Throughout most of its runtime, this audacious sci-fi flick benefits from fine performances, nuanced characterizations, credible CG and exceptional makeup. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley star as a married pair of accomplished yet marginalized genetic engineers who create a humanoid life form (Abigail Chu, Delphine Chanéac) of rapid growth and unprecedented adaptability. Although the leads are undermined by sloppy and abrupt editing similar to that of a sneak preview cut during the film's first twenty minutes, their efforts are nonetheless complemented by first-rate effects in aid of an unnerving, compelling, knotty, sexy story that's most effective when reflecting the tensions and shifting sympathies of the wedded scientists in regard to their creation and one another. During the final fifteen minutes, these cultivated characters become disposable targets because neither director Vincenzo Natali nor his co-authors knew how to conclude their tale as thoughtfully as they developed it. Ah, well.
Quite frankly the Splice trailer led me to believe it was to be some what of a horror or suspense film and I saw none of the above. Maybe my eyes deceived me or maybe the promotion team was tryna pull a fast one. Anyway Splice is super simple but extremely odd. Genetic engineers Clive (Adrian Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) try to achieve a successful splicing of a series of different animals DNA to help revolutionize medicine and science. All seems well after the 2 actually pull it off with the … more
*** out of **** Seldom do we see something genuinely different to the point where most would refer to it as "messed up". I am of course referring solely to the world of film, since whenever somebody tries to do something disgustingly creative, it seems to come out wrong and rather dull. "Splice" is the needle in the haystack; the film that manages to be entertaining yet unrestrained. The film addresses the dangers of genetic experimentation in such a … more
Co-produced by Guillermo Del Toro and co-written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, in a joint venture between Canadian/French /American filmmakers; “SPLICE” is a horror-Sci/fi thriller that explores the age old theme of man trying to remake nature for the sake of the 'common good'. We are familiar with the themes of “science gone mad” or the “abomination against the laws of nature”; since such themes have been explored in films such as the classic … more
SPLICE I have to say that when this film first came out other than the crazy looking female in it I wasn't to into it. But of course tha changed when I actually got the chance to see it and my opinion turned around. Don't get me wrong I always wanted to see it but it was not a priority. This film actually turned out to be much better than I thought it would be, in fact I thought it would be just average. I was pleasantly surprise as I thought … more
The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature. - An excerpt from "The Island of Dr. Moreau" by H.G. Wells The problem is, lovers and genetic scientists Clive and Elsa (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) don't know this. At least, they don't know this at first. Just like Dr. Moreau, it's all in the name of scientific progress and the belief that it will somehow benefit humanity. Their methods are, initially, totally objective; by splicing together … more
This film had a lot of potential, but I couldn't help but feel that it was treading such familiar ground that it couldn't hold my interest. Right off the bat, I could foresee how the entire plot was going to unfold (any Cronenberg fan will know what I mean) and the plot is all-too familiar and formulaic. However, I was willing to overlook this because of the film's pedigree (it was directed by the same guy who made Cube and strong performances. Still, what disappointed me most was that … more
I do recommend this film but hit up a rental first because some people will most likely not like this. In fact some people may hate some of the things that happen in this flick, I loved it. When you watch you will know what parts I am talking about, I am sure some already do know. Over all this was much better than I thought it would be.
I hope there is a director's cut of Splice. I really, really, REALLY hope with the DVD it will be like 2007's I Am Legend and have on a bonus disc the film's original ending. Why do I say this? Well, I haven't researched much, but Warner Brothers once again - just as in I Am Legend - has a decent sci-fi movie that ends on a low-note. I'll put it this way: up until the final 15 minutes I thought Splice was one of the best science-fiction films I'd ever seen. Just about everything … more
I liked the movie SPLICE, but I'm not sure I would ever recommend it to anyone. It's a horror movie that walks very tightly on the line between irredeemably silly and truly creepy. For me, it fell on the creepy side just enough to make it a fun experience. But based on some of the very low audience scores I've seen, it easily falls on the laughable side for many. It tells the story of two scientists who are a couple (Adrien Brody & Sarah Polley) who work for a big conglomerate … more
Opens Friday, June 4, 2010 | Runtime:1 hr. 44 min.
disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language.
Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature that exhibits uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. And though, at first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams, she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate--and threatens to become their worst nightmare.
In the grand movie tradition of doomed scientists, Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) won't let the official quashing of their Frankensteinian experiment stand in the way of working on the scheme anyway. Sure, the ethics of swizzling together human genes with various lab potions is queasy, and the initial result of their rogue project is disconcertingly pitched somewhere between a human baby and a monster thing with a stinger in its tail. And yes, the beastie is growing fast. Like, really, really fast. ...