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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What a fucked up movie. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are geneticists that have created Fred & Ginger, apparently they have a protein that will cure all diseases. When they are denied permission for human trials they do it anyway, introduce human DNA into the mix and create Dren, a female creature that quickly matures into a strangely attractive thing, that has wings and a spiky tale. Brody fancies it, so he fucks his creation. It then mutates from female to male, and then has sex with Polley's character and inseminates her. Brody dies trying to kill it and Polley smashes its head in. The movie ends with Polley, in the interest of science, deciding to carry the foetus as part of the next phase of the experiment. What the fuck?
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.
Look everyone, i hate to be the one calling "sexist", but let's think about it.
Aren't you tired of this whole "weak guy gets dominated by strong girl which never works out well" narrative?
Seems to be criticizing *her* double standards and *his* inability to make choices and act. Of course, not wanting a baby is because she's afraid of losing control. But since she has control over it, she's willing to hand over her DNA. Oh, of course it ALL goes wrong when the woman calls the shots, right?
Oh yes. If it were YOU, you wouldn't let this happen, would you? You big alpha, you.
You know what? Stick your stinger up your ass, Splice.
Was just about ready to throw up after the rape scene.
Extra star because the movie was well made and the science is legitimately interesting.
Solid premise. Talented cast. Arguably Canada's best sci-fi director not named Cronenberg. Much like what happens in the film, splicing them together seems like a great idea until something goes horribly wrong. At least for everyone onscreen, that wrongness is easy to identify (because it tries to kill people); it's harder to pinpoint the problem with the film itself. I'd say pacing, myself; everything always seemed a beat or two off, such that there was never any sense of impending doom, or even gleeful schadenfreude as things descend into chaos. Director Natali can do good work in speculative sci-fi (Cube, and the even weirder and cheaper-looking Nothing show this), but this is one monster that he shouldn't be playing god with.
Nice and creepy, and Sarah Polley was great, but think it needed a little more commitment to one thing, because it was neither a horror nor a relationship drama, between boyfriend/girlfriend or father/mother/daughter. Enjoyed it a lot, though.
The first half of this movie is very good, the second is a little meh.
Overall could've been better.
Apesar de ser um bom filme o final conseguiu estragar a experiencia que estava sendo para mim esse filme...
Dark and creepy look into the ethics of genetic science with results that keep you on edge because, in fact, you can never predict the results. The film hinges on this imbalance of feigned courage, even though something could go wrong at any moment. And it does. But at which moment?
Design and make-up work is exceptional from KNB studios with digital work provided by CORE (RIP) who did some quite complex work 6-7 years ago -- a lifetime in the digital effects world.
A timely warning to modern scientists who are medling with genetics. This is a cautionary tale that is way more than a horror flick. Dren the genetically created creature is cute - wilful- scary - amazing creation. Good movie
One of the weirdest movies I've watched.
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…