Monday, December 20, 2010

Splice (2009) spoiler free

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...Image via Wikipedia
Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube), you just knew that this movie was going to bring the hard science.  Oh, wait. . . I meant the opposite of that. 

Plot- Well meaning, ambitious scientists decide to break the law and use human DNA in attempt to create a new life form.  What they create is very deadly and ages at an accelerated rate.  The creature is named Dren, and the female scientist with mommy issues shows the audience why she should never be a mom.  Of course, this being a movie, they will not be able to control their creation. 

Characters-  You have three main characters.  Adrian Brody plays Clive the reluctant partner that does what ever Elsa (Sarah Polley) tells him to.  Elsa is a nut job and wasn't loved by her mommy.  This has huge implications in the movie.  The star of the show is Dren.  When Dren losses control, you are almost cheering for her.  I won't say that the characters are well developed but I found myself drawn into them.  When a certain betrayal happens, I felt uncomfortable. 

Visually, there wasn't much other than creature effects and they were done really well. 

Overall-  It was an okay movie.  Scientist will have to turn off that part of their brain as the science is the Deux Ex Machina of this movie.  I think they stick to the very improbable does not mean impossible line.  The movie sets itself up for a sequel that Universal and Syfy will probably end up making.  Glad I waited for video on this one.  Not for the kiddies and kitties probably won't like it either.  I would recommend this to people looking for something a little lite and a little horror. 

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SteveB said...

Nice DNA! Yeah -- this has come up on our netflix queue a number of times and I keep thinking it's "Species", which at least had a super-hot alien hybrid.

Budd said...

not sure what the DNA is of, maybe it is of a human alien hybrid, probably not.

Dren gets stragley attractive, but then it starts getting weird.

Pat Tillett said...

When I saw this, I thought every person sitting in the audience could have written it. Not a single surprise. However, I didn't hate it.
good review Budd!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Saw this in the theater. Well done and effective, it's not a movie I ever care to see again.

SteveB said...

Dren is "nerd" spelled backwards.

Budd said...

Pat- Yeah, I didn't hate it.

Alex- It got a bit disturbing towards the end. I say the wrong person lived.

Steve- yeah, the company they work for is N.E.R.D. What are they saying about you scientist types?