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Cast: Marilyn Manson, Mark Boone Junior, Niko Nicotera, Sam Quartin, Slaine
A cerebral revenge film about two adopted siblings who fall in love, and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father.
Welcome to my Fantasia International Film Festival 2016 review of, "Let Me Make You a Martyr." The film tells the story of Drew Glass who comes back to his hometown a changed man with a motive. Upon arriving he finds out things in his town has gotten a lot worse since he left. The drug problem has escalated and even the local Priest is involved in it. If his plan goes as expected he hopes to get out alive with his adopted sister who also happens to be his lover. But before that all happens he will have to deal with his adopted father who just happens to be a crime boss in town and a Native American Hitman who will do anything for a price.
The first thing you are going to notice about the film is that it is told in a nonlinear way. As the film opens Drew is already being questioned over a number of events that have already happened. As he tells his side of the story, we see the events unfold through flashbacks. The film can be a bit confusing at first but stick with it and you will be rewarded for your patience.
"Let Me Make You a Martyr" is a dark, moody and gloomy film both in story and in looks. The story could have been a simple one to tell but because of the way it is told and the number of characters involved in the story it is instead a lot more complex film. The characters in the film are all nasty character’s combine that with the doom and gloom scenario and the way the film looks and the atmosphere it creates you have your self a real gritty film that doesn't promise anything but death and criminal activities.
"Let Me Make You a Martyr" is a deep and powerful film that will leave you thinking about it long after it is over, I loved the way it told its story and how it fed its audience a little piece at a time and the way it tossed in a few twists a long the way as well. It is a slow-moving film but the way it is told you cannot look away for fear of missing something that might be vital to the story.
Combine all that with some of the best performances I have seen so far this year from the likes of, Niko Nicotera, Sam Quartin, Mark Boone Junior and Marilyn Manson as the Hitman. The film and the cast are sure to create a lot of award buzz as the year moves along. Is the film going to be for everyone? Probably not because it is a slow burn but it is a film for lovers of great cinema, for those that like to be taken into a film and stay there the entire time. I also thought the film could of used a bit more violence to back the story up but that is a minor flaw.
"Let Me Make You a Martyr" is the Creation of Writers/Directors, Corey Asraf and John Swab. Both had done one Short film before this one so this is their first Feature Film and one hell of a debut at that. I will be keeping an eye on these two talented film makers going forward. I highly recommend seeing this intense and entertaining Crime/Drama the first chance you get.
Iscariot Films/Actium Pictures
**** Out Of *****