The Killing Gene

January 3rd, 2007


The Killing Gene

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A calculating killer coerces a detective to pay for his previous mistakes.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.7/10 (4,915 voted)

Director: Tom Shankland

Stars: Barbara Adair, Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Ballance

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 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.

Barbara Adair - Alice Jackson
Stellan Skarsgård - Eddie Argo
Peter Ballance - Trucker (as Peter Balance)
Selma Blair - Jean Lerner
Melissa George - Helen Westcott
Tom Hardy - Pierre Jackson
Sally Hawkins - Elly Carpenter
Lauren Hood - Sharon Williams
Caroline Lee-Johnson - Gillian (as Caroline Lee Johnson)
'Sean' Brian Jordaan - Jamal Osman / Khaled Osman (as Brian 'Saen' Jordan)
Paul Kaye - Gelb
Sheila Kerr - Alison Lerner
Michael Liebman - Wesley Smith
Joshua O'Gorman - Dominic Carpenter
Alibe Parsons - Miss Allaway

Taglines: Would you kill the one you love to save yourself from death?


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Spain] |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2007

Filming Locations: Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £5,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Revealing mistakes: 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.

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: Genes. The monkey is just the gene's way of making copies of itself. All these monkeys, they're all related. They all share their genes. So the monkey dies. What do the genes care? That's what Price proved. There's no altruism in nature. It's just genes looking after themselves. Ha.

User Review

British grit, meets contemporary commercial cinema...

Rating: 8/10

I went to one of the first official screenings of this film last night at the frightfest in London, West End. It was brilliant! I wouldn't suggest that I was sceptical, but more open minded and intrigued to discover exactly what this movie was going to be like. I had heard mixed reviews about pre-completed screenings and at the end of the day, didn't want to waste my Sunday evening.

I am pleased to say that 'WaZ' is a perfect mixture of raw grit, commercial trends and generic cliché's. I am not always a fan of modern day camera work and cinematography, yet this film comfortably took it to the limit and told a great story in an innovative way. Well done to Mr Shankland and fellow cast and crew, as this film will (in my mind) no doubt keep thriller fans on the edge of their seats when spending the close approaching weekend evenings at the flicks.


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