The Killing Gene
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This is quite a compelling thriller that makes the viewer think and try to sort out the clues that reveal the motives behind the gruesome murders. There are scenes of torture here that are reminiscent of movies like Saw and Hostel, and disturbingly one involving a kid. The basic premise here has to do with retribution, and this theme is truly convincingly portrayed. The two leads as portrayed by Skarsgard and George are credible in their roles, especially Skarsgard, and finally, there is Selma Blair in one of the most intense roles of her career thus far. Without revealing too much of the plot, I would recommend this movie for those who like compelling thrillers with twists.
The premise begins in a research laboratory with animals. Put one wild card animal in a cage with a group of like kind: snake in with monkeys. Would one monkey sacrifice his life for the others? The research says no. The researcher said the monkeys become just genes. Then two lab assistants decide a twist of provocation on people, beginning with the third lab assistant (Selma Blair) and her mother. They savagely rape and torture her until she kills her mother to stop the hideous assault. The brief snippets of these brutal, bloody hours are not for the squeamish.
Then the serial killings begin through twists and turns of who does what to whom. It becomes a grisly story of extreme betrayal of love and trust. Or are we turned into "genes" in the savage grip of shrieking pain, and it becomes every person for him or herself.
The two newly paired detectives, veteran cop Eddie Argo, played by Stellan Skarsgard (who performs a 180 from his recent role in "Mamma Mia") and Melissa George, a terrified rookie in desperate circumstances but who has the guts to do her job and do it well. This is a detective squad taken right from the set of "Shield"--gritty, profane, probably dirty, and weary and numb from the rawness and violence of their daily lives. As Eddie tells his partner, "There are always shades of gray."
The story is truly film-noir with dark, ugly streets, littered, grafittied halls and walls, dirty, stinking settings in most scenes. So add this bizarre form of serial killing for this squad to solve. Nothing is as it seems.Read more ›
A jaded police veteran (Stellan Skarsgard of 'The Exorcist: The Beginning') and a young rookie (Melissa George of '30 Days Of Night' and 'Turistas') are the main investigators who uncover a ghastly trail of serial double-murders where in each case, one victim appears to have been tortured into killing the other, usually someone close to them. The case leads down a dark and bloody trail of clues and possible motivations, and surprisingly, the mastermind behind the double-murders turns out to be far from the most vicious character in the series of events. The Killing Gene starts painting a very cynical, very unflattering portrait of humanity, full of loathesome low-lifes and utterly battered-down, mentally defeated would-be good guys, and it's not easy to shrug it off because it's done so damn well. But there are glimmers of other things in there amidst all the raw evil too: shades of characters who've done terribly the wrong thing but thought at the time it was for the right reason; a burgeoning compassion that emerges only in a desperate scene of viciousness; and the strange attempt at a path to redemption taken by a character who was bent into something dark by events absolutely beyond their control.Read more ›
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Good movie. Plenty of action and also plenty of violence so it's not for the faint of heart. One of Tom Hardy's early movies before he became a big star. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Valerie Beiersdorfer
An early Melissa George work is the attraction here. Crisis gives her a spellbinding aura of fear and bullheadedness. I dread scenes coming up where she's not in them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Noe
Intense, gut-wrenching horror-thriller. Stellan Skarsgard is cop whose a borderline burn-out paired with a rookie partner, Melissa George. Read morePublished 12 months ago by frank camp
Let me hasten to say that I do not really "love" this film. It is not a "lovable" film. But I think it is an admirable one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by RANDEL
I just watched the movie wow is it blunt and straight forward. The movie gender is like Horror and Thriller. Who ever like that mix in movies you will be pleased watching it.Published 19 months ago by Lily
Oh yesssss, Stellan Skarsgaard, why does everyone insist his son is the hot one? Next to horror/zombie or virus/plague movies, I love crime thrillers. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Lavinia
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