Critic Consensus: It doesn't take its terrific premise quite as far as it should, but Splice is a smart, well-acted treat for horror fans.
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|Rating:||R (for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language)|
|Genre:||Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror|
|Directed By:||Vincenzo Natali|
|Written By:||Antoinette Terry Bryant, Vincenzo Natali, Doug Taylor|
|In Theaters:||Jun 4, 2010 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 5, 2010|
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Critic Reviews for Splice
While it appears to be a pretty straightforward story, the actual film gives you more in scares and chills - and more to think about - than you'd expect.
Who would have thought talent of that calibre would combine to create such a catastrophic stinker.
Because of the writers' choice to stay so superficial, we get a sluggishly-paced, forgettable thriller.
It's the very special genetic engineering episode of Parenthood that was too hot for TV.
Splice ends up being disturbing, but not particularly affecting. The use of the human characters is too uneven to pull off the desired effect.
Audience Reviews for Splice
It is frustrating to see such a fantastic idea and amazing development lead to a disappointing ending. The whole film builds as an intelligent and compelling sci-fi drama until Vincenzo Natali finally decides in the last fifteen minutes that it should be in fact a stupid horror story.
Entertaining albeit stupid genetic experiment thriller that can't decide how it wants to make the audience feel about its creature. The somewhat lousy special effects do not exactly help creating a connection to the "monster". Another problem are the characters that range from idiotic, flat to downright unlikable. So overall everything that happens makes you feel entirely indifferent.
A pair of genetic biologists succeed in splicing the DNA of various creatures with that of a human being and the resulting life form begins to take over their lives as they try to hide their secret experiment. Splice is very much in the old "mad scientists play God and reap the consequences" school of horror stories, giving the Frankenstein formula a modern sci-fi spin. In fact the story interestingly stays away from the man makes monster idea for the early stages, preferring David Cronenberg style psychological horror, particularly during the rather disturbing Mommie Dearest sequence and when the bizarre sexual ambiguity of their creation becomes apparent. Disappointingly it soon settles back into the usual creature feature for an overly predictable finale which is a shame because it was actually starting to explore some interesting ideas. The production design is a little suspect (baby Dren looks suspiciously like an oven ready chicken with a rabbit's head) but Brody and Polley are as watchable as always and it's weird enough to maintain the attention for the duration, but it's nowhere near as inventive as Prometheus which covered a lot of the same ground.
|Clive:||Why the fuck did you make her in the first place? Huh? For the betterment of mankind? You never wanted a normal child because you were afraid of losing control.|
|Elsa:||What do you want? What do you want?|
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