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.
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke