Everything gets out of hand when their latest experiment has some human DNA spliced in, something not previously tested. The result is a fascinating human/creature hybrid the pair name Dren whom they not only study, but try to treat as if she were their own kid.
Despite not being entirely original, there's some really neat ideas and good stuff here, and, espeically with Elsa's character, there's some great character development and psychologicla exploration. Things are good, but I think they could have been better had the time been taking to really fully develop and explore Dren's psyche and what she thinks, feels, etc.
Things start off well enough, but do start to decline as the film heads into typical horror territory. Thankfully though, this is just during the final 20 minutes or so. Even then, I think they could have done a lot more with the concept, which would have bumped up the score a bit more.
All in all though, this is a fun and thought provoking little sci-fi creature feature. The effects are decent, as is the concept, but in neither case is there a lot of groundbreaking stuff going on. This is pretty competantly made, and never boring though, so that's cool.
The acting's not bad, but nothing brilliant. Well, maybe just a little. Deplhine Chaneac is awesome as Dren, and it's cool that they got her to shave her head for the role. Plus, almost all of the performance relies on facial expressions, body language, and mannerisms, and doing this with (but especially without) words can be hard at times, so well done. Sarah Polley is good as Elsa, and Adrien Brody is fine as Clive, but they're both just passable and unfortunately not mroe.
So yeah, overall, I do give this a mild recommendation, because it is neat. It's uneven and a slight mess, but thanks to a few WTF moments and some nice in jokes and references, I think there's enough good stuff here to warrant a mild passing grade. Straight B.
"She's Not Human... Not Entirely."
I had heard both good and bad things about Splice, so I really didn't know what to expect. With movies like this, there is a line between what would make it great and what would make it horrible. It crossed the line to horrible many times, but also managed to not be nearly as bad as it could have been.
Two scientists use human DNA to create a hybrid creature. The creature lives through the pregnancy, which the two didn't believe it would. Then they see that the creature is growing rapidly, so they decide to let it live and see what happens. Now I know what you're thinking; these types of experiments always go well, but you're in for a shock because this one doesn't. The woman then takes a liking to the creature and has a weird mother/pet owner relationship with it. You can never really tell how the man feels about it. The two are forced to hide the creature from the world because what they did was illegal.
The film has some extremely awkward and weird scenes. It also features two of the most odd sex scenes you will ever see. Also, Brody's character has am extremely weird scene where he teaches the creature to dance. The weirdness of the movie isn't what made me dislike it though. What made me dislike it was how it was put together.
Sarah Polley was deplorable in her role. God, I can't describe how bad her performance truly was. Brody was okay, not his best, but a movie like this doesn't really bring out the best in an actors performance. Then Polley was also forced to utter some ridiculous and just plain awful dialogue. The movie still manages to be interesting and it had me watching the whole time. It's just an interesting bad movie and when it comes to bad movies, those are the best kind.
For all that the script tried valiantly to explain the scientist's motivations - which worked very well for the first half of the film - the film still fell into the big "aha" stupid tag ending trap that you could see coming from 1,000 miles away - arrgh! why does Hollywood insist on wrapping up everything with a nice shiny bow? It's shlock and has no purpose unless the studio was thinking sequel.
Underneath the horror angle of the test tube creation, there is a strong tale of want and desire, where, without any moral conscience those needs are acted upon regardless of cause and effect - to the detriment of all concerned - and we're not just talking about the creation either - the female scientist has her own interest in the survival of her creation, as it has been infused with her own DNA.
The film is actually pretty good as a shock type horror film (of course the genre per force lowers the bar pretty low) - but it attempted to be something more and by doing so became less. In the end, in spite of the creative motivation for keeping the creature alive (see above paragraph) - it still all came off a bit pat - and I suppose that the real motivation should have sufficed: the scientists, like me, were curious concerning what would happen as the creature matured. That should have been enough; there was no need for the female scientist to keep flipping back and forth between concerned parent and detached scientist - it played false and once again served no purpose other than to expose the fact that the director's vision was a cloudy one.
A good night time flick. It's not boring but I did think it would be more entertaining. Anyhow it did turn out to have an interesting conclusion which you can work out before it happens.
A bizarre, deviant liking of alien/mutant sexual nature puzzled me, shouldn't I be disgusted? I guess I wanted to see results like a supernatural baby, who knows? Maybe I just liked it.
A watchable sci-fi that didn't bore me.
Splice is an interesting sci-fi horror film to say the least. Now the story is full of absurdity but how the movie succeeds is that it is absurd and its goal is to give the audiences an interesting ride. It succeeds . . . even if the two main characters (mainly the Elsa) are out of their f-ing minds.
Clive (Academy Award Winner Adrien Brodey) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are two scientists who are trying to breed new species with different parts of DNA from other species around the world. One day, they create a new species that seems to have human structures and breathe underwater and can jump really high, run fast . . . . and well you get the idea. This thing they call "Dren" begins to become their child as they feed it, teach it to spell, dress it, and basically everything else a growing man or woman needs.
Splice is definitely a different movie than I thought it would be. I thought it would be a experiment going completely wrong, characters take shotguns and blow it to pieces and people die in the process. Well besides a small part of mayhem, Splice isn't that type of film at all. This showed a human and alien relationship that we haven't seen recently. And no it is not like E.T. at all . . . . when you see the movie, you'll understand.
Some parts of the film was just weird and awkward that really made me question Mr. Brodey's and Ms. Polley's acting careers and how they got to this point. I mean seriously how can Adrien be funny but do this stuff all at once?
Splice is a good film. Not as horrifying as I thought it would be and not as weird as I thought it would be either. But having said that, Splice is a worthy film to watch just don't think it is a normal horror film, you will be disappointed and bored.
I usually like Sarah Polley,but I didn't find her all that convincing here - actually, I didn't find any of them all that convincing. There was just something a bit off with the whole story. As for Dren herself, I was surprised to find she is actually played by Delphine Chaneac (who? Hmm.. don't think this one will kick start her career for her) - I actually thought Dren was all CG!