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The Conjuring (2013)
One disappointment after another
First of all, I was really looking forward to see this movie, even though it has such a overused topic as haunted house surely is. But I assumed that James Wan would bring something original to it, as he always does. Maybe I should have just watch the trailer, it gives away the plot and all of the good scares anyway.
This movie doesn't bring anything new to the haunted house horror movies subject. We can see everything that has already been done a billion times in all the other films. Family buys a cheap house with unsure history, check. Pet senses there is something wrong with it and then dies from an unsolved cause, check. Child has an imaginary, most possible a ghost friend, that nobody else can see, check. Clocks stop at exact same time every night, check. Family discovers an attic full of some old and creepy stuff, check.
OK, then some strange things begin to happen all over the house, but the family doesn't intend to leave the house. Only one who eventually leaves is the father who lets defenseless women to their destiny.
The major problem of this movie is, in my opinion, that they build up a tension that isn't followed by anything. You can hear strange noises and doors opening by itself all the time, but you never see a ghost or demon. Then, when they finally show you one it's in the cheap jump scare. Also you don't feel like they're facing a real danger when nobody is killed or even injured although there are some pretty dangerous situations.
All in all, 5/10, it's a watchable movie with decent acting and really good camera work, but nothing breath taking.
Les 7 jours du talion (2010)
This movie will mess with your head
Seven days is a great psychological thriller, in which we can see deeply into the mind of a mourning father and his internal transition.
If you're expecting movie with pain and blood you're going to get it, but you will probably be bored as this movie goes deeper and linger upon the thinking of the both, the criminal and the victim.
Main character being a surgeon give the plot authenticity and the bloody scenes really leave no space for imagination. But it's not like in most film, when you sympathize with the victim and you want the perpetrator to be stopped.
As the movie goes on, you don't know what to think anymore. On one hand you know that anybody can't just take justice in to his own hands, for that we have the courts. On the other hand you start to ruminate if you would have the courage to do the same as the main character.
In the first half of the movie you can see a beginning of a change from a good man, good husband and a good father to a ruthless coldblooded criminal, drifted by the pain from the loss of his daughter and most of all the guilt.
And you have to wait until the very end to see if the transition will be completed.