Remake Rumble: Martyrs (2008) vs Martyrs (2016)


The 411: A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï) vs Lucie (Troian Bellisario)
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Mylène’s Lucie is a messy jumbled mass of deranged and confused manic energy. Everything about her performance makes you believe that Lucie thinks she is being haunted by a malevolent and violent creature and that she would burst into a seemingly normal family’s home and murder them with hardly a second thought because she was convinced they were the one’s who had abducted and tortured her as a child. I also thought it was likely that it wasn’t the first house Lucie had rolled into with murderous intent either.
Troian Bellisario is a pretty good actress, a lot better than one would think from a veteran of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS to be sure, but she was all wrong for the role of Lucie. I never bought her attempts at being insane she seemed far too controlled even in the moments where she was supposed to be spinning out of control.
Advantage: MARTYRS ’08

Anna (Morjana Alaoui) vs Anna (Bailey Noble)
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The difference between the two Anna’s boils down to one of the actresses (Alaoui) being good at her craft and the other actress (Noble) being not very good at all. Noble was very rough around the edges when she was on TRUE BLOOD and she hasn’t seemed to done much to improve her acting ability. Alaoui on the other hand was thoroughly compelling in all the facets of the character of Anna. You truly felt her love for Lucie and her frustration at having to deal with Lucie’s mania. You also believed that she was loyal enough to cover up a multiple murder scene without batting an eye. And when things took a turn for the worse for her you bought her suffering. I barely bought that Noble’s Anna could drive a car.
Advantage: MARTYRS ’08

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