|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, David Hewlett, Amanda Brugel, Delphine Chanéac, Abigail Chu, Brandon McGibbon, Stephanie Baird|
|Genres:||Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General, Thriller|
|Collections:||2011's Top Films, 2012's Top Films, Critic's Choice, Exclusive Films, Exclusives, Freaks and Beasts, Freaks and beasts, HD Films|
|1hr 39 mins||15|
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|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Adrien Brody stars in this gory sci-fi thriller about a scientific experiment that has unbelievable - and terrifying - results.
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Family drama with a genetic twist.By Orangepinks (2 reviews) from London , 02 May 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley star in the most interesting family drama Ive seen in a long while. They play Clive and Elsa, a young couple, who live and work together and are planning their future. They have a baby. They watch her grow, educate her, and try to keep her safe; they become parents. The couple are having a tough time, trying to figure out their relationships with their own parents and siblings, and with each other. As a family drama built on the interaction of human relationships, it can definitely hold its own. What makes this more than interesting is the fact that their child isnt human; its a human/ animal hybrid created in a laboratory.
Splice has been marketed as a Sci-Fi Thriller/ Horror and it has excited geek audiences across the country. Thats not surprising. The production carries a lot of credibility: written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube/Nothing) and produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Pans Labyrinth). It has gained so much interest that, as the London Sci-Fi Film Festivals opening night film, it ran in two screens simultaneously from one roll of film.
But Im sure theyre missing a trick here. We live in the 21st Century where scientists have already created designer babies. We can screen for potentially life-threatening conditions and diseases, and choose the sex of our children. So why is Splice restricted to the realms of Science Fiction? The echoes of Frankenstein are obvious. Clive and Elsa are named after the actors who played the roles of Dr Frankenstein and his bride. They make a creature; they bring it to life, it runs riot. In our world, where we live at a molecular level, sewing arms and legs onto a torso just wont hold our attention. Natali worked alongside geneticists whilst writing this film, as he wanted the science bit to at least be plausible. When he asked if human/animal hybrid testing is possible, they replied Oh, they're doing it already. In the U.K. they absolutely are making animal/human hybrids. Science yes, Fiction No: this is not only possible, its already happening.
Lets ignore for a moment that Dren (Delphine Chaneac), the creature, was born in a laboratory, because thats just IVF. So what do we have? We have film dealing with life and death; about the responsibility of creating human life and bringing it into this world. Everything relates to these cycles. We watch the birth of one creature and the death of others. Theres cuteness; theres dark, sarcastic comedy; theres obviously the geeky science; and sticky and gooey blood; but it all balances out. It undulates between the themes, swinging back and forth like a pendulum building the tension towards the final, gruesome climax. And looking back Natali lays out the clues for the final showdown, if youre watching, you already know whats in store, and anticipations the killer.
I can imagine that opinion on this film is going to be divided. Not about the performances or the effects, which were all incredible, but whether creating something even remotely close to human is a good thing. Natali encourages the audience to believe that Dren is human, but clearly shes not. Or maybe shes human at an animal level, and without knowing how to teach something to be human, were lost. Its the human qualities in us that set us apart from animals. Frankenstein was written as a warning of industrial advancements, Splice warns us against the advancement of science; who knows where our imagination will lead us. The challenging ethics, the questions raised could be way too horrific, but they are handled delicately; its a totally satisfying film. So Im wondering whether the marketing team should have pitched this film at the Independent film audiences instead. Having the Sci-Fi tag does it a disservice: its a pretty tough family drama, set, in part, in a laboratory.
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A good film, but not altogether enjoyableBy MaceyDean (15 reviews) , 16 Jun 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]A very well made film, and a strong performance from leading cast - Brody, Polley and Hewlett. There are some interesting points raised during this movie which cause the viewer to experience pity, horror, nurture and disgust in almost equal measure. It is hard not to engage with the material and emotionally invest in it. This is also where the film loses a few points for me - Although what this film has achieved is very commendable, I am not sure I enjoyed watching it... I am left feeling uneasy and slightly sickened. There is also a few decisions made by the characters I found hard to empathise with. Watch Splice, it is very good, but you have been warned.
Brilliant scfiBy mh2013 (3 reviews) , 01 Jun 2013brill good twist to it and very interesting in some what ways. different I suppose but worth to watch and I wonder if there is a second taking of this film
OMG WTF!!!!!By BigDickJnr (1 review) , 05 May 2013Dat shizz is F***** up!! if you you wanna watch a grim film then this is it! Ewwww couple of dodgy inter species sex/rape scenes for all you mentally deranged folk!
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Worth a watchBy a customer , 11 Apr 2013Fantastic, Very unexpected! Great watch! Great acting and amazing story! Quite gut wrenching at parts at really good yet twisted plot!
wierd and wonderfulBy a customer , 10 Apr 2013One of the best sci fi movies I've seen in a long time. Really interesting and original story with good acting all round. Everything about this movie is truely stunning and really makes you think about life, death and creation. Certainly gives a whole new meaning to 'test tube babies' anyway. Ending was a bit predicable but still...I loved it!!! Well worth a watch x