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.
One of the weirdest movies I've watched.
A masterpiece, but... the third act happens and then it's shit.
Ok movie, highly sounds like Species.
Good visuals, but sometimes a bit goofy.
The Plot is terrible in my opinion
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An interesting film which sets out some very real issues around the morality of genetic splicing and the paths it could lead humanity down without proper ethical care. Unfortunately it's aims are loftier maybe than the application which is constrained somewhat by budget and some weird story choices (there are two genuine WTF moments in this that I can honestly say I've not seen before).
The main issue for me is that despite setting up this interesting ethical debate the film becomes more interested in the central marriage and its breakdown. This all leads to a final scene that based on the preceding 90min just doesn't feel legit. The finale too despite one nasty twist is short and anti-climactic. It's…
Well this movie is weird and fucked up. I wish it were a more enjoyable watch because all the ideas are pretty awesome. The makeup and practical effects are really cool. It's just overall not that entertaining.
I expected more from the director of the cult smash hit Cube. What I got was a poorly executed film that could have gone very far with its plot. Sigh.
For a movie that posed some very serious and intelligent moral and ethical questions, it sure had a mind-bogglingly stupid last 15 minutes.
- 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…