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I thought initially that this film looked like the same old revenge type horror that has been done a million times, however whilst it doesn't necessarily have a particularly new concept it is done in such a good way that it really captures your attention rather than making you think 'here we go again'. It is a French film & therefore subtitled, which I know puts some people off but doesn't really bother me.
The basic idea is that surgeon Dr Hamel is seeking revenge on the man who raped & murdered his 8 year old daughter. We see the initial scene of his daughter skipping off, him & his wife later realising she's missing and then the police arriving to begin a search. When the body is found I must warn you that it is quite graphic & some may find this scene quite distressing, which is part & parcel of the subject matter really. It portrays the days which follow and the grief and numbness felt by the parents, as well as their own feelings of guilt, brilliantly. When Hamel sees the man captured for his daughter's murder smirking in front of the tv cameras he decides he can't just sit there and let this man go off to jail for a few years, he wants a more fitting punishment for him.
Without spoiling it by going into all the ins and outs of it Hamel manages to capture the accused and hold him hostage at a remote cottage. It is one week until what would have been his daughter's 9th birthday and he decides to inflict as much pain as possible upon this monster for the 7 days at which point he will end his life. He advises the authorities of his intentions and it is interesting to watch the conflicting emotions of the police officers who know they must stop this but deep down feel that this man deserves what he gets.
The ways in which he inflicts pain & discomfort on his daughter's killer are not only brutal and somewhat sadistic but they are well thought through. Rather than just beat him he considers how best to make this man suffer. But as the 7 days come to a close will the police catch up with him before he can carry out his ultimate goal?