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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.

Director:

Tom Shankland

Writer:

Clive Bradley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Eddie Argo
Melissa George ... Helen Westcott
Ashley Walters ... Daniel Leone
Tom Hardy ... Pierre Jackson
Paul Kaye ... Dr. Gelb
John Sharian ... Jack Corelli
Selma Blair ... Jean Lerner
Barbara Adair Barbara Adair ... Alice Jackson
Peter Ballance Peter Ballance ... Trucker (as Peter Balance)
Sally Hawkins ... Elly Carpenter
Lauren Hood Lauren Hood ... Sharon Williams
Caroline Lee-Johnson ... Gillian (as Caroline Lee Johnson)
Sean Brian Chipango Sean Brian Chipango ... Jamal Osman / Khaled Osman (as Brian 'Saen' Jordan)
Sheila Kerr Sheila Kerr ... Alison Lerner
Michael Liebmann 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 »


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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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Detective Jackson is looking through Daniel Leone's criminal history, one of the entries states that he was charged with possession of "crystal methadone." There is no such substance. It would either be crystal methamphetamine or simply methadone - most likely the former. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Eddie Argo: Ah shit... I'm fucking scared
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References I Spit on Your Grave (1978) 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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WAZ (aka The Killing Gene)
13 March 2009 | by action-man101See all my reviews

Interesting British-made thriller that borrows heavily (or is that steals?) from Se7en and Saw. Melissa George is cop trying to unravel a series of gruesome murders in New York with her gruff partner, Stellan Skarsgard. Somebody is bumping off several of the city's gang bangers and their loved ones and carving an equation onto their stomachs. The plot covers very familiar ground as the two very different detectives try to identify the killer. George does her best but her character is poorly defined - a bit more background should have been shown. Skarsgard is almost laughable in his attempt to be tough and cool, he merely comes across as being unintelligible. What makes this film different is the surprisingly good cast (Selma Blair, Tom Hardy, Ashley Walters, Sally Hawkins) who turn up. The final plot twist in the last 15 minutes is far-fetched and feels like a sensationalist tabloid headline. Tries to take a novel approach to the torture-porn genre by raising some interesting Darwinian questions but ultimately fails under its own pretensions. It's not hard to see why this went straight to DVD. Nice try though.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,557,010
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2.35 : 1
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