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Friday, July 30, 2010

[5.75/10] Les 7 Jours Du Talion a.k.a. 7 Days (2010)

Les 7 Jours Du Talion


7 Days (2010)

The French/Canadian "Les 7 Jours Du Talion" tells a story of a Father's vengeance for his eight year old daughter that was raped and murdered. He masterminds a plan to get the perpetrator alone for 7 Days so he can quell his own flooding emotions. Although "7 Days" is pretty straight-forward thriller, it's dark, gritty, depressing and very realistic, and it features a powerful and credible central performance from Claude Legault - a sane man gone mad in seeking revenge for the murder of his beloved daughter. The torture scenes are brutal, graphic and marvellously-handled. The cold, bluish tint of the picture and low-key colors create very dark, even depressing atmosphere, that suits well to the overall mood of the movie. Daniel Grou's direction isn't anything special or innovative, but his shots are precised and his camera movements are slow, slick and smooth. The script is rather good, but uses very limited dialogue. On the negative side, "7 Days" completely lacks music, which purpose is to bring a stronger feeling of realism into the story, but in fact it doesn't help much. Also, the sluggish pace makes it even harder to sit through, and its fairly predictable ending leaves you wanting more. Overall, I have mixed feelings about "Les 7 Jours Du Talion" - loved the performances and film's visual style, and hated the utter lack of surprises, and the very little suspense it offered.

  • My Rating: 5.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 83% (7.0/10)
  • IMDb: 7.0/10


Jaccstev said...

Haven't heard about this film before but with so many horror titles these days it surely will be very hard to find one with genuine level of surprises.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

"7 Days" premiered on 22 January 2010 at Sundance Film Festival. It will be out on DVD very soon, so you might check it out, Jaccsy. It was one of those 'credible' horrors. It was rather thriller than horror.

Maynard Morrissey said...

totally agree with your review. Don't understand all the praise this movie gets.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Maynard, neither am I. It was kinda dull.