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.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
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.
I kinda love this dumbass movie.
this is such a great movie, for about 45 minutes. the third act is convoluted and out of left field, but the effects, and tension in the first two acts are worth the ride.
Gratifying mostly for techies, who are glamorized on the cover of "Wired," strutting around in trendy clothes and taking biology to the cool, cutting edge - the newest sensation in cloning,"Dren," is a nerd's fantasy, part hot mess French supermodel and part Geiger monstrosity. Lots of grand WTF moments coming at the expense of logic - how else to make the point about our fucked up impulses - like Brody's transformation from even-keeled dude to the type that gets his kicks on the incestuous-bestial circuit. Improperly implicates the "female's" propensity to be sexually drawn to her father, the male's desire to kill, the herbivore's secret appetite for red meat, the androgynous calamity, the passing of rotten genetics, hereditary flaws, and the woman's immediate thirst to play mommy - all brought into the fold through overblown violence - but propriety is not this film's game.
An over the top plot doens't matter if you execute it well.
Not the worst sci-fi movie but too similar to Species for me.
Alien rape is always cheap and lame. You can always do better.
Good CG, good acting, interesting plot... I really liked this movie, mostly because I spent it thinking "oh, they wouldn't go there, would they?" and then they would indeed go there (and beyond).
The whole thing seems fresh and exciting, mostly because it keeps on pushing boundaries - as long as you watch it well aware of its utter wrongness, you'll have a great time.
Pretty good little sci-fi/monster movie. Once again scientists (ever the reliable bad guys) take their research too far and make it too personal, deliberately/accidentally creating a new being with human DNA that quickly ages into a full-grown humanoid within a few weeks. And once the being develops, the inevitability of her conversion from a timid little girl to a big, scary monster is revealed. The story serves as a metaphor for the difficulty and insecurity faced by new parents trying to do the best by their children and inevitably falling short.
Splice was a bad movie, but it's definitely not awful. Although the movie is boring (and pretty disturbing). In all honesty I can't decide how I feel about Splice. I want to say it's bad, but it managed to keep me just interested enough to keep watching. I guess if you are into weird alien movies that make you think "What sane person would fucking do that?" I guess you'll really like Splice. Personally, I doubt I'll ever re-watch this creepy-ass movie.
- 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 of the 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…