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Watch it, but remember, you can't un-watch it!,
This review is from: Splice [DVD] (DVD)Two things to get out of the way:
1) It is NOTHING like Species, so get that out of your head.
2) You will probably feel mentally violated after watching this.
Splice is the story of a brilliant scientific couple who have been splicing genes from various plants and animals to create new creatures, from which they can extract proteins to treat illnesses in livestock. This is all going swimmingly, so the next step, they feel, is to splice human genes with the hope of treating human illnesses with the recovered proteins. However, their sponsors have other ideas, so the couple end up performing their tests in secret.
What begins as a trial ends up as a finished product, so to speak - a creature created using animal and human DNA and grown in an artificial womb. At various stages of the process, Adrien Brody's character, Clive, tries to pull the plug, but his partner Elsa persuades him otherwise - as far as she is concerned, not trying to help cure cancer, AIDS and a myriad of other horrible diseases is morally worse than experimenting with human DNA. Their experiment, called Dren, grows at a rapid rate, maturing into a young adult female hybrid, who they must care for and keep hidden in an abandoned barn. The barn is also on the land belonging to Elsa's deranged (and presumably deceased) mother.
In a surprise to absolutely no one, Dren becomes a problem in that she wants freedom, and becomes rather too attached to Clive. Elsa also see-saws between being a caring maternal figure and a cool and dispassionate scientist, depending on how Dren behaves. The film consequently throws all sorts of themes into the mix, the main ones being the responsibilities of parenthood, science and large pharmaceutical companies.
Although I did feel dirty after watching this film, it did impress me as many of its events were unexpected, and there was an interesting dynamic between Clive and Elsa as these events unfolded. The only thing I didn't find convincing was Clive's connection to Dren, as it seemed to appear out of nowhere in order to drive the story forward. Also, some people may not like this film as its focus is more on the moral implications of these kinds of experiments and the scientists that perform them, rather than being about a creature created in a lab that goes on a killing spree or causes havoc. I'd also advise against watching this film if you are pregnant - it sounds weird but you would probably thank me for pointing this out!
To sum up, I think this is the thinking-person's Frankenstein movie for modern times.