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Splice

  • Drama
  • 2009
  • Vincenzo Natali
  • 102 mins
  • 15

Summary

Two scientists hope to create new creatures for medical purposes by combining DNA from various animals. When their funding is stopped, they secretly create a new creature incorporating human DNA. However, they soon realise they cannot control it, while the relationship between the being and its creators turns dangerous. Sci-fi horror, starring Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley and Delphine Chaneac.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Cube director Vincenzo Natali here merges David Cronenberg-style body-horror with twisted fairy-tale fantasy to craft a Frankenstein fable for the modern era. Rebellious scientists Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody defy legal and ethical boundaries by experimenting with human/animal DNA splicing in an attempt to create new life. The resultant hybrid infant swiftly develops into a beautiful female chimera, forging weird bonds with both her creators. As Natali's potent allegory about child-rearing turns deadly, absurdity is, thankfully, just about kept in check through committed performances and the director's deflating of the most risible moments with well-judged levity. The special effects are superb, running the gamut from twisted goriness to intense splendour, the latter aspect clearly influenced by producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). The fully fledged creature, named Dren (nerd spelt backwards), is played by a CGI-augmented Délphine Chaneac, and her performance gives this oddly affecting monster movie its heart of dark fascination.

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Credits

Cast

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CliveAdrien Brody
ElsaSarah Polley
DrenDélphine Chaneac
BarlowDavid Hewlett
Young DrenAbigail Chu
GavinBrandon McGibbon

Crew

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DirectorVincenzo Natali

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum
Released on
2010-07-23
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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