'SPLICE' Movie Review

Splice Movie Review from More Horror
Yeah, we know, this one is well overdue, but better late than never right? There were a lot of mixed feelings about SPLICE within the horror movie circles as it zigzagged through 'Lovecraftian' style Sci-Fi, drama, and pieces of horror and explored psychological and moral based themes throughout the film. Check out the review below and we've included the movie trailer just for fun as well. Enjoy.

SPLICE Review by Mike Pickle

In the sci-fi Frankenstein thriller Splice; Director Vincenzo Natali has succeeded in many ways. Dividing audiences and critics being one. For critics it rides the line between compelling and absurd. For some audiences it crossed a line and was just too damn weird. Truth be told they are all right. Much like Natali's admirable 1997 sci-fi Horror mystery Cube; there is something slightly off-kilter about Splice. I personally consider that a good thing. It's a gratifying and unnerving little fable that's only derivative in the broadest sense of the word.

Splice opens with genetic scientist husband and wife team Clive and Elsa (played by Adrien Brody Sarah Polley) conducting cutting-edge experiments with hybrid animal genes. Miraculously they create new life that could result in great strides in fighting a number of diseases in livestock. They are one step away from applying these concepts to humans and revolutionizing the treatment of many diseases. Unfortunately; the pharmaceutical company that funds their research is more concerned with extracting a highly marketable protein from the creatures they've already created. In turn the company pulls the plug on their research to devote all their resources to analyzing and synthesizing this protein. In an act of rebellion, Clive and Elsa decide to proceed with the forbidden experiments themselves. They add human DNA to the hybrid animal genes and viola! Dren is born (that's NERD spelled backwards). Despite the inherent dangers; they hide her from their colleagues and the rest of the world. Partly because they want to see their revolutionary experiment come to light and partly because they have become the creature's assumed parents. Something they could never agree to be themselves. Dren grows and learns at an accelerated rate until she is, inevitably, no longer possible to keep contained. Chaos ensues.

At the center of this film is the creature Dren. She's not only a fascinating and curious character that we constantly crave more of, but she's a remarkable feat of artistic vision. A mix of CGI, make-up and seamless post-production wizadry. Delphine Chaneac's performance as the creature adds another dimension to both the character and the exotic look of the strange being. She is creepy, she's cute, sexy and innocent, disturbing and magnetic. Plus she has huge wings and a cool tail with a spike in it. As a matter of fact; Dren alone was enough to make this an enjoyable film. Add the dynamic of highly skilled actors Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley and you can't go wrong.

Or can you? Sarah Polley's character Elsa, in the beginning, seems to be a rebellious free spirit, but devolves into a character who is just plain unlikeable. She asserts her control over Clive when she doesn't get her way and is just plain cruel to Dren. She asserts her authority like an over-bearing mother. When you take into consideration that this innocent being is new to this world and new to existence; Elsa is mean to her and is just asking for Dren to turn on her. Clive is much more likeable, but ends up doing the most morally reprehensible thing in the entire film. Although I wasn't as surprised as most because; considering the fact that these people are pioneering genetic scientists they sure are stupid and careless. Taking nonsensical risks with such a delicate and important experiment including giving it several opportunities to escape into our ecosystem.

Splice is a really good film with deeply flawed characters (none of which are the creature Dren). Being flawed is something that most of us can relate to, but some viewers have an aberrant line that they don't think movies should cross. This one crosses some lines, but not so much as to cheapen it. There are many reasons these lines are crossed that, if you look close enough, you will see in the eyes and expressions of these accomplished actors. Dren does appear a lot in the film, but you are still left wanting more. You not only want to witness her evolution, but what she's thinking and what motivates her besides animal instinct. There are many themes touched upon that I would have liked to see played out in more detail, but you can only do so much with a movie like this and I think Director Vincenzo Natali provided a very entertaining and thrilling film with one of the most exotically beautiful and creative creatures I have seen in recent years.

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