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The Killing Gene (2007)
"w Delta z" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  22 February 2008 (UK)
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A calculating killer coerces a detective to pay for his previous mistakes.

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Daniel Leone
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Dr. Gelb
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Jack Corelli
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Barbara Adair ...
Alice Jackson
Peter Ballance ...
Trucker (as Peter Balance)
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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
Michael Liebmann ...
Wesley Smith (as Michael Liebman)
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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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Love doesn't hurt. It kills. See more »


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

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£5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Associate producer Brock Norman Brock, supporting actor Tom Hardy, and cinematographer Morten Søborg shortly after this film would work with Nicolas Winding Refn. Brock (as co-writer) and Hardy (in the lead titular role) in Bronson (2008) and Søborg (who is famous for his work with Refn) in Valhalla Rising (2009). See more »

Goofs

At about 49 minutes in, in a scene at the police station, a sticker on a file cabinet reads "COUNTRY; 98.8 KSRS". FM stations in the US only advance in odd 10ths (such as 98.1, 98.3, etc). Also, KSRS is a radio station in Roseburg, Oregon...not exactly New York City. See more »

Quotes

Gelb: [explaining the W Delta Z equation] The selfish gene...
Helen Westcott: Go on.
Gelb: You think a bird will sacrifice itself for the flock, or a bee will sting a predator and die for the hive? How noble. How heroic.
Helen Westcott: And it isn't true?
Gelb: No, it isn't true. Suppose you put a snake into the cage and one of the monkeys is a hero - yeah, lures it away, lets it eat him. But it's not heroism. It's not selflessness. Forget the bees. Forget the monkey. The monkey's nothing. Just think what the monkey's made of.
Helen Westcott: What's that?
Gelb: ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Hostile
Written by Diamond/Hall/McTiernan
Performed by Machine W!elding Weapons
Published by A7 Music
Courtesy of 7PM Management
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Kill or be killed? What a thought provoking question.
24 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wowee what a film, from the first minute I was hooked, totally glued to the screen. A cop thriller that isn't afraid to hold back, beware that this movie is gritty, gruesome and very graphic. A lot of reviews compare this to movies such as Saw and Se7en and I can certainly see similarities, particularly with Saw but this is so much more than a torture porn franchise which has no end.

The story is about a killer committing gruesome murders against the gangs in new York, with each new body there is a carving etched into the skin "wDeltaz", the police soon find out that the person they are hunting is someone they are already familiar with. Movies as good as this don't come along very often, the smart script, the acting, the thought provoking subject matter, the exquisite way the director handles the murder scenes to not just make them cheesy horror movie killings is fantastic.

Melissa George and Stellan Skarsgard work well together, they both have a great screen relationship, I particularly liked Melissa's character, a woman who at first seems fragile and not a very brave cop but who soon becomes tough as nails, Melissa George is a very fine actress and it's great to see her do something very different. Also, Sally Hawkins stands out once again as a drug addict mother who commits the unspeakable, she's just stellar.

When you find out who the killer is and why they're doing these horrible things, that's when you'll really start to question everything. This movie is definitely worth seeing, it will spark a talk afterwards and will certainly leave an impression, a brutal but brilliant revenge thriller.


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