WAZ

Although the ultimate showdown struggles to be believable, WAZ still delivers some of the key nuances of a well rounded thriller.

★★★
archive review (edinburgh) | Read in About 2 minutes
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“Would you kill the one you love to save yourself from death?” poses WAZ, lurching in with the darkest of quandaries and pushing altruistic theory to the extreme. Anybody guffawing at its title will be hushed soon enough by gross-out scenes where blunt tacks are hammered into the tops of victims’ fingers. Ouch. And you don’t even want to know which limbs they lose afterwards.

WAZ represents an equation which proposes that fundamentally we’re all just monkeys who care for nobody enough to make the ultimate sacrifice. Emerging from the dark side of the moral divide is a rape avenger (Selma Blair) tallying up fatalities on a brutal crusade to test the theory. The task of minimising the body count is placed on the familiar shoulders of an uber-keen rookie cop (Melissa George - Home & Away) and a jaded, seasoned veteran (Stellan Skarsgård - Pirates of the Caribbean II & III).

As the premise boxes itself into a corner by borrowing the same essential elements from Se7en that makes Saw look so lazy, we’re treated to half an hour of clunky, misogynistic dialogue and rookie cop's token do-gooding scrutiny, until certain cover-ups are unmasked and the promise of a curveball finale for redemption’s sake is assured. Although the ultimate execution of this showdown struggles to be believable, WAZ still delivers some of the key nuances of a well rounded thriller.