Saturday, June 5, 2010

Movie Review - Splice

Synopsis from IMDB - Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named "Dren", the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera.


Where to begin? I had an idea what to expect and this movie delivered that and more. It's not a horror film as much as a psychological thriller. It focuses on ethics and human behavior and how it can go so wrong. While some of the storyline seemed unbelievable, it mostly made sense in a twisted sort of way.

The actors did a fine job, especially Delphine Chaneac, who plays the creature Dren. She is far more human than the humans, though. The questionable ethics go beyond splicing human DNA with animals and delves into the area of child abuse. Dren turns on her human 'parents,' not so much due to her animal DNA as due to the physical and mental abuse she endures.

In an interview with producer Guillermo del Toro, he said that when he read the script, there was a line he would never cross in a film. This movie crosses that line twice in a sexual manner guaranteed to shock. For that reason alone, this movie is not only inappropriate for children but for anyone under the age of 18.

The special effects are incredible. I never once questioned Dren was real.

If you're seeking summer movie enjoyment, this is not the film for you. It will get under your skin. The characters and storyline are well developed, but it doesn't prompt repeat viewings. The movie is of quality and well done, but I will stop just short of recommending it.

29 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

A good review blog Alex, I was looking how many you had for the Dirty Dozen, very impressive.
heaven knows what you will think of mine as I have not been to the cinema in years though I did go very often from a child until my secon child was born,

Enjoy your week-end.
Yvonne.

DEZMOND said...

a bit too bizarre movie for me.

rogue evolent said...

A spot-on concise review Alex that makes me want to watch this movie! Thanks.
r/e

Amanda J. said...

I'm intrigued now, might have to find time and money for this one after all. Thanks for the honest review!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

love the music, uncut diamonds the book what was it about??? Hey I am excited for toy story too----- Ok well did anyone make you a button yet... a good scifi looking one for my blog??? let me know.

Southpaw said...

Thanks for the insight on this one. It’s sounds good but maybe too intense.

Jamie Gibbs said...

If it's a psych thriller more than a straight sci fi horror then it sounds right up my alley! I heard about 'those' scenes too, they sounded gratuitous added purely for shock value, but hopefully they don't detract too much from the overall storyline. I'm looking forward to seeing this, but I might wait for the DVD.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yvonne, I bet I'll know more of your movie choices than you think I'll know!

Dez, it's beyond bizarre.

Rouge, go for it! Splice is a good movie.

Wasabi, not yet - working on a button!

Southpaw, it's not like a full blown David Cronenberg movie, but it's close.

Jamie, the scenes fit, although the first one did zap me out of the film a bit. I was thinking, "Dude, why would you even WANT to...?"

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Definitely sounds Cronenberg.

arlee bird said...

Thanks for stopping short of recommending Splice, now I definitely want to see it. But you probably know when I'll see it--when it's released on video. From all that I've heard it sounds like something I'd like.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, if I recommended it, someone would label me as a sick twisted puppy.

arlee bird said...

I was initially confusing Splice with The Human Centipede which definitely sounds twisted and disgusting. Have you seen that one yet?

Lee
Tossing It Out

Jemi Fraser said...

Hmmm ... the concept sounds fascinating, but I can't handle the thought of the abuse. Working with kids who've been through it makes it pretty impossible for me to watch it in a movie. Thanks for the review :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Arlee, I've read about that one but not seen it. That one IS too sick for me.

Jemi, it would probably bother you then.

Watery Tart said...

YAY! I'm glad it gets into the ethics and such, too. One of my problems with Horror, and one of the REASONS I like psychological thrillers is EXACTLY how engaged the brain needs to be to watch--I love a smart film. Sci-Fi is in my gray area of love some/hate some, but this sounds like it falls toward the love side. I will have to see it!

Journaling Woman said...

Great review, but I will probably not see it. I'm just saying- I'm psycho enough without a movie's help.

Teresa

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm sure I will watch it on ppv when it becomes available. Especially since one person told me it reminded them of my novel Cold in the Light. The trailers certainly looked intriguing.

India Drummond said...

Interesting! Sometimes films like this work, and other times they fall flat and seem like they're trying too hard. I'll have to see what else I can learn about this one before I decide!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Yeah, I'll have to skip this one. I'm a wimp. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hart, it is a thinking person's movie.

India, it doesn't try too hard.

Elizabeth, it's not for the wimpy! Good idea to skip.

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like an interesting film, and one I'd like to see. I love Guillermo del Toro.

Thanks for the review, Alex!

Beth said...

Probably not a movie I will go see though it does sound interesting. Reminds me in a way of James Patterson's When The Wind Blows and The Lake House. It's been a few years since I read those but I did enjoy them. Have you read them?

The Old Silly said...

Thanks for the review, this is on my must see list now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Beth, I've read Patterson, but not those books.

Marvin you have been warned!

cassandrajade said...

This looks like an excellent movie. I hadn't actually read anything about this movie but now I can't wait for a chance to see it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Ellie said...

Thanks for sharing your view; the preview is intriguing! It looks like an interesting blend of science, horror and morals. I want to see it, but like Arlee, I'll probably wait til I can rent it.

Nebular said...

Unfortunately, this won't be shown in our local theater, so I'll have to wait for the DVD. It's such a bad luck, since "Splice" is one of my most anticipated movies of 2010. Great review!

Bryan said...

Adding it to the NetFlix list right away. Sounds like a perfect topic for modern Scifi. Better than, "meh" is pretty rare lately.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nebular, they've been hyping this one for so long. Sorry you won't see it on the big screen.

Bryan, it's a unique movie, that's for sure.