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The Treatment 2014

  • Hans Herbots
  • January 29, 2014
  • 131 mins
  • Dutch; Flemish
  • Thriller, Mystery
Inspector Nick Cafmeyer seems to have it all - looks, brains and a successful career. But a dark cloud hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother, Bjorn. Plettinckx, a known sex offender, was questioned but quickly released. Plettinckx lives close by and takes fiendish pleasure in harassing Nick. Then, when a disturbing case comes to light involving a missing nine-year-old, Nick heads a massive search which turns into a relentless manhunt.

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A rather grim film and apart from the disturbing subject matter, there is little to distinguish this from any other police/detective thriller. Unfortunately, the procedural aspects are often far-fetched and the need to tie the central character's past with his current investigation borders on ridiculous at times. Instead the film relies on its subject matter to shock making it impossible to actually enjoy the film simply as a by-the-numbers thriller. The performances are fine and there are some tense moments, but this is as much down to the subject matter of the film as it is to anything else.

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The bad guy is a bastard, the cop is haunted, but the worst is the woman. Depressing and too long

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