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Godsend [DVD] [2004]

Robert De Niro , Greg Kinnear , Nick Hamm    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn, Cameron Bright, Merwin Mondesir
  • Directors: Nick Hamm
  • Writers: Mark Bomback
  • Producers: Cathy Schulman, Chris Briggs, Christopher Briggs, Eric Kopeloff, Jon Feltheimer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XOZYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,614 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sci-fi thriller starring Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Paul and Jessie Duncan, a couple whose son Adam (Cameron Bright) is tragically killed in an accident on his eighth birthday. At his funeral they are approached by Dr Richard Wells (Robert De Niro), founder of the Godsend Fertility Clinic, who tells the couple that he can use DNA from Adam's rapidly dying body to clone a replica of the boy. The process is in its experimental stages and is totally illegal, meaning the couple have to sever all bonds with family and friends and take part in a relocation programme. All goes well at first, but as time goes by the Duncans realise that the new Adam is different in some very sinister ways.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Four Alternate Endings Are Worth It 23 Aug 2004
By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Director Nick Hamm serves up this pseudo-supernatural thriller with lots of bite with no teeth. Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos lose their eight-year-old son in an accident the day after his birthday (What? No Cop about to retire the before he gets killed?) Grief stricken, they are approached by super-scientist Robert DeNiro who can clone their child. Oh, but Dr. DeNiro has some secrets and another agenda. When the child reaches his eighth birthday he starts having `terror spells', which basically reveal the entire plot through scrappy, cut and paste flashbacks. The ending wraps things up quickly and nicely with no real suspense or eeriness.
However, there are four alternate endings that you can view! This is a sure sign that this movie was in trouble. To be honest, anyone of these endings was better than the `feel kind-of good' ending that was chosen. I prefer the darkest of the four alternates as it seems to carry the movies theme more dramatically, but I imagine that most viewers want a happy ending. Still, they are worth watching if you are going to buy or rent this pretentious film. The acting is not bad, but the writing is just short of atrocious.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible 12 May 2006
Format:DVD
What is it with Robert De Niro these days? One of the best actors around does not seem to have an eye lately for a dud film and this mind numbing mess takes the biscuit. The premise of this story is a couple who's kid gets run over on his 8th birthday. Taking advantage of the couples grief a disgraced doctor (De Niro) visits them and offers his services to clone their child. All is well and good until the kid turns the age he died originally and starts becoming akin to the antichrist. "Why did this happen?" you may ask and all is revealed later on in the movie. The fact is though by that time you don't care. The kid acting in the part as the clone is extremely annoying and so is every other character in this movie. It is not in the slightest bit scary and the ending is appalling but by this time even with mouth to mouth resucitation this film could not be saved.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor!!! 24 April 2005
Format:DVD
Eventhough I had read poor reviews about this film, I was still looking forward to seeing it as I thought the plot looked rather interesting. What a mistake that was!
The plot was extremely predictable and the acting was rather poor! I also felt that none of the characters had any personality and it wasn't at all scary.
I wouldn't suggest you watch this film, unless you are a die hard Robert De Niro fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars how totally awful 26 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
i was so disappointed with this film. I normally try to disregard reviews if i really want to see a film and then watch it anyway but in this instance i wish i'd listened to overyone else!!Dreadfully poor story!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Send it back! 7 Dec 2004
Format:DVD
There was probably a time when Robert de Niro's name attached to a film was a guarantee of success. Recently (say, in the last 5 years) he seems to agree to appear in the first film whose script dops in his letterbox, hence his appearance in rubbish like this.
Out of 'The Sixth Sense' by 'The Omen', this is a thriller without thrills, a chiller with few chills. And the elements dealing with human cloning are preposterous. I'd definitely avoid this one, which is what de Niro should have done!
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1.0 out of 5 stars We've seen it all before. 1 Dec 2004
Format:DVD
Whilst DeNiro's awesome as usual, the film does nothing new. It's all very cliched and highly dissapointing.
It's also all rather confusing to be honest.
I was so looking forward to it and wanted to love it but I just couldn't.
Phil
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The longer you watch, the worse it gets. 14 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
I really thought that this film was going to be great, it had an interesting storyline and robert de niro's name on the cover.
I bought it on dvd and started to watch, the first 20-30 minutes were quite good but then it all went horribly wrong.
It wasnt scary, it wasnt funny, it wasnt exciting and it wasnt upsetting it was just plain boring and it has possibly the worst ending that i have ever seen. spend your cash on something else is my advise..........................................
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average thriller. 19 July 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When their son Adam is killed in a car accident, Paul and Jessie Duncan are approached by Dr. Richard Wells, who claims he has perfected the ability to clone someone by using a single cell. He tells them he is interested in giving them a second chance with a genetically identical child using DNA from their dead son. After some initial unease, the Duncan's agree, and the clone of their dead son Adam is born nine months later. The first eight years are great, with both Paul and Jessie feeling like they did the right thing to get that second chance, but when Adam reaches the age at which he had originally died, he begins having night terrors and acting strangely.
The story has a satisfying creepiness to it, but the trouble is that it has too many serious plot flaws which distract from the story, at times it plods along a very slow pace, and the ending is somewhat of a let down. Overall, it's a watchable film and for fans of horror-suspense films it's better than average. Not great, not terrible, but worth a look if you like this genre of film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars HAUSER'S MEMORY,
A young couple loses their son Adam in an auto accident. Robert De Niro and his illegal cloning corporation offer to clone the dead child for the couple. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Movie Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars quality of the disc
The movie is quite interesting in terms of genetic engeneering, but the disc was scratched and after contacting the seller I received a ready-made email saying that the quality was... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Luis antonio
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great either...
The end of the 90's and early 2000's brought a rash of "fear the clone" flicks, and I think is one of the better ones. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Sockel
3.0 out of 5 stars I disappointing end
I was reccomended this film and told it was really scary, unfortunatley, i thought it was obvious from the beginning - but then it is only rated a 15 so not sure what i expected. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lauren Redfern
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Bad
I am a fan of De Niro's films. Even though Deer Hunter takes a while to get off the ground, De Niro proves to the audience that he is a good actor. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2007 by Maria Carter
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful Film
"Godsend" is one of the poorest films that I have seen for some time. The plot is predictable, the dialogue is cliched and the acting is very ordinary . Read more
Published on 7 April 2006 by L. Davidson
1.0 out of 5 stars What A Disappointment !!
Being a fan of not only Robert De Niro, but also of supernatural and horror films, I felt compelled to buy this. It certainly looked good ! Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2005 by David Dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie Is Of Not Great Quality
After seeing this film at the cinemas when it first came out with a friend we were left a little disapointed, the film was not what we expected. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2005 by "leigh_rep"
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