Martha Marcy May Marlene Movie Review

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Olsen. I find her very stylish and pretty. So I decided to check out some of her movies.  This is my first so far which showcases Elizabeth Olsen’s previously-untapped acting prowess.

Martha Marcy May Marlene is technically not E. Olsen’s screen debut, as she played very minor roles in two of her famous sibling’s TV and direct-to-video efforts. 

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Sean Durkin is making his feature-length writing and directorial debut with Martha, which stars Olsen as the title character – a young woman who manages to flee an abusive cult and seeks refuge with her older sister (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy). Martha’s mind cannot heal as easily as the rest of her body, and soon her already-fragile psyche begins to shatter, weighed down by fears that the cult and its serpentine leader (John Hawkes) may be pursuing her. But is it all a delusion – or a horrifying reality?You should watch it to know where I'm getting at.

If you get to watch the trailer, it unveiled so far a has been get-under-your-skin troubling, between the dark imagery of Olsen running through endless woods as she attempts to escape her captors – and hints of the deranged behavior and acts of violence perpetrated by the other members of her cult. When Olsen isn’t captivating moviegoers with her portrayal of a woman descending into madness, it looks like Hawkes’ turn as the cult’s leader, Patrick, should be something to behold. Between the glimpses of him being, at different times, a guitar-playing charmer and a dead-eyed fiend, both performances are really disturbing and very notable.

I find this type of movies quite weird and yet worth watching even though after watching it my face is a big sample of confusion and disbelief like, "Did I just finished watching that?" 

Anyway, I'm also looking forward to E.Olsen's upcoming movie with Dakota Fanning. She's a brilliant actress and I'm rooting for more projects for her.  :-)

Watch the trailer here:

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