Movie Reviews 10 Midnight Horror – w Delta z (2007)

wazDirector: Tom Shankland

Writer: Clive Bradley (Screenplay)

Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Melissa George, Ashley Walters, Tom Hardy, Paul Kaye, John Sharian, Selma Blair, Sally Hawkins

 

Plot: A calculating killer coerces a detective to pay for his previous mistakes.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gritty Crime Horror

 

Story: w Delta z starts as a rookie detective Helen Westcott (George) get her first crime scene where she works with seasoned veteran Eddie Argo (Skarsgard) who knows the streets like the back of his hand. When the bodies start piling up the detectives figure they are after a serial killer who is carving WAZ into the bodies.

When Eddie learns that it is Jean Lerner (Blair) behind the crimes it becomes clear who he is targeting and why in what is a careful thought out revenge on gang led by Pierre Jackson (Hardy) who brutally attacked her years before. The race is on to stop the body count getting to high but the truth will come out.

W Delta z is a crime horror thriller that follows the lines of the ‘Saw’ franchise but having a killer that pushes the limits of what a body can handle. For the crime side and revenge side of this movie this is all very effective on the negative side we just don’t get enough suggestion of anyone else’s involvement as we learn the killer very early. While the film is very bloody most of these does happen off camera which does help with us trying to deal with the horror involved. This is a dark story that can be enjoyed by the horror fans out there.

 

Actor Review

 

Stellan Skarsgard: Eddie Argo is the seasoned detective that has to work with the rookie tracking down a serial killer, it isn’t long before he learns of his previous connection to the killer. Stellan is good as the grizzled older cop.

Melissa George: Helen Westcott is the rookie detective thrown into this new case with a new partner. She has to learn about the departments secrets to uncover the truth about what is happening. Melissa is good but sadly falls to just a supporting role in the second half of the film.

Selma Blair: Jean Lerner was a victim of a horrendous home invasion gang rape attack that has been planning her revenge on everyone involved for years. Her plan is to put each person involved in the attack through the same decision she had to face. Selma makes for a great villain in the horror genre unlike many we have seen before.

Tom Hardy: Pierre Jackson is the leader of the gang who did the attack, he is psychotic with how he picks acts willing to shot first killing anyone who gets in his way. Tom is solid in this role which is only a supporting role before he became a bigger name.

Support Cast: W Delta z has only a couple of other important characters who are victims of the killer as well as police involved in the original crime.

Director Review: Tom ShanklandTom gives us a very dark crime horror that does come close to matching Seven and Saw.

 

Crime: W Delta z follows our detectives looking for a serial killer that is also out to get revenge for a crime they were a victim off.

Horror: W Delta z gives us a serial killer that doesn’t know when to stop until they get everything they want.

Thriller: W Delta z keeps us guessing to where the story will end up going by throwing us straight into the first murder.

Settings: W Delta z makes each scene feel gritty from the wrong neighbourhood showing what the killer sees as the low-lives who are her victims.
Special Effects
: W Delta z had great effects when it comes to the body horror going on through the film.

Suggestion: W Delta z is one for all the horror fans out there to watch, if you were a fan of Saw or Seven this is for you. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Killer’s motives.

Worst Part: Not enough mystery about who the killer is.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too:

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: Would you kill the one you love to save yourself from death?

 

Overall: Twisted, gritty and dark crime horror film

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Foolproof (2003)

foolproofDirector: William Phillips

Writer: William Phillips (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Kristin Booth, Joris Jarsky, Sean Sullivan, Tara Slone, Soo Garay, Wai Choy, David Suchet

 

Plot: Kevin, Sam and Rob are founding members of a theoretical group which pulls off heists. Leo, a gangster, blackmails them into pulling off a real multi-million dollar heist. Now it’s up to them to get out alive.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Clichéd Heist Film

 

Story: Foolproof starts as we meet Kevin (Reynolds), Sam (Booth) and Rob (Jarsky) as they play heist in their spare time deciding if they can make a Foolproof plan to rob companies. When the friends have their plans stolen and used they find themselves having to work for Leo (Suchet).

The three friends must work together with Leo to pull of his latest heist much to the friend’s wishes they will have to use all of the skills they have learned to get this job done to show they can pull off the Foolproof plan.

Foolproof tries to take a spin on the the idea of heist films by making the main three characters only plan heists in theory never going into the field. This works well but I do think this could have been used in the final outcome of the film too. The problem comes with the middle where we get to see the crew actually have to go through with a heist and most importantly they never show the most important part from the opening sequence the run through. I do think this film misses a lot of good chance to work on to the next level which it needed to be.

 

Actor Review

 

Ryan Reynolds: Kevin is the wise talking leader of the three friends, he gets sent of the psychical side of the heist to show how he can get this done. He is also the brains behind whether they should do this job. Ryan shows that he has all the potential to go onto bigger things with this performance without being top level.

Kristin Booth: Sam is the feisty member of the team, she can handle herself in a fight but this can also lead her to be in trouble she doesn’t need to be involved in. Kristin is solid in this supporting role without being anything but cliché.

Joris Jarsky: Rob is the last member of the team, he wants to take their practise into action and this chance gets his dream to come true. He is the tech guy of the team but also the clumpy member. Joris is solid but easily the most forgettable in this role.

David Suchet: Leo is the seasoned professional criminal that wants to use the team for his latest job, he gives them respect for their work but will put them in their place if they step out of line. David is solid as the villain but I find his calmness to laid back for my liking.

Support Cast: Foolproof has a small supporting cast with most just being there to make extra part of the trying to suspect our guys.

Director Review: William PhillipsWilliam gives us a clichéd heist movie that doesn’t hit the comedy level it could have.

 

Action: Foolproof has only slight glimpse of action being used through the heist side of the story.

Comedy: Foolproof doesn’t hit any comedy levels needed for a comedy heist movie.

Crime: Foolproof shows us how the crime side of the story is working with learning how the heist is going off.

Settings: Foolproof keeps the settings to scouting the ideas or the inside of the jobs. Nothing really comes off overly memorable.
Special Effects
: Foolproof uses the effects when needed without being used meaninglessly.

Suggestion: Foolproof is one that I feel is a good late night TV film. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: You can see Reynolds had the star quality.

Worst Part: Too clichéd.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: This fall suspense gets intense!

Trivia: The movie was not only the widest release of a Canadian movie in history (as of October 2003), but had a record-breaking marketing budget of $2 million.

 

Overall: Overly clichéd heist film that is a fun enough watch.

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