The Killing Gene

January 3, 2007 0 By Fans
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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)

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 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.


Barbara Adair

Alice Jackson

Stellan Skarsgård

Eddie Argo

Peter Ballance


(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


(as Caroline Lee Johnson)

'Sean' Brian Jordaan

Jamal Osman
Khaled Osman

(as Brian 'Saen' Jordan)

Paul Kaye


Sheila Kerr

Alison Lerner

Michael Liebman

Wesley Smith

Joshua O'Gorman

Dominic Carpenter

Alibe Parsons

Miss Allaway

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


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2007

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

Box Office Details

Budget: £5,000,000


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.


[explaining the W Delta Z equation]
The selfish gene…

Helen Westcott:
Go on.

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?

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?

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.