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Not one for the hardcore gore hound, but...,
This review is from: 7 Days [DVD] (DVD)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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Initial post: 18 Feb 2011 20:05:57 GMT
finally a proper review from some one who seems to genuinely appreciate what the 'true' horror fan likes and wants. The hapless, and mindless banality of the modernistic 'vivisectionist splatter' movie is a totally different kind of product, for a totally different kind of horror fan than the more thoughtful suspense that creates a place for the viewer to use their imagination and frighten themselves. After nearly 10 years of Shlockmister gore and blood splatter filled, but seriously lacking in any genuine FRIGHTS or SUSPENSE such as saw 1-6 and hostel, YAWN!! its about time there were some proper suspense films. Its about time these modern directors look back to the classic scary movies such as THE ORIGINAL BLACK &WHITE VERSION OF 'THE HAUNTING' with nothing more than sounds, excellent camera work and lighting, created one of the scariest nerve shredders I've ever seen and I'm in my late 30's now and have been a horror fan since the first time i watched THE HAUNTING AND SCARED MYSELF SO BADLY I DIDN'T DARE TURN THE LIGHT OUT FOR A WEEK, LETS GET BACK TO BASICS!!!!
Posted on 20 Apr 2011 16:36:31 BDT
Thanks for the review, really helped me make an informed decision. Most of the other reviews really turned me away from this film, but yours has definitely peaked my interest. I have never been a fan of the Saw films, and whenever I bring up horror movies in conversation I clench with reluctant anticipation at the inevitable "Have you seen the latest Saw film?". They are without a doubt the most overrated franchise (And a franchise is what it is, designed to milk the final scraps of originality from the cinematic cash cow) I've ever seen, and any comparison that can be drawn from another film is usually enough to put me off watching it. They are to Horror what Freddy Got Fingered is to comedy; Gross, thin, and aimed at the easily amused. Glad to see someone has reviewed this based on its own independent merit, and I look forward to watching this film which would have otherwise slipped under my radar
Posted on 1 Jun 2011 18:31:23 BDT
Great review as others have mentioned. I myself do not think the film quite got the tone right - it didn't earn the right to show the most shocking of scenes, but as a piece of cinema it was very interesting. I don't mind the first few Saw films myself, but comparing this film to that franchise is, as you pointed out, not just.
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