w Delta z (2006)




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A weary New York City cop (Stellan Skarsgard) and his rookie partner (Melissa George) probe a series of gruesome murders linked to a mysterious equation in this intense and gripping thriller in the tradition of "Seven" and "Saw." Selma Blair, Ashley Walters, Tom Hardy, Paul Kaye. Directed by Tom Shankland.
R (for strong brutal violence including a rape, gruesome images and pervasive language)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Vertigo Films


Barbara Adair
as Alice Jackson
Stellan Skarsgard
as Eddie Argo
Selma Blair
as Jean Lerner
Melissa George
as Helen Westcott
Tom Hardy
as Pierre Jackson
Sally Hawkins
as Elly Carpenter
Lauren Hood
as Sharon Williams
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

'The Killing Gene' feels like a film that was trying to be something else -- maybe a dark and bloody episode of 'The Wire.'

Full Review… | August 10, 2008

Think of Saw and multiply it by Seven.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Financial Times

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2008

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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Total Film

Audience Reviews for w Delta z


Selma Blair starred in this thriller about a woman's revenge on the corrupted city to bring back her own unique justice. Unfortunately, even the talented cast and interesting premise cannot save the film from it's cheap execution and poor camerawork.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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.

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

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