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

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34 of 38 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Scientists Clive and Elsa are employed to play God, creating hybrid animals in the name of medical research, before they are due to begin introducing human DNA the project is cancelled. The commercial need to patent and sell what they have already discovered takes priority over everything else, but that doesn't stop the couple from taking their work to the next phase, the result being something which looks like it ought to have burst through John Hurt's stomach crossed with a giant chicken drumstick, and then it hatches...

Their new creation is as adorable as it is strange, seeing it laid unconscious you can't help but want to see it thrive, and thrive it does - accelerated growth sees her develop rapidly and become more humanlike, it's hard to see her as a scientific subject and Elsa's maternal instincts start kicking in, soon she loves `Dren' as if she were her own child and talks about her like any other proud parent would. Splice provides a great opportunity to explore the value of life and the ethics around creating it artificially. The secret 'family' find themselves dealing with situations a parent wouldn't usually experience, but the most striking aspect of their unit are the moments which any other parent can relate to - from stroppy teenage years, illness, to taking pride in their development.

A great concept doesn't feel fully exploited, the film gathers momentum but the tension and intrigue is underused and a title which relied heavily on psychology starts to abandon it in favour of visual horror, it almost feels as though the film starts to run out of ideas and lazily resorts to more formulaic devices to fill time, perhaps the studios wanted to push this as a horror when it never really feels like one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
'Clive' ( Adrien Brody) and 'Elsa' (Sarah Polley) are at the top of their game as 'Bio-Chemists' and held in high regard by their employers.
They successfully 'Splice' 'DNA' to create life forms and feel they are ready to take the next step by creating a human-like creature, they are told 'no' as it would cause to much controversy.
However, without her partners knowledge 'Elsa' goes ahead, the result being a part human creature who rapidly grows to adulthood, they name her 'Dren' (Delphine Chan'eac)
The creature seems to have a good intelegence level as experiments are carried out by 'Elsa' and 'Clive' ----however maybe the two should have remembered the outcome of their earlier experiment.....'Dren' is gathering confidence in her abilitys.
I enjoyed the film very much, and thought it a well put together plot...certainly worth a spin.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Z on 22 Oct 2010
Format: DVD
There is an old saying which I always adhere to..."If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Eons of years experimenting with gene combinations has given Nature a one-up on humanity. So, why is it that we find ourselves delving into realms better left alone? SPLICE is an interesting and perhaps a more cerebral look at the us+them quandry. What is wrong with our species that we have an inate need to "fix" stuff? Often, this works to our general betterment.....then, there are the times we should have left well-enough alone!

I am a fan of scifi and the "alien" possibilities. In Splice the alien DNA is ours plus other Earthly genes. Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody make a believable couple of ambitious scientists desperately attempting to find a new protein and achieve auspicious merit in the genetics field. Having a corporate timeline nipping at their heels, Clive and Elsa go beyond the point of ethical acceptability and create a new human hybrid. Dren is a quasi-human being of dubious character within an ever-changing form.

Watching the interaction of the scientists attempting to cope with the fallout of their experiment is fascinating. At some point, we must confront ourselves and ask what we would do in this situation. Not only is there conflict between Elsa and Clive, but as things progress also between Dren and her creators. How are we to cope with the unknown? At what point do we pull the plug? What makes us human? What makes us inhuman? Ethics....when did they disappear in the race for glory and/or money?

Splice is not a slasher movie. It takes the scenario and runs with it to some places we would rather never go! This is a thinking person's storyline. If you are so inclined, it makes you ponder where the future of science is headed. Are we ready for the eventualities?
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