Excerpt: I suppose it’s human nature to be interested in a science fiction movie. This genre allows us to experience things that we’re likely not able to do ourselves though with some of the inventions we have these days, that might not ring true. However when we deal with a new life form, as in “Splice”, it can be utterly fascinating. Or it can be a waste of time. “Splice” is a bit of both. Ever since Steven Spielberg introduced us to “E.T.
Excerpt: Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali and originally intended to be made after Cube earned him some recognition, Splice wasn’t made until Guillermo Del Toro got on board at which point Natali’s film found major studio funding from the mighty WB. How does it shape up? It’s okay. It’s not great, and it should have been better, but it’s okay.
Summary: I said at the outset that I was drawn by the Frankenstein aspect of the film. That’s exactly what this movie is. I don’t necessarily mean the Boris Karloff Universal creature, although Karloff brought this kind of emotion to the creation. I mean more the product of a young Mary Shelley’s impressionable imagination. There are incredible overtones of mankind messing with nature and playing God. There are the ultimate consequences of such action.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, as we come to the conclusion of the review, the score suffers tremendously here solely because of the Special Features department. However, as I frequently do, I’m not going to let a less than stellar set of Special Features derail me from recommending this film to all the diehard sci-fi fans out there. I think that’s the community where this Blu-ray will see a lot of replay value in.
Excerpt: The Film Remember Adrien Brody? You know, the guy who won an Oscar? Apparently, making out with Halle Berry for all of the world to see isn't such a wise career move. It gets you booked into movies like Splice . Splice puts good actors into a laughable movie that's straight out of the sci-fi thriller handbook. If movies have taught us anything, it's that you shouldn't mess with Mother Nature, right?
Excerpt: Superstar genetic engineers Clive and Elsa specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, they secretly take their experiment underground - risking their careers to push the boundaries of science and serve their own curiosity and ambition.
Conclusion: I think I liked 'Splice' much more than most people did, and that's fine. Its sci-fi elements, and how it deals with the life-changing aspect of creating a new humanoid life form, make the movie worth watching. I think the last part of the film drifts too much into territory we've seen in hundreds of other horror films, but that can be forgiven because of the sly tongue-in-cheek way it looks at science during the first part.
Conclusion: Again, Splice isn't for everyone. It certainly isn't perfect any number of minor issues may interfere with your ability to enjoy its unsettling wares. I, for one, was taken by its clever oedipal cautionary tale, but I also wouldn't spend much time defending Natali's latest effort to anyone who despised its twists and turns. The Blu-ray release isn't for everyone either.
Excerpt: Splice seems like it wants to say something. Two eager young scientists create new life, a bizarre blob-like creature that carries enormous value to their pharmaceutical higher-ups. In the process, Clive (Adrian Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) create another being, this one with distinct human properties. With this set-up, Splice may be headed to say something about corporate greed, playing with god, or maybe the value of life itself.