Watched the movie Martyrs last night.
After reading some excellent reviews whereby some are championing it as one of the finest horror movies to come along in quite some time, I was really intrigued and quite looking forward to seeing it!
I would have to say watching a woman being beaten viciously and repeatably for close to fifteen minutes never really sits that well with me! And similar to my reaction towards the rape scene in Irreversible, I would have have to ask 'Is this nothing more than extreme shock tactics, a puerile quasi-misplaced excuse for entertainment or can the cinematic portrayal of extreme torture and abuse be in some cases justified?'
Is Martyrs as some have speculated; a critique on Neo-Con politics or an indictment of religious extremism? Should the subtext and metaphor be more compared to the likes of a passion play? Or is it just another excuse for an exploitative "torture-porn flick?"
I'm hoping to write a full review of it later- but for now, I'm still digesting...
Below is the film's trailer and a review to give you some idea of what I am talking about: