Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2016: Let Me Make You a Martyr

Two adoptive siblings are on the run from their crime boss father and a reclusive hit man in Let Me Make You a Martyr. Drew Glass (Niko Nicotera) finds himself in an interrogation room being questioned by Charon (Michael Potts), who asks Drew to describe how he found himself in this predicament. Drew recounts the story of him returning to his hometown and immediately making trouble for crime boss and Drew's adoptive father Larry Glass (Mark Boone Junior), who hires a hitman named Pope (Marilyn Manson) to deal with the situation. Drew reunites with his adoptive sister (and lover) June (Sam Quartin) and they come up with a plan to escape the situation they find themselves in.

The feature film debut for filmmakers Corey Asraf and John Swab, Let Me Make You a Martyr is a gritty crime thriller taking place in a small town. The grimy world of the film full of drug addicts, child kidnappers and smooth talking hitmen. Drew Glass is desperate to escape the clutches of his adoptive father Larry and start a new life with June. However, with Pope on his tail, this might not be an easy task to accomplish.

Let Me Make You a Martyr is a fairly average crime thriller that is elevated by an excellent and unrecognizable performance by shock rocker Marilyn Manson. While Pope is far from the main character, appearing in only a handful of scenes, Manson ends up stealing every minute that he is on screen. Let Me Make You a Martyr is also notable for its excellent camera work, which makes it appear like a more expensive film that it really is. Overall, Let Me Make You a Martyr is a fine enough debut from Corey Asraf and John Swab.

7 / 10 stars
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Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).