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Splice (2010)

Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, two scientists, engineer the first manmade organic life form. This is not a clone of a lamb, or a pig or a bull, but a strange wormlike creature assembled using the DNA of various animals. Naturally, this is but the first step on their journey to splicing in the ever more complicated human genome, or at least parts. In an act of defiance and experimentation they create Dren, a modern day science driven Frankenstein.

With this act of the movie begins its exploration of the strange creature that is Dren and her evolution from small Squirrel-like creature to full-grown human…ish thing with strange legs and a tail. Twists and turns in her speedy evolution continue to shock the scientists and give us enough fodder to be entertained.

The direction, by Vincenzo Natali of "The Cube", is suspenseful while not feeling forced and not reaching into horror. Sadly, the screenplay (by Vincenzo Natali and Antoinette Terry Bryant) disagrees and the third act looses this author's interest. The film takes a turn for the eye rolling when it starts to force itself into "Species" territory.

The cast does a solid job and Delphine Chanéac figures out a strange way to make strange and alien hot. It's too bad that Chanéac wasn't given a tad more meat, so we could gauge how much more of her we want to see because of talent.

The movie would have been much better as a simple exploration of a new life form, created by man, and her evolution and eventual death from accelerated aging. The accelerated aging occurs, but don't take her eventual death as a spoiler. The character of Dren is interesting and the two scientists' relationship could be enough to fuel a solid story. Arm wrestling this beast into a more horror genre just doesn't work as well as Vincenzo Natali and Antoinette Terry Bryant probably hoped.

It isn't horrible, but not really what we were hoping for when we wrote our "Lookout" post for it.

On a final note, the fact that there are even vague hints that mommy issues are genetic is equally boring and lame.

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Splice (2009)


Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Written by: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant
Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, David Hewlett

Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Fri, 06/11/2010 - 8:25am

LOL Will do, Que! ;)

Que on Thu, 06/10/2010 - 2:35am

lolll, remember my verdict for this one?

it was engaging to have scientists to combine DNA and come up with something unpredictable.

it was lame for scientists to remove their masks in the lab to stop collegues to press the gas button.

it was really going no where when the new thingy start to have a pretty human face.

hope we all learn from this.

JAS on Thu, 06/10/2010 - 2:07pm

Yes, we will all have to be even less optimistic in the future. Increase the bitter, lower the expectations. ;)

Que on Thu, 06/10/2010 - 8:34pm

stay optimistic but better at risk assessment.

if anything that look/smell fishy, it is probably fishy.

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