Splice Movie Review
admovieso | April 6, 2012 | No comments
Everything about Splice is meant to disturb and the thriller lives up to these ambitions admirably. Filmed mostly in the drab, hospital-like, dull green laboratory of Clive and Elsa, played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, geneticists working for a French pharmaceutical company, the movie panders to every fear and discomfort imaginable.
Clive and Elsa are being paid to produce new forms of life that are going to be used by the pharmaceutical company in the production of new medications. When the company decides that enough new life has been produced and it’s time to start making some money, Clive and Elsa become bored and continue experimenting behind the backs of their employers. Their spawn is “Dren”, a Frankenstein