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Movie Info

A weary New York City cop (Stellan Skarsgard) and his rookie partner (Melissa George) probe a series of gruesome murders linked to a mysterious equation in this intense and gripping thriller in the tradition of "Seven" and "Saw." Selma Blair, Ashley Walters, Tom Hardy, Paul Kaye. Directed by Tom Shankland.

Cast

Barbara Adair
as Alice Jackson
Selma Blair
as Jean Lerner
Melissa George
as Helen Westcott
Tom Hardy
as Pierre Jackson
Sally Hawkins
as Elly Carpenter
Lauren Hood
as Sharon Williams
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Critic Reviews for w Delta z

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (4)

  • Think of Saw and multiply it by Seven.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A little too close to torture-porn for most tastes, but debutant director Tom Shankland shows promise.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This serial-killer horror is a knockoff of the now seriously knackered Saw franchise.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Although he struggles to make the British-feeling production convince, UK helmer Tom Shankland gets the faux-Fincher nihilism just right.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • The performances are intense and Morton Søborg's gritty, atmospheric cinematography recalls '70s crime movies such as 'The French Connection'. Sadly, the tonally uneven 'WAZ' cannot quite match their piercing intelligence.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • 'The Killing Gene' feels like a film that was trying to be something else -- maybe a dark and bloody episode of 'The Wire.'

    Aug 10, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for w Delta z

  • Dec 07, 2014
    Selma Blair starred in this thriller about a woman's revenge on the corrupted city to bring back her own unique justice. Unfortunately, even the talented cast and interesting premise cannot save the film from it's cheap execution and poor camerawork.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    This film has, deceivingly, been pitched as "Saw" by way of "Se7en". Firstly, it doesn't have the originality of the first "Saw" installment and secondly, it is by no means, anywhere near as good as "Se7en". New York cops Eddie Argo (Stellan Skarsgard) and Helen Westcott (Melissa George) investigate a series of bizarre murders in which innocents are tortured in front of guilty loved ones who could (but don't) volunteer to die in their place. The fact that it's a serial killer yarn is frankly, the only comparison that can be made with the films mentioned above. It has the atmosphere in abundance, looking very gritty and dangerous but all it achieves in doing, is reminding you that graphic violence in films is completely unnecessary, if the script is in place beforehand. Which this just doesn't have. It strings us along with the old who-done-it? storyline but after half an hour of it's nasty attitude and having a lack of identity with the characters, I couldn't care less who done what, or why, when, or how. All I was aware of was that I couldn't give a shit if any of them sneezed and their heads fell off. A shame really, as it uses a philsophical question as a good narrative tool. Asking "does altruism exist in nature?" In dealing with altruism it should have shown some of it's own and saved us from this abusive assault. However, a short appearance from the very talented Tom Hardy and Stellan Skarsgard getting the lead role for a change, are plus points. A film that really looks the part but leaves a rotten aftertaste and ultimately falls into torture-porn category.
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2010
    He's a grizzled, veteran detective. She's a rookie getting her first taste of the big city. Serial killer turns up with ties to a case in his past. It wants to be the next Se7en (by way of Saw), but is a very long way away from it's goal. It's also crap.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2009
    This is what you get from a chemical reaction between Saw and Seven, and like the two movies, this flick is pretty good. The torture scenes are not pointless like we see in lot of gore movies. They're here to help Selma Blair's caracter solve a philosophical riddle. The torture could only end by throwing a switch to electrocute the especially-selected person the victim love most. Painful to watch for anyone that doesn't have a strong stomach for strong torture scenes. Otherwise, it's more than worth to look at.
    Raja N Super Reviewer

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