Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Science's newest miracle...is a mistake.
Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named "Dren", the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators - only to have that bond turn deadly.
It's all fun and games til someone gets jabbed with a venomous stinger!
It's my kind of film.. creepy, freaky and geeky! Director Vincenzo Natali lets his freak flag fly and cinephiles world wide cut their teeth on this tale about a science experiment gone horribly wrong with horrific glee!
Icky. Really icky. And also the only sci-fi film I can remember with a jazz montage.
Vincenzo Natali's "Splice" is a contemporary-minded tale of scientists who dabble too close to God's realm; it is Frankenstein with DNA. The film, with its chilly aesthetic and themes of creation and parenting, is a solidly crafted outing that is rich enough to make resonating statements. "Splice" may fall short of greatness, but it does offer enough to satisfy.
Following a couple involved with combining animal DNA in order to find a disease-curing protein and the mayhem caused by something they create, the story is engrossing. It treads the well-worn path of gothic, horror literature but adds a modern gloss. Its themes are obvious but impactful.
"Splice" is a well constructed horror film with sturdy effects and a sturdier cast…
I can't argue that the cliche' Hollywood chase scene at the end was a little disappointing, but I also understand that this IS a Hollywood movie. And the stuff that it did really well up to that point made that all too familiar ending work way better than it usually does. It's a very above average Sci-Fi Thriller that gave me the willies from beginning to end, and although it might not go too deep into the moral dilemmas it brings up about genetic engineering, it's genuinely intriguing. It's also really well acted, and the special effects are top notch. Oh, and it gave me one of the strangest boners of my life. I was actually appalled at myself, which I think is a compliment to the movie.
This film exists somewhere between the idiotic faux-science-fiction of Hollow Man and the genuine humanist drama of The Fly. Which I guess means if you thought the former was fun, you'll think this one is pretty smart, and if you thought the latter had something to say about the human condition, you'll resent being jerked around.
I mean this was some of the dumbest shit I've ever seen and I can't with good conscience give it more than 2 stars because honestly it's such a bad movie, but I *really, really* like mutants/monsters and as such I am willing to forgive the dumb and enjoy it. Seriously though it even lost me at the end. I mean, what?
Also just as an aside I find Adrian Brody really inherently funny. Like I find it physically impossible to take him seriously. Why is this? What movie have I seen him in that has cemented him in my mind forever as a buffoonish clown? It's probably Wes Anderson's fault.
A film that deals with the notion of "playing God" in the most awkward and underwhelming manner. That being said, Splice truly delivers in horrifying the audience in at least one aspect - Adrien Brody's movie wardrobe.
Splice is ultimately a collection of bright ideas in a very underwhelming package.
Splice holds a lot of promise when it mixes contemporary biotechnological advances with the age-old, Frankensteinian premise of “playing God” and suffering the consequences for this hubris. Here we have a semi-plausible scenario, with a couple of genetic engineers splicing disparate DNA together, creating mutant lifeforms, and profiting from the medical breakthroughs that their work entails. Then they overreach themselves and splice together human and animal DNA, thinking they’re being clever and subversive, and the result appears to be successful. The resultant creature is humanlike in form, has some modicum of sentience, and grows very quickly under their care. But things aren’t so rosy when the lifeform, named Dren, begins to show signs of aggressiveness and burgeoning sexuality, ultimately leading…
Interesting setup, but many clichés. Too little horror for a horror film.
A fun film about two characters so ridiculously smart that they've come all the way back around to stupid.
I spook easy, so I'm no judge.
I watched it till the end so....I guess I found it interesting. The geek in me.
The obvious read would be to talk about Frankenstein monster.
There are more interesting, modern narratives: gender changing, modern parenting, forbidden lust....cross gender bisexual desire. Ancient mythology has lots of " monsters" wanting to copulate humanity.
Over dramatic ending maybe.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House with Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…