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W Delta Z (The Killing Gene)

W Delta Z (The Killing Gene) (2006)


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A seasoned gangland detective who always plays by the rules finds his integrity put to the ultimate test after he and his partner are drawn into a sadistic game of death. Ask any officer on the force about Detective Eddie Argo (Stellan Skarsgard), and odds are good they'll tell you he's one of few honest cops left in this lawless city. But recently Detective Argo and his rookie partner Helen (Melissa George) have become entangled in a gruesome series of murders targeting the city's most


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Aug 12, 2008

Vertigo Films

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The performances are intense and Morton Søborg's gritty, atmospheric cinematography recalls '70s crime movies such as 'The French Connection'. Sadly, the tonally uneven 'WAZ' cannot quite match their piercing intelligence.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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'The Killing Gene' feels like a film that was trying to be something else -- maybe a dark and bloody episode of 'The Wire.'

August 10, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Think of Saw and multiply it by Seven.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A little too close to torture-porn for most tastes, but debutant director Tom Shankland shows promise.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This serial-killer horror is a knockoff of the now seriously knackered Saw franchise.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Ugly to look at and nasty in the extreme, this British-made flick should please genre fans with its icky body horror. Beneath the surface gore, there's a healthy amount of psychological intensity for such a seemingly hackneyed Fincher clone.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Recommended for audiences who thought Kevin Bacon's Death Sentence was too restrained; everyone else steer clear.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The most unusual and original horror film to be made on these isles in many a year.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies UK
IGN Movies UK

Although he struggles to make the British-feeling production convince, UK helmer Tom Shankland gets the faux-Fincher nihilism just right.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC

If you've got the stomach for strong scenes of torture, and the heart to take part in an uncomfortable debate about human nature, this intelligent horror is well worth your time...

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Enjoyably trashy thriller, stylishly directed by Tom Shankland, despite a couple of dodgy performances and an over-reliance on gory torture scenes towards the end.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Out of the bloodiest horror, the darkest noir and the bleakest morality drama, Tom Shankland has crafted an unusual and highly affecting love story, with a central performance from Stellan Skarsgård to die for.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The film succeeds on the back of one stellar performance, two surprisingly engaging plot threads, and a whole bunch of seriously unpleasant atmosphere.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: FEARnet

It's a little misguided, but you can't help but admire [Shankland's] fierce sense of style.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for W Delta Z (The Killing Gene)

My predicted rating: 3

This plot could easily have been made into a gritty Thriller, or a very suspenseful Horror, instead it came across as a cheap version of an otherwise potentially good film. The acting started off pretty poor and got better in parts. The Brit Actors were quality Actors who are worthy of much better roles.

It was sort of watchable, but totally lacked any suspense.
September 25, 2011

Super Reviewer

This film has, deceivingly, been pitched as "Saw" by way of "Se7en". Firstly, it doesn't have the originality of the first "Saw" installment and secondly, it is by no means, anywhere near as good as "Se7en".
New York cops Eddie Argo (Stellan Skarsgard) and Helen Westcott (Melissa George) investigate a series of bizarre murders in which innocents are tortured in front of guilty loved ones who could (but don't) volunteer to die in their place.
The fact that it's a serial killer yarn is frankly, the only comparison that can be made with the films mentioned above. It has the atmosphere in abundance, looking very gritty and dangerous but all it achieves in doing, is reminding you that graphic violence in films is completely unnecessary, if the script is in place beforehand. Which this just doesn't have. It strings us along with the old who-done-it? storyline but after half an hour of it's nasty attitude and having a lack of identity with the characters, I couldn't care less who done what, or why, when, or how. All I was aware of was that I couldn't give a shit if any of them sneezed and their heads fell off. A shame really, as it uses a philsophical question as a good narrative tool. Asking "does altruism exist in nature?" In dealing with altruism it should have shown some of it's own and saved us from this abusive assault. However, a short appearance from the very talented Tom Hardy and Stellan Skarsgard getting the lead role for a change, are plus points.
A film that really looks the part but leaves a rotten aftertaste and ultimately falls into torture-porn category.
December 15, 2010

Super Reviewer

ok movie on more then that.
check it out if your bored
June 25, 2008

Super Reviewer

He's a grizzled, veteran detective. She's a rookie getting her first taste of the big city. Serial killer turns up with ties to a case in his past.
It wants to be the next Se7en (by way of Saw), but is a very long way away from it's goal. It's also crap.
August 19, 2010

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