Notable Cast: Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan Van Assche, Laura Verlinden, Dominique Van Malder, Roel Swanenberg
There is a kind of film that exists which impresses with its thoughtful writing, crisp execution, and impactful themes, but remains a film that’s hard to call enjoyable. This is exactly where The Treatment falls as a film. It’s a gripping, intense, and often hard to handle thriller that touches on some very disturbing subject matter within its plot. It’s one of those films that as the final credits rolled, I kept replaying the events of the film in my head over and over as it had such a lingering effect on me. It also speaks volumes to the strong execution that this film utilizes to tell its dire tale…one that’s certain to be remembered as a strong contender for best thriller of the year.
Nick (Rampelberg) is a great detective and one whose dedication to sealing the deal is powered by the disappearance of his brother at a very young age. When a family is discovered beaten and starved with their little boy missing, he will stop at nothing to bring the perpetrator to justice…even when the strings he pulls begin to unravel a massive and decade long series of events that might even link to his own past.
|"I'll get that bird that did this to my car."
I’m specifically keeping many of the details about the plot vague here as The Treatment truly is a film to experience. Director Hans Herbots navigates the subtle narrative and extreme visual elements of the film with such artful ease that often I was consumed by the way the film was playing out and I forgot that I was even watching a film. Whether it’s the numerous phenomenal performances from an astounding cast (early on in the film we see the mother of the family that was held captive and her brief screen time was brilliant to watch, and these kinds of minor yet stand-out performances litter the entire film) and an almost relentless pacing that prevents the audience from relaxing, The Treatment is not a film for the weak of heart. If you took what Prisoners did and fold in even a more intense and horrifying plot then you are just starting to understand what this film delivers. It’s a film that is executed in the highest of caliber and it makes every bit pay off.
|I've had nightmares that started off this way.