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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,557,010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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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Transcending Torture
26 January 2010 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

When taking a chance on a sight-unseen, used DVD, my expectations are usually fairly reflective of the few bucks I shell out for it. "The Killing Gene," while boasting a fine cast, struck me as nothing more than another blurb-happy, sledgehammer obvious entry in the Dimension 'Extreme' line of hit-or-miss horrors. After having watched it, all I can say is...holy hell. Obviously targeting the audiences that made "Saw" and "Hostel" the New Torture Vanguard (one of the box blurbs directly references the former, not without accuracy), "The Killing Gene"--despite some transparently derivative elements pulled from the genre--comes very close to trouncing its competition. Remember that moment near the end of "Saw" when Cary Elwes does the unthinkable with the titular tool? Well, imagine that degree of gritty intensity stretched out over the course of 102 nerve-shredding minutes, and you have a good idea of what to expect here. Stellan Skarsgard (bearing an uncanny resemblance to Donald Pleasence) plays a homicide detective investigating a string of torture-murders with novice cop Melissa George; suspicions are running that the killer is targeting a group of vile gang members out of revenge for an equally hideous crime (which I won't reveal here; it's a truly horrifying scene). Clive Bradley's script doesn't use the torture angle as a mere marketable throwaway, nor does it treat the characters as meat for the machine; there is a surprising amount of development here, to the point where our sympathies and doubts become one and the same. From a visual standpoint, director Tom Shankland ("The Children") uses jerky digital video and claustrophobic close-ups to convey a sense of urgency within a decaying urban nightmare from which all hope has been drained (this could very well be the most squalid metropolis since David Fincher's "Se7en"). As an unapologetic, unashamed horror fan, I often find myself sitting through garbage that isn't worth the DVD it's pressed on, which makes something like "The Killing Gene" all the more refreshing. Yes, there are some parts you'll feel as though you've seen before; but damned if the overall experience doesn't leave you shaken and adequately disturbed afterward. (It also bears noting that this R-rated film contains some of the most unglamorous, boundary-pushing violence in recent memory.)


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