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7 Days [DVD]
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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2010
I don't normally feel the need to write reviews on items I buy, but this is an exception because I believe it is a film that can quite easily be misunderstood, as evidenced by another reviewers take.

The box doesn't help itself with the Saw comparison. I personally can't abide what Saw has become, the first one was a bit of a watershed for the 'torture porn' sub genre (I do hate that name) and a landmark horror of the noughties, but it soon descended into absolute farce, not scary, not clever, and as it limped to into it's sixth instalment, I would go far as to say totally laughable.

Anyway, back to 7 days. This film is a bleak, unsettling documentary of one man's quest for revenge on the rapist and murderer of his 8 year old daughter. He manages to kidnap him from police custody and takes him to a deserted cabin in the middle of nowhere where he plans to torture him to death over the following 7 days. However he is a doctor, and although this comes in handy when exacting his revenge on his daughters killer, he was also a compassionate and gentle person before he lost his daughter, and his actions coupled with the grief of losing his only child start to take there toll on his sanity...

There are scenes of brutality but they are sparse, which hieghtens their impact when the do happen. The violence is realistic and nasty, but overall the movie is more focused on the doctors descent into depression. It is light on dialogue and music, preferring to convey the despair and depression through silence and a washed out colour palette. It is a far more human film than the Saw comparison gives it credit for, and the real horror fans who appreciate more than vivisectionist splatter will find plenty to immerse themselves in here.

A sterling effort and a quite haunting film in it's own right. Recommended.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2012
This really is a stunning film, forget the torture porn analogies, this is probably the first anti-torture porn film. Claude Legault puts in a truly oustanding performance as the surgeon turned torturer who kidnaps the man who has killed his daughter. There's no need for me to tell you what it's about I'll just say it's a brutal, brilliant study of what happens to a man when he actually gets to carry out his revenge fantasies. It's not an easy watch and it has no easy answers, but it's majestic, powerful and disturbing all at the same time.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I felt I needed to leap to the defence of '7 Days' as a few others have here - unhelpful 'Saw' comparsions aside, there is far, far more to this film that meets the eye.

Forget the 'Saw' comparsions; 'torture porn' it isn't - a sombre, bleak study of one man's guilt and desperation following a shocking and sudden bereavement it certainly is.

The desperate journey made by the male lead is a fascinating and moving one (played by Claude Legault). As you've probably gathered; after kidnapping his daughter's killer, Legault's character spends seven days in isolation with him.

In days 1,2, 3 and 4 he 'gives it' to his daughter's murderer hook line and sinker (hence the lazy 'Saw' comparison). Thereafter his doubt, his self questioning, the blurring of his reality, his core morals and a lot more all kick in - it's here that 7 Days goes from good to great. Incredibly deep, incredibly evocative his 'eye for an eye' vs. doing the 'right' thing inner battle plays out superbly.

The sub-plot of the widowed police decective is very intereting too and through his telephone conversations with the kidnapper is also made to question his mindset (his wife was shot dead as revealed early on). In addition' there is the contrast in public opinion - as reveled through newsreels some are completely behind him killing his daughter's murderer, whilst some are not. Another brave look at the human/sometimes media driven psyche.

