Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) (No Spoilers)

Well – it turns out Elizabeth Olsen is way more talented than her famous child-star twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The 23-year old can be seen in the lead role of indie thriller ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ where the starlet flawlessly plays Martha, a young woman who after returning into the open arms of her sister and brother-in-law finds herself unable to escape the memories of time spent in an abusive cult.

It’s weird because I’ve watched many a program about cults and various members of these ostracized groups escaping and trying to build normal existences out of nothing and I think this flick captures what that kind of struggle would really be like – at least psychologically, which is why ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ works.

You never doubt Olsen for a second in her comparatively challenging role, and the film really serves as a perfect showcase for her shiny girl-next-door looks and acting capabilities.

The movie’s similarities with the circumstances surrounding Charles Manson’s Family cult don’t damage the film but as per usual with these indie gems the way the story arc is wrapped up at the end of the film has come under fire. I read some valid comments that the film’s climax could be filed under the category ‘Cop Out’, and I do agree that a lot of the movies I have seen lately seem to employ ambiguity over some decent finality and storytelling.

Nevertheless, I do rate this.


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