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Splice

Posted in Horror, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , on November 20, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create incredible new hybrid animals. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But the pharmaceutical company that funds their research, N.E.R.D. (Nucleic Exchange Research and Development), forbids it, instead mandating that their department be reorganized to focus on finding and extracting certain proteins from the creatures they have already created. Not wishing to spend all their time engaged in what they consider mundane research for the next 5-10 years, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments, blending human DNA with that of other animals.

Though they disagree about actually bringing the hybrid to term, Elsa pushes the issue and she persuades Clive to go along with it, in continued secrecy. They name their creature Dren (nerd backwards), who exceeds their wildest dreams; she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate. As their lab becomes exceedingly crowded, and the risk of Dren being discovered increases, they move Dren to Elsa’s late mother’s farm.

Their work at the company suffers as their attention is focused on Dren. One of the original hybrid animals that they had created, which was originally female, had changed sex unbeknownst to Clive and Elsa since they were distracted. This led to a disastrous presentation during a company shareholders’ meeting, when the two original hybrids, previously one male and one female very much in love with each other, became both male, killed each other in front of shareholders and potential investors. Following this meeting, N.E.R.D., found itself in danger of going out of business unless they could find a profitable discovery.

Meanwhile, Dren has become amphibious and omnivorous with a toxic sting and retractable wings coming out of parts of her arm and back. Elsa, who had formed a maternal bond with Dren, changes her mind after Dren shows violent behavior, killing her own pet cat out of spite and assaulting her. She cuts off her stinger and uses organic tissue from it to finally isolate and synthesize a protein they had been searching for.

Soon after, Clive is seduced by Dren and has sex with her, much to Elsa’s disgust; during her sexual encounter with Clive, Dren reveals that she had regenerated her stinger. Elsa and Clive have a heated argument about Clive having cheated, when he confronts her, having figured out that she used samples of her own DNA in the creation of Dren. Deciding to deal with Dren, they go back to the farm, only to discover her body in the water tank, apparently sick. Within a short amount of time Dren seems to die.

They bury Dren near the farmhouse but before they leave, their boss from the pharmaceutical company arrives, having figured out that there was some sort of human hybrid because of the DNA present in the protein they had finally synthesized. Elsa tells her boss he can dig up Dren’s body if he really wants to see it. Suddenly, they are attacked by Dren, who was not dead, but apparently in some sort of coma as her body underwent changes that turned her into a male. After killing her boss and Clive’s brother, Dren drags Clive into a freezing pond. Elsa pulls him out, but he is unconscious, so Elsa flees. Dren finds her and rapes her. As Dren is raping Elsa, Clive comes to the rescue, impaling Dren with a large sharp branch. Dren kills Clive with a toxic sting, but is dealt a fatal blow by Elsa when she smashes his head with a rock.

Later on, Elsa is seen in the office of the pharmaceutical company’s head and is given a massive amount of money in exchange for her silence and taking the experiment to the “next stage”. The head of the company then thanks Elsa for the personal risk that she is undergoing. Elsa stands up and is revealed to be pregnant, but it is left ambiguous to whether it is Dren or Clive’s child, presumably Dren’s

REVIEW:

I’ve been asked by more than a few people to check this flick out. When I first saw the trailers for it, it reminded me a little bit of Species. However, after watching it this afternoon, there really aren’t too many similarities, but at the same time, there are.

Splice can best be appreciated by those in the science community. The reason I say that is they use a lot of scientific terminology which can easily fly over the heads of us non-scientific folks. Having said that, I do appreciate the fact they didn’t try to dumb it down.

The drama aspect of the story works, but I kind of felt as if they were trying to force the whole couple issues between Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley’s characters down out throats a bit. Maybe that was just me, though.

The special effects throughout here are ok, but I wasn’t impressed. They seem to be very run of the mill. Nothing impressive about them…to me anyway.

The action scenes that are in here are fairly pedestrian, but the climactic battle at the end is pretty good. I guess they did save the best for last.

The acting here was very humdrum. Adrien Brody seemed a bit more wooded and lifeless than he normally does in his films, while Sarha Polley appeared lost in most of her scenes.

Splice isn’t a bad film, it just isn’t that great. I think this could have been a much better, more enjoyable film, but that didn’t happen. Do I recommend this to you? Eh…sure, but don’t expect too much from it. I mean, this was an ok flick to watch on a whim, but if you have something better you want to watch, go with that.

3 out of 5 stars

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