7 Days (Les 7 jours du talion) Reviews
Compared to it's U.S remake (Tortured) the acting was believeable and touching at times, the tortures themselves were more simplified, again adding to the anticipation and realism, this version is a little drawn out and it does have a different ending, but comparing shows the different between a good Psychological Thriller and an ok Horror movie.
Surgeon Bruno Hamel lives in fine house with his loving wife and eight year old daughter 'Jasmine' (Rose-Marie Coallier). One fine morning Bruno kisses Jasmine before she leaves for her school on foot. The very evening, Bruno answers knock at the door, only to be surprised by Jasmine's classmate who gives him homework for his daughter, who did not appear in the school. Bruno calls the police and joins him in search of his daughter - the police and Bruno locate dead-body of Jasmine, raped and tortured. Police detective Mercury (Rémy Girard) who has himself been suffering from memories of his wife, who was murdered in supermarket-burglary - caught on CCTV footage, that he watches most of the time. Mercury informs Bruno that perpetrator has been caught (after matching of DNA from sperm on victim's body) but the court-proceedings are going to be formality, nothing else. Bruno devises his secret plan, rents a cottage for ($10,000 per day) in woods, buys surgical instruments, and successfully abducts Jasmine's rapist-cum-murderer 'Lemaire' (Martin Dubreuil). Bruno ties him in the cottage and inflicts harsh tortures upon him for 7 days.
It does sound like that usual story you often hear - and to some degree I quite agree with you on that thought. The directing and acting are good - but most of the time the filmmaker does not know what to do next. I mean 7 days title is emphatic and it gives you a thought about what might be in store for you. For me those 7 days passed with no impactful memory of the previous days (what could've actually taken place). - I only noticed a big blow on thigh of the victim by huge hammer, incineration of kidney, and few iron whips.
The film echoes some valid questions about, justice, anguish, law-protection etc.