A film that's perhaps initially most notably for being the movie leading man debut for Doctor Who
star Matt Smith, Clone
sees him co-star with Eva Green. The premise of the film hinges on the untimely death of Smith's character, and the drive then by Green's to see if there's a way she can bring him back into the world. Her plan is given away somewhat by the film's title, as she looks into the possibility of cloning him, to bring him back to her side.
Interestingly, Clone doesn't go down a gross-out horror route. Instead, it chooses to wrestle with the moral conundrums presented by its ideas. What, after all, would be the ramification of the cloning? Can it really work? Can a relationship really resume under such circumstances? By taking such a science fiction premise, Clone manages to take an interesting look at dealing with grief, in a really quite sensitively handled movie.
It works, too. Smith and Green make for engaging leads, and the studious direction of Benedek Fliegauf is commendable. Its pacing is kept deliberately modest, and there's space to explore the issues the film raises. At times, the low budget becomes evident, and there are bumps along the way with regards the script. But Clone is a worthwhile movie, and a promising start for Matt Smith's headline movie career. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: If Dealer already announced the arrival of a major talent on the international stage Womb confirms it with Hungarian writer-director Benedek Fliegauf delivering this hypnotic tale of love lost and found but not as you necessarily know it. Childhood sweethearts Rebecca and Thomas are separated in a tragedy but reunited when she makes a controversial decision in order to bring her lover back seemingly from the dead. Sumptuously photographed against some of England's most breathtaking coastal surrounds Womb sustains a rarefied atmosphere with a futuristic context set in the now. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Toronto International Film Festival, ...Clone ( Womb (Mitra) ) ( Clone - Méh ) (Blu-Ray)