She'll Give You Some Serious Tail
Splice Is a Cut Above The Rest
Brandon Awesomest - Friday, June 4, 2010
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac
Website: Official Splice Website
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I think nearly everyone had the same thought bubble pop through their head the first time they saw the trailer for Splice “Oh, I remember this film when it was called Species”. While there are some definite parallels, but this movie is not Species, it’s a bit deeper, a bit smarter and just a little more fucked up.
Splice revolves around two biochemists/ genetic engineers Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody from The Pianist and King Kong) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley from the Dawn of the Dead remake). These two bio-nerds work together splicing up different genes from a plethora (yes Hefe, I said plethora) of animals to make weird slug like creatures that carry special enzymes. These super slug produced enzymes are sought after by the labs parent pharmaceutical company to initially inoculate cattle, but have potential to treat numerous human diseases, aliments and the like. Not only are Elsa and Clive super awesome lab buddies, but they have also been swapping some of their own DNA on the home front for what has presumably been years and have developed a solid caring relationship together.
Big brother pharmaceutical company thinks that these two love birds have had to much fun mixing animals together and want them to focus their efforts on isolating that special enzyme for they can make some bucks off this venture. Elsa and a hesitant Clive don’t take this news well and continue on splicing their nights away on the sly, but this time they are adding human DNA into the mix, just to kick it up a notch. After a fun science montage and slight ethical reasoning, they have their completed science experiment; Dren.
Dren starts out life looking like a diseased pancreas, but quickly “evolves” into a mini albino t-rex with a split head and slowly gains more humanoid characteristics and it ages. An ages it does, at an extraordinarily fast pace that they justify by throwing out some medical jargon, but its all necessary to move along the plot. Before you know it Dren is the developed teenager that you have undoubtfully seen running around ramped in the trailer (if you haven’t you can see the trailer at the bottom of the page).
While the trailer may lead the viewer to believe that the film is all about a monstrous lab creation running amuck, there really is little of that to be had. This film is far less horror as it is scifi and where it really shines is in developing the relationship between Elsa, Clive and Dren and all the truly (and I mean TRULY) messed up things that happen in the process. While I did think the ending was on the weak side, over all I thought Splice was a good, solid flick that although I didn’t find it frightening (one of the tag lines in the trailer said it was the scariest movie of the year… that’s BS), it certainly is disturbing, and that’s alright with me.
Such A Happy Familly