Splice 2009

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Superstar genetic engineers Clive and Elsa specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But, when the company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground -- risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.

Starring:
Abigail Chu, Sarah Polley
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Abigail Chu, Sarah Polley, David Hewlett, Brandon McGibbon, Delphine Chanéac, Adrien Brody, Amanda Brugel, Stephanie Baird
Director Vincenzo Natali
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 29 November 2010
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Abigail Chu, Sarah Polley, David Hewlett, Brandon McGibbon, Delphine Chanéac, Adrien Brody, Amanda Brugel, Stephanie Baird
Director Vincenzo Natali
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 29 November 2010
Main languages English

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SWT on 2 Nov. 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I watched this on Prime, and although it wasn't all that great, is wasn't so bad that I didn't end up watching it the whole way through.
Who knows what the creations are at the start, and actually I nearly stopped watching at that point, since they were so uninteresting. However I continued and it got better, to the point of actually looking like it could have got good.

I think that's essentially the problem here. There's a few crap bits at the beginning that nearly make you give up, but the premise is good enough that you are compelled to watch just a little bit further, and indeed, it starts to deliver.
Then sadly, it's as though the creativity level flatlined, and it just becomes the movie Species, which of course, is clearly what this movie is modeled on. Unfortunately, in the same way that Species provides an interesting crossed human DNA experiment, and then gets rather dull and uninteresting once it reaches maturity, so too does this movie.
I feel there was an opportunity here to do a better job with the adult entity than Species did at the same point, but failed to do so. Instead of taking a similar story line and doing it right, it pretty much repeats the formula, and for me at least, fails at exactly the same point and for the same reasons.

Sadly, you've seen it before, and it doesn't do anything better. It's not a terrible movie, it's just not good either. I probably should just have quit when instinct told me to. The point after which Elsa gets her arm stuck in the artificial womb trying to remove the rapidly expanding foetus because the pressure in the tank is getting to the point that it could kill said foetus.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
Adrien Brody (The Pianist) plays Clive Nicoli, a genetic scientist working on hybridising farm animals in search of proteins and chemicals that can cure human disease. With his lab partner and lover Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley - the similar sci-fi Existenz) they have garnered great success, but genetic testing laws disallow them from adding human DNA to the mix. Frustrated by the limitations of the law, the couple decide to dabble with an embryo containing human DNA along with the usual suite, things start to unravel as the aberration grows into something more than human and the couple scrabble to hide it's existence and cover their tracks...

Many people have remarked on the lack of originality in the plot and with only minor tweaks from the 90's hit Species and they are not far wrong. However Splice has a far better story; as the scientists are continually taken by surprise by the growth & abilities of the subject and react accordingly. At one point, I was literally shouting at the screen begging Brody not to do what he was going to do (harking back to the classic "Don't go in there!!") and this is what enamoured me to this film so much. It's just so plausible - forgetting the impossible biology, forgive that part - and the interaction between the couple and their creation is just so understandable.

The locales & technology are believable if you forget about some of the more dubious scientific aspects of it all (an artificial womb??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I’ve just watched ‘Splice’ for the second time. The first time I saw it, I hired it on DVD. After that viewing, I bought it and have now seen it again. So, basically, I do think it’s a good enough film to watch more than once. However, now I’ve decided to write a review, no sooner have I logged on to see what other people thought, did I read another review’s title saying something like, ‘Good beginning, not so good end.’ That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the film.

I enjoyed the first two thirds, but I didn’t feel that it fell apart towards the end. I would definitely say that it’s worth watching for the most part. Adrian Broody and Sarah Polley play a couple of scientists who create a creature in a lab, but, in the tradition of all mad scientists, they take things a little too far. In this case they even take their creation home with them and it grows into quite an interesting beast.

You can probably guess that their new ‘addition’ to their family is hardly a glowing success (otherwise it would be a pretty dull film!), so I won’t say too much. It’s a sort of sci-fi/horror film that does its best to throw in a few moral dilemmas that scientists have to face when it comes to how far they take their work in the lab.

What makes it worth watching are the two leads. In what could have been just another B-movie the cast elevates it to something a little more. They have good chemistry and their acting talent certainly makes the script better than your average slasher flick. Then you have the creature itself. Yes, for its infancy it is computer generated. And you probably would be forgiven for thinking that the effects might look a bit ropey. Actually, they’re pretty good.
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