A very sombre film, brilliantly shot in cold, silvery tones, 7 Days makes you have a good think about things we probably don't want to actally think about! It's not one to 'enjoy'....but it's most certainly not one to forget either.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2012
7 Days is a haunting tale about a man seeking revenge for his daughters brutal rape and murder. Claude Legault's performance is almost flawless infact all the actors are as near to perfection as a director would wish to get. the gore (there isnt much) is very realistic. there is a sub plot of a police officer who lost his wife in a shop robbery gone wrong, which you find your self ignoring because the main narrative is enough in its self. you have no sympathy for the man who commited the murder, but you do however have a massive amount of support for the main character who lost his only child to a disturbing and cold crime. the message of the stroy pulls at heart strings, can Bruno (main character) actually bring himself to kill the man who killed his daughter, will his sense of right and wrong prevale in the end? do morals triumph over the want for revenage. its a must watch if you like good thrillers, the frecnh do do it best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2013
This film was described as being similar to the Saw movies, which I have watched and enjoyed as excellent horror movies. 7 Days is a film I feel would be more appropriate to be compared to "I Spit On Your Grave".
This is a film telling the story of a couple whose 8 year old daughter is brutally raped, murdered and left in the bushes to be found by her father. The actors who play the parents, and the police detective could not have played these roles any better.
The father manages to abduct the man proved by DNA to have committed this crime. He intends to torture him for 7 days, then kill him on his daughter's 9th birthday before giving himself up.
As the 7 days progress, you see him trying to relieve his own incredible pain and suffering onto his "victim" using various methods, yet not for a second did I feel remotely sorry for this man being tortured. I am not a sadistic person, but the acting performance by this man playing a grieving father was so that you could almost feel his grief and see that it was he that was being tortured more than his victim.
Personally I found this father's grief harder to bear than anything he was doing to that man who caused it yet you see the father realise that inflicting pain on this paedophile is not helping to relieve his own suffering.
The detective who is searching for him lost his own wife to a murderer who is now in jail, and you see him fighting his own feelings of inadequacy while he still grieves his wife. He feels deeply for this father's suffering as he knows that there could be no deeper grief than to have lost a child in this way.
This is NOT a cheap video nasty, it is a real story that will leave you asking yourself a lot of questions afterwards. Well worth watching, and not as gory as Saw!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2010
A child goes missing and sadly is found dead after having been abused and assaulted. The perpetrator is caught but ends up in the hands of the childs father.He is a surgeon, so obviously knows what to do to a body, and proceeds, over the next seven days to "operate" of course, without the use of anesthetic. This is not only a film about revenge, this father is slowly going out of his mind, and I feel he is just as driven to deal out his own form of punishment as he is to hide in his misery. A good film,worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
A doctors daughter is raped and killed...This breaks the doctor and his wife..They hatch a plan to kidnap the killer..The film now descends into revenge and tourchor..being a doctor, he know the limits of what a person can stand, just short of death..the film is a little sickening, but if you like real horror, this is such a film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a very good revenge themed movie with some really disturbing imagery and scenes of torture, the story is nasty and deals with a family whos child is raped and murdered by a local pervert and the father after pulling a few strings gets the man responsible and takes him to a remote cabin to give him his own form of punishment but how far will he go before the police find out where he is, its a nasty theme and it shows how one would go crazy and do anything to get revenge as we probably all would feel in this situation, the torture scenes are painful to watch if your squeamish, I wouldnt say they were hardcore but good enough for this type of thriller, the French dialogue is pretty easy to follow as most of the time its screaming. This is a good movie and worth checking out.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2010
this film is difficult to watch to start,you want to look away but you cannot, you feel bad for watching but cant switch off.
I am an avid thriller/horror movie fan and i have to say i am unsure where to put this film, the torture scenes make you cringe,they are done so realisticaly with raw emotion its all that more amazing to watch, not overly gruesome but at a level to make you clench your fists and wanna close your eyes.
It is a french film and it is amazing it is far better than the american rip off that is tortured..better acting..better scenes..all together better..
Take a look
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2012
7 Days is a French Canadian film so the film is subbed and the actors speak French. There is no English at all during the entirety of the movie, so if you don't like subbed films, then perhaps this film isn't for you.

This is an incredible, if a little long-winded film about a little girl who goes missing and is found raped and murdered. Her father, having found out who her killer is, decides to extract his revenge on him by ambushing the van he was being transported to prison to, kidnapping him and torturing him for a week. His methods are brutal and barbaric and will have even the most harderned horror fans squirming.

All of the actors are incredible in this movie. It isn't just meant to be about violence, but is a psychological thriller. It delves deep into the father's mind and really portrays how such a devastating crime can have the most awful effect on loved ones etc. It makes you wonder about some things; what is right, and what is wrong?

Me, my brother and my boyfriend have suggested this film to friends and family and everyone has enjoyed this film.
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