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STARRING: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac and Brandon McGibbon
WRITTEN BY: Vincenzo Natali
DIRECTED BY: Vincenzo Natali
Genre: Science Fiction / Thriller
Release Date: 04 June 2010
Review Date: 12 July 2010
I'm not exactly sure why I liked Splice, but I did. Even so, I won't be recommending it to anyone I don't know closely, because it's out there and isn't what most people will be expecting - especially based on its trailer.
If you're envisioning Species, you may be let down. If you're thinking Alien; you could be disappointed. It does however; lie somewhat in-between those two great films. And it's also sprinkled with a hint of the sort of family drama you'd find in The Jerry Springer show. I know - I just lost half of you there, didn't I? Still interested? Okay, keep reading.
Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play Clive and Elsa; scientists as well as lovers. We quickly move on and accept that their employers are either blind to the fact, or don't seem to care that they are beyond fraternizing. A good deal of the film rests on the shoulders of the merit of their relationship, and their on-screen allure makes those portions believable as well as entertaining; mostly by Adrien Brody. He's such a likeable guy, and a terrific actor.
I'll admit Splice takes it's time getting to the point, but I was never bored with it. The - `two characters in a room for prolonged periods of time' approach was handled with care; and there is a very subtle hint of `what the hell is gonna happen?' - teasing those hairs on the back of our necks for the first 30 minutes or so.Read more ›
Back in the early 1930s if you were to play God and try to create life how would you do it? We'll, you'd do some grave robbing and try to bring back the dead with a little lightening, right? How else? Because cloning and gene splicing in the 30s was a concept as distant as an iPhone. It's so much easier today. Just take some animal DNA and mix it with a little human DNA, throw it in a Petri dish, incubate, let sit then voilà. It's alive....It's alive!!!
Splice's Dr. Frankensteins are Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley respectfully as Clive and Elsa. (Get it? Colin Clive played the original Dr. Frankenstein and Elsa Lanchester was 1935's Bride.) Clive and Elsa are geneticists and they create their own Frankenstein and call her Dren. Being only half human, Dren has some superior physical powers and--who knew?--introduce a little animal (or bird?) DNA to a human sample and you get a more intelligent being as well. So look out: a stronger, intelligent life form could be hazardous to your health.
I'm surprised that there are so many 1 star reviews for Splice on this page, because the movie isn't really that bad at all. Sure the movie deals with controversial topics, and Dren gets down and dirty with her makers in both a consenting (bestiality?) and non-consenting (rape) way.Read more ›
Audience reactions seem to be mixed to "Splice", and it's easy to see why. "Splice" is really more of an art film that has more in common with David Cronenberg's films than mainstream horror fare like the "Saw" franchise. The film even stars Sarah Polley, an indie film fixture.
Polley plays Elsa, who, along with her husband and fellow geneticist Clive (Adrian Brody), create a human/animal hybrid in secret, who they later name Dren ("nerd" spelled backwards, a cute way of the two embracing their science geek status). As in all horror films, playing with mother nature turns out to have disastrious consequences.
Although films have long been using this basic plot that goes all the way back to "Frankenstein," what elevates "Splice" is its great script and acting. Elsa and Clive's relationship, which is both collaborative and competitive, facilitates the whole nightmare, as well as Elsa's tragic backstory as an abused, rural kid.
What steals the show, however, is Dren. The film manages to make the creature both childlike, animalistic, and freakishly sexual, which is not only disarming for the audience, but leads to the disturbing plot developments in the film's controversial last act.
Two scientists, excellently played by Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, are in the field of splicing genes from different species into one another to create new lifeforms. Though there's a question right and there about ethics, at least the motivations are noble - trying to find cures from disease through new biochemicals, etc. There's a striking but believable self-contradiction in the main characters right there: though they seem attached and even, at times, almost parental in their feelings toward these hybrids, they have no emotional or ethical objection against just how they use these creatures in pursuit of their goals, or in disposing of them when it comes to that. It's when the pair goes against all guidelines and laws by adding human DNA into the mix that things get taken to a much higher level.
The result of the human-animal splice is Dren, a strange little creature that in its infancy appears alternately comical and deadly. The researchers are initially prepared to destroy the hybrid - they never intended to let it get past the stage of an early embryo, then destroy it there and research the remains. But among Dren's wonderous physical properties is a phenomenally fast growth rate, and by its birth that growth rate is already spinning things out of control.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie, not like a Hollywood horror slasher like the trailer shows it to be but more of a one of the Hollywoods drama sci-fi thriller movies that still really good and makes... Read morePublished 1 day ago by matt
Heeey....This must be the craziest movie i ever seem!!! Its bizarre and strange, but also a great Sci Fi film!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fluminense Rio
Not worth the time/money. It was a mixture of incest and bestiality and strange sexual activity with half animal monster.
Don't waste your time!
I've seen this movie more than thrice and it's pretty good. It's something you can watch again after some time.Published 2 months ago by Marjorie Kawasaki
Surprisingly good movie about the old theme from Frankenstein, where science goes just a bit too far...solid performance (as usual) from leads Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody. Read morePublished 2 months ago by matt hangas
wow what a movie just goes to show that science shouldn't do thing like,if they ever think of trying something like thisPublished 3 months ago by steve
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