WAZ

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Posted: Mon Feb 18 2008

Tom Shankland’s debut is a serial killer movie with intellectual knobs on, a thought-provoking variation on themes explored in ‘Se7en’ and ‘Saw’. Scriptwriter Clive Bradley’s focus is not on the killer’s grim modus operandi, but on his twisted moral dilemma – the power of love to over-determine our instinct for self-preservation.

The torture scenes, however, are physically and emotionally distressing, so the victim’s screams sometimes drown out these quieter meditations. Grizzled cop Stellan Skarsgård and his rookie partner (Melissa George) find the body of a pregnant woman next to that of a drug dealer. The WDZ symbol carved on her swollen belly forms part of the Price Equation, which supposedly proves that human beings are incapable of altruism.

As the pairs of bodies pile up, Paul Kaye’s crazed scientist pops up to explain this, but his dialogue is incomprehensible or inaudible, or both. The performances are intense and Morton Søborg’s gritty, atmospheric cinematography recalls ’70s crime movies such as ‘The French Connection’. Sadly, the tonally uneven ‘WAZ’ cannot quite match their piercing intelligence.

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UK release:

Fri Feb 22, 2008

Duration:

104 mins

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KOBAD

After a long time you get to see a complete movie with original scenes where others just give you teaser trailers. The whole idea in making a movie like this is to send a chill up your spine and it is a movie to be seen and enjoyed till it is over, so when scenes get deleted the whole essence of the movie is lost. Rate it whatever you have to but don't screw the movie by chopping it up.

KOBAD

After a long time you get to see a complete movie with original scenes where others just give you teaser trailers. The whole idea in making a movie like this is to send a chill up your spine and it is a movie to be seen and enjoyed till it is over, so when scenes get deleted the whole essence of the movie is lost. Rate it whatever you have to but don't screw the movie by chopping it up.

capemoviefan

Very good indeed. Good storyline, great torture scenes, if you like the Saw series this one's for you.

capemoviefan

Very good indeed. Good storyline, great torture scenes, if you like the Saw series this one's for you.

vinh

Good movie that kept me in suspense. Torture sense were good and a twist in the end.

vinh

Good movie that kept me in suspense. Torture sense were good and a twist in the end.