What makes Splice morally compelling isn't the bioethics quandaries it raises so much as the way it delves into parenthood.
I keep seeing people talk about how this is a movie about "playing god" and bioethics, but you hit it right on the head...it has nothing (meaningful) to say about those issues. It's a movie about relationships and parenthood. You need a psychology book to study this movie with, not a biology book.
Jun 4 - 11:21 PM
Anyone who's not so freaking dull as to only remark on the inter-species sex scenes has written a good review on this movie. Thank you for not sucking.
Jun 4 - 11:51 PM
Thank you. A critic that actually thinks outside the box. Excellent review.
Jun 5 - 11:30 AM
Splice was a terrible, convoluted, laugh-out-loud mess. The too-cool-for-school, Emo scientist team that created the monster was way too immature, irresponsible and unethical to be believed as pioneers in their field. And, how contrived was the name of the lab they worked for, Nucleic Enzyme Research and Development (A.K.A. N.E.R.D)? Seriously ? Which leads me to the creature's name, Dren (nerd spelled backwards). That's a rip-off from an old episode of Happy Days. In that episode, Joanie Cunningham has a crush on Potsie Weber and nicknames him Dren because, although everyone thinks he's a nerd, she thinks he's the opposite. Also, how could the scientists that created Dren not be able to explain what animal D.N.A. they used to arrive at their all-purpose, wonder creature? They must have just thrown in a little of this and a little of that (making sure note to include anything dangerous, of course). The thing was able to continue developing outside the womb after being prematurely removed, could breath under water, could jump extremely high, had a venemous stinger that regenerated itself, was intelligent, could sprout wings out of nowhere and was attractive enough to seduce Adrian Brody. That's right, I said seduce Adrian Brody. That, right there, is enough to prove my point. Ridiculous. Half the theater was chuckling and the other half groaning. I'm all for kinky sex but that was part beastiality and part incest, especially since Brody's character raised her like his daughter. He must have attended the Woody Allen school of parenting. And, then, in the end, the creature, without explanation, changes sex, develops an Oedipal Complex, kills it's "father" and rapes it's "mother." I can go on pointing out the films flaws but I'll just end by saying save your money!!! I'd like to see the guys at Mystery Science Theater get their hands on this one. The work will do itself.
Jun 7 - 08:47 PM
I'm a sci-fi/fantasy/horror fan, but Splice wasn't good. Anyone looking for some blatant overtone of ethics, morals, or parenthood in this movie will certainly find it. Ask yourself, though, if you SHOULD be looking. I think that was the bigger message here.
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