|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, David Hewlett, Amanda Brugel, Delphine Chanéac, Abigail Chu, Brandon McGibbon, Stephanie Baird|
|Collections:||2011's Top Films, 2012's Top Films, Exclusive Films, Freaks and Beasts, Freaks and beasts, HD Horror, HD Horror Movies, LOVEFiLM Exclusives|
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Nov 2010|
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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Not pretty!By NeighboursFan (7 reviews) , 29 Mar 2013Well now, that was more than a little f****d up! It's one of those films that's like a car crash, you can't look but you can't look away! Worth a watch but might trouble you for a while afterwards!
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Shakespeare and Freud, WonderfulBy Matrisse (43 reviews) from London , 22 Mar 2013It's got it all in a nice package that is part thriller and part sci-fi - love, betrayal, a part human daughter spliced with a grotesgue wormy thing who grows at an astonishing rate, science, business, clients who want fast results. This makes it sound boring, but it's not, it's a well made documentary about life and how we treat it (even though it is a film). One I would usually have passedby, this is a film to watch, a gem amongst the rubble
What a waste of a good premiseBy Marchesa (4 reviews) , 12 Mar 2013This should have been so much better. Interesting idea around a hot and political topic and as Orangepinks referred to there are really interesting pyschological family dynamics to explore. But ... it went down the line of hammer horror without the elan or the so embarrassingly bad it's good appeal. The characters are unbelievable, act in completely implausible ways on only the thinnest of premises, there's no character development, the script is utterly forgettable and there's a fine seam of dubious mysogyny running through the whole thing. And of course, everyone has to get their predictable just desserts because obviously we, the audience, don't recognise the ethical connundums unless we are repeatedly slapped around the head with them. Delphine Chaneac is not bad as Dren, the hybrid creature created by a pair of genetic scientists so moronic it's a wonder they were let out of daycare let alone into a lab. The film makers have totally copped out here and made an exploitative, derivative movie. Take back your life viewer, and spend your time on something else.
Stupid geniusesBy Volundir (6 reviews) from London , 11 Mar 2013Sort of Frankenstein meets Species. Two idiots with no idea how to behave in a gene lab, inevitably create an initially cute, partially human hybrid with predictable results. One of the idiots has a brother with terrifying hair.
Too PredictableBy blueskies22 (6 reviews) , 09 Mar 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]I was disappointed I have to admit. I almost gave up on the movie but muddled through till a rather predictable ending. Brodie and Polly put in reasonably convincing performances as the husband and wife geneticist team but the plot is not very convincing. There are so many other interesting avenues to explore in the realm of GM organisms that one feels 'the-genetic-mutant-that-runs-amok' scenario has been milked enough. Whether inadvertently or deliberately it takes a number of cues from other sci-fi horrors - Jeepez Creepez and Species spring to mind. Not a patch on a classic like Minority Report which despite its age is still far more believable than this twaddle.