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The Killing Gene (2007)

w Delta z (original title)
A calculating killer coerces a detective to pay for his previous mistakes.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Leone
Dr. Gelb
Jack Corelli
Barbara Adair ...
Alice Jackson
Peter Ballance ...
Trucker (as Peter Balance)
Elly Carpenter
Lauren Hood ...
Sharon Williams
Caroline Lee-Johnson ...
Gillian (as Caroline Lee Johnson)
Sean Brian Chipango ...
Jamal Osman / Khaled Osman (as Brian 'Saen' Jordan)
Sheila Kerr ...
Alison Lerner
Wesley Smith (as Michael Liebman)


A series of deaths have started occurring in New York; Some are being found mutilated while others have an equation wÎ"z = Cov (w,z) = ßwzVz carved onto their skin. As police investigate they discover each victim was forced to choose between sacrificing their own life or a loved ones' life. Before long it becomes clear that this perpetrator has suffered just such a similar fate...so now is coping by seeking a way of solving this philosophical enigma, can Captain Maclean and his officers such as Eddie Argo and his new partner Helen Westcott stop this suspect, because he/she won't not until he/she gets to the end of this equation. Written by suspicious

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Would you kill the one you love to save yourself from death? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence including a rape, gruesome images and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Killing Gene  »

Box Office


£5,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer James Richardson read the script while on his honeymoon. See more »


The first time we see the police whiteboard it has "W Delta Z" and "W Delta Z = Cov" written on it (even though no corpse has borne the "v" at that point). But in the next shot the board says only "W Delta Z = Co". See more »


Gelb: Just imagine a hero without a genetic motive. Not a relative, not a potential mate. Now, that would be interesting, wouldn't it?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits roll while a proof of the Price equation shows up. See more »


References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »


Written by Diamond/Hall/McTiernan
Performed by Machine W!elding Weapons
Published by A7 Music
Courtesy of 7PM Management
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User Reviews

An excellent thriller. I took a very nice surprise with it
15 October 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I was not very interested in watching WAZ, because the plot summary sounded as another poor rehash of Seven and Saw.However, I took a huge surprise with this film.WAZ ended up being an excellent thriller, and although it shares a few elements with them, I think it is a big mistake to say it is a rehash of Seven and Saw.

The screenplay from WAZ is truly brilliant.Recent "torture-porn" films (like The Strangers, Saw V or Captivity) bored me very much, because they do not endorse the torture scenes with a solid screenplay.Fortunately, WAZ endorses its brutal violence with interesting characters and a very intelligent story which reflects about some fascinating topics.And, because of that narrative complexity, the torture scenes have a much bigger emotional impact than almost all the others "torture-porn" thrillers.Besides, this movie has an ingenious twist at the end which does not leave any plot holes and closes the story perfectly.

Stellan Skarsgård and Melissa George bring great performances.They both show a good level of intensity, and they are very involved on their characters, so they result very credible.Pity these two perfect performances went completely unnoticed.

I really did not expect to like this movie so much.WAZ is an excellent (not to mention very underrated) thriller which deserves an enthusiastic recommendation, with the warning that the scenes of violence may result too intense for some people.I took a huge surprise with this film.

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