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Martyrs Review - AVClub

AVClub: This much can be said for the new remake of Martyrs: It’s efficient. Clocking in at under 90 minutes, the film proceeds at a rapid clip, never lingering too long on any one scene, or dragging out a single shot beyond the minimal time needed to achieve its purpose. Unfortunately, in goosing the momentum, the creators of the film have lost the soul of what was essential to this horrific tale. Indeed, the original movie might be the only film lumped under the banner of “extreme horror” (or, less charitably, “torture porn”) to truly and narratively justify the argument that extending brutal scenes of violence and abuse is the whole point. (The A.V. Club previously referred to it as “the torture-porn movie to end all torture-porn movies.”)

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