Ann all the horrendous things that she had to endure while living imprisoned with her abusive family.
Initially dismissing all of the things that Lucie tells her as being paranoia, or symptoms of mental instability, soon the two girls are trapped by what appears to be members of a mysterious group, fronted by an old woman that shows an obscure interest in Lucie, although she don’t reveal at first what her intentions are. When both girls are trapped in the house, locked in separate cells in a dark basement, Ann begins to realize that all of the things that Lucy told her are possibly true.
When Ann manages to escape her confinement, she notices other iron cages, and in one of them, she sees one little girl, that she decides to rescue. In a dramatic downturn of events, Lucie is finally able to transcend who she really is, and finally get her revenge on the people that inflicted on her the most abhorrent time of her life.
While not particularly an excellent movie, Martyrs do have some interesting concepts! The visuals, the acting, the rhythm of the story, and all technical elements that make a good movie, in fact, are all there! The movie is not boring or dull, and the awkward situations, as well as an intriguing plot, compels you to pay attention to the whole story, as the movie has the ability to entice your curiosity, to see it to the very end. The movie have a decent, colorful drama, serving as a coherent background, and Troian Bellisario, who portrays Lucie, gives to the movie a very interesting element, portraying a troubled and traumatized character, with a profound sense of realistic characterization, and great degree of vigorous and abnormal instinct of survival. The relationship of the two girls as two best friends since childhood, with a deep bond, is also a remarkable feature of the movie, with an intensity and a sense of completeness that really fuels the dramatic tones of the story.
While the movie have its merits, there’s nothing on it that you haven’t seen in a hundred movies before. Although it is not just a generic, formulaic drama driven horror movie, you will hardly be impressed with its artistic achievements. The movie is a great one hour and a half entertainment, but doesn’t go beyond that. As soon as the movie finishes, you will forget entirely what you have seen. Nonetheless, it is a very well done more of the same, and certainly deserves a three and a half stars.