Reviews and Problems with Martha Marcy May Marlene
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Martha Marcy May Marlene
The Digital Fix
15 March 2012
Excerpt: Although it�s his first feature as a director, Sean Durkin was involved as producer on Antonio Campos�s striking independent debut Afterschool (2008), and Martha Marcy May Marlene shares similar preoccupations and a filmmaking sensibility that is clearly influenced by the work of Michael Haneke and...
Excerpt: It is not rare to see independently made thrillers every so often, but it certainly is satisfying to see one that is well acted and crafted, rich with intrigue, and full of disturbingly quiet tension.
Excerpt: The Film The Olsen name is not synonymous with good film. With efforts like How the West Was Fun , Mary Kate and Ashley have pretty much made a name and massive fortune on crappy movies geared towards a tween audience. Elizabeth Olsen, however, is a different story. Yes, there is a younger Olsen.
Conclusion: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is a creepy, tense psychological drama that features a great performance by Elizabeth Olsen. Its fragmented narrative offers a refreshing experience, but the plot does feel a little thin and potentially unsatisfying.
Conclusion: Martha Marcy May Marlene is a confident debut for writer/director Sean Durkin and one of 2011's best films, a dark, eerie drama about manipulation, control, and a paranoia. I appreciate that Durkin didn't feel the need to over-explain; he keeps the origins and beliefs of the cult mysterious and...
Excerpt: Movies successfully built on mood are an astonishing high-wire act, requiring not just a remarkable consistency in every scene, but for the audience to immerse themselves in that mood as well.
Excerpt: About halfway through Sean Durkin ’s terrifying drama Martha Marcy May Marlene , the possibly crazy Elizabeth Olsen asks her uptight sister Sarah Paulson if she’s ever had trouble telling the difference between a dream and a memory.