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.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant