Friday 22 February 2008
My God, this is nasty, but it's also horribly gripping. Tom Shankland's feature debut hits the ground running with an atmosphere of moral and physical rot learnt from Se7en, and a twisted psychotic revenge plot all of its own.
Bodies are turning up in a city of permanent night (New York, but unnamed), some viciously mutilated, some with a scientific equation, W?Z, carved into their skin. The casting is perhaps the most interesting thing: Stellan Skarsgard plays a cop with a guilty secret, Melissa George his rookie partner, while smaller roles are taken by Ashley Walters, Tom Hardy and Paul Kaye.
The rationale of the killer makes for a gruelling watch, and you might recommend that writer Clive Bradley undertake psychiatric counselling, but its cumulative effect is unarguable.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 3 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
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Thrill of the chaste: The truth about Gandhi's sex life
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Burning Man festival revellers accidentally torch prehistoric artefacts in Israel
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
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A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
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