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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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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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Would you kill the one you love to save yourself from death? 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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22 February 2008 (UK)  »

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£5,000,000 (estimated)
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Producer James Richardson read the script while on his honeymoon. See more »

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When Daniel Leone gives the slip to his police escort he does so in a Jeep with a hard top, a few minutes later, still driving the same jeep, the engine stalls but the jeep now has a soft top on. See more »

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Helen Westcott: I was warned you are an asshole!
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The end credits roll while a proof of the Price equation shows up. See more »

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This graphic thriller with elements of horror and suspense is well made but incredibly grim also.
4 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

A veteran police detective by the name of Eddie Argo (Stellan Skarsgard) investigates the bizarre serial murders in the seedy streets of New York City. Eddie is team with a bright female rookie (Melissa George) to find the murderer. While on the case, they find out the victims were forced to kill themselves or kill a life of a loved one to save themselves. They soon realized, this psychopath (Selma Blair) is out for revenge and she won't stop her carnage until her vengeance is done.

Directed by Tom Shankland made an intelligent, thought-provoking thriller with moments of brutality and effective moments of graphic violence. Skarsgard, George, Ashley Walters as Eddie's informer and Blair gives strong memorable performances. Originally titled "W Delta Z", "The Killing Gene" is a well made film that wasn't well marketed, it went straight to DVD in most countries and released limited to theaters instead. The picture should found an audience on DVD.

The DVD has an dark atmospheric (and grainy) anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an fine Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD also includes three featurettes, deleted scenes and an trailer. "The Killing Gene" is a harsh, mean-spirited film that is smart and the visual look of the movie is uniquely unsettling (The way this picture should look). A very good film is certainly not for the squeamish and too depressing for some viewers. If you have the stomach for it, this is exceptionally well written by Clive Bradley and it has a couple of unexpected genuine plot twists in the third act. Don't miss it. HD Widescreen. (****/*****).


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