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The Treatment (2014)

De behandeling (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 29 January 2014 (Belgium)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Hans Herbots

Writers:

Mo Hayder (novel), Carl Joos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geert Van Rampelberg ... Nick Cafmeyer
Ina Geerts ... Danni Petit
Johan van Assche Johan van Assche ... Ivan Plettinckx
Laura Verlinden ... Steffi Vankerkhove
Dominique Van Malder Dominique Van Malder ... Roland Claeren
Roel Swanenberg Roel Swanenberg ... Hans Vankerkhove (as Roel Swaenenberg)
Kyan Steverlynck Kyan Steverlynck ... Joff Vankerkhove
Ingrid De Vos Ingrid De Vos ... Nancy Lammers
Michael Vergauwen ... Chris Gommaer
Circé Lethem ... Iris Kryotos (as Circe Lethem)
Brit Van Hoof Brit Van Hoof ... Cindy Simons
Tibo Vandenborre ... Alex Simons
Stan Puynen Stan Puynen ... Robin Simons
Roy Aernouts Roy Aernouts ... Bjorn Cafmeyer
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Inspecteur Verbraeke
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Storyline

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. Written by AnonymousB

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Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

29 January 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

The Treatment See more »

Filming Locations:

Gemeentelijk Zwembad Aartselaar

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,454,682
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the book of the same named by author Mo Hayder. The Treatment is the second volume in the series which follows English detective Jack Caffrey. See more »

Goofs

Film is not developed under a red light in a dark room, as shown. The chemicals are too sensitive to light, and exposing it to even a tiny bit of light will fog the picture. The film is placed in a light sealed canister, either under total darkness or using a special light sealed handling bag, that allows chemicals to be added and removed without exposing the film to light. Film paper onto which a picture has been projected is, however, developed as shown. See more »

Quotes

Roland Claeren: [Repeated line] I need it for the treatment... I NEED IT FOR MY TREATMENT
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Emotional subject matter, "OK" film
16 June 2014 | by MovieSonicSee all my reviews

Some films get a "free pass" i.e. an IMDb rating of 7 or higher (which makes the film a must-watch) because of their subject matter. Any film which deals with difficult subject matter such as child abduction, molestation etc. will automatically pull at the heart strings so you can't really go wrong with them in terms of audience investment in the characters and the story.

Yes, this film is worth watching because you will of course be emotionally impacted (unless you have no feelings) but I've rated the film a 6 based on the merits of the production and writing etc. The film definitely has Hollywood's production quality and the main actors are charismatic if a little hollow.

My main gripe(s) with this film are: movie realism. It is an accepted fact that police officers ALWAYS go off the deep end and break ALL the rules to solve crimes and hell, normal people would too! If I were confronting a paedophile and trying to get information, they'd at least lose a few fingers before I would give up - what the hell is this guy doing? There are so many scenes where you're expecting the lead guy to do something above and beyond to get what he needs but he doesn't and it's so frustrating! and unbelievable! Not just in movie land but in the real world too! Frankly, this guy's police work and deduction skills are appalling (not the actor's fault of course). There was one particular word which connected things but it made no sense that ALL the kids would be using the same word... why?! Did the guy have this word tattooed on his forehead or something??

Too many times I had to go 'urgh, as if' at the screen and the ending was infuriating. ¡It's not exactly Fort Knox though is it!

So it's worth watching just because of the subject matter... except it's not is it? Because the subject matter is revolting.

Truth be told, up until things started to get ridiculous, I would have recommended watching this film but now that I've seen the whole thing, I'm not going to. I still give it a 6 for the production quality and the acting and the (unfortunately) emotional storyline but take the latter out and it's just a glossy Hollywood type film with a lot of flaws in the story telling.

6/10


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