We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
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…
Writer / Director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher & Nothing - 3 films I hold in high regard) throws his genetic experiment film - Splice - onto the big screen with unfortunately quite mixed results.
We are introduced to Clive and Elsa (Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley) - our two genetic scientists who have created genetic hybrid creatures for the ultimate aim of curing disease in humans. As phase one of their experiments are completed their project is put on hold and their employers stop the project from moving on to phase 2 - linking this to human experimentation. Cue our leads to go off on their own to splice together their research with human DNA and "Dren" is created and quite…
I found that Splice has an impressive amount of wierd and creepy for a mainstream movie.
A modern day Frankenstien tale that features some good monster effects and Cronenberg(ien?) body horror. Not a classic by any means but also not a bad way to spend 90 minutes.
Begins its approach from a silly, but still fascinating, launching pad: the professional, commercial, and moral implications of a freewheeling scientific establishment, intent to go as far as possible in exploring genetics. The mechanics are pretty cotton-mouthed and excitable at this point, but the subtext is grand and nicely-expressed. It's so hostile and disgusted with the whole issue that nuance and subtlety are injected ironically. And the style stays tense, fresh-looking, quick-footed the whole time.
But instead of being assertive enough to put a stake down somewhere in these first 45 minutes -- "Working with your paramour"/"Pandering to anti-science bullshit"/"The morality of cloning"/something -- the script wades further and further into outright bizarreness: first, quirky parenting allegory; then creepy, B-movie, conspiracy/suspense; and finally just pervy, freaky-as-fuck Freudian experiment.
The script doesn't even choose one of these for a destination, but just rolls down through all of them in a sick cumulative way. Ugh.
Viena no savdabīgākajām gada šausmu filmām, kurā ir daudz lielisku nianšu (ieskaitot nestandartīgo monstru), taču vienlaikus nepamet arī nepabeigtības sajūta.
one stupid couple out of five. Would have been a better movie if they kept it a little more "pro-choice"
Splice is a decidedly odd film. From the director of genre classic cube, Splice is Vincenzo Natali's take on bioengineering. Clive (Brody) and Elsa (Polley) are geneticists, working on splicing together DNA from different animals to create a hybrid.
When their early experiments prove successful, they decide to ramp it up, starting work on a human hybrid, eventually yielding a living organism, whom they name Dren. To quote from Jurassic Park, and Ian Malcolm, "... your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn't stop to think if they should."
By far the best thing that the film has going for it is the direction that Natali steers it in. Unlike many contemporary horrors, it's…
Sweet, Pioneer Village!
Ciencia ficción ridícula!
Una pareja de nerds descubre el lado serio de la ciencia chiflada… Como concepto, irreprochable. La primera vez que vi 'Splice' no la disfruté en condiciones. Hoy la he vuelto a ver en la tele y me ha parecido una cosa extraordinaria.
This film takes an interesting premise and makes it too weird for comfortable viewing. I enjoyed it, but it could have been better.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- Dead Man's Letters
- The Ugly Swans
- Morel's Invention
- The Man from Earth
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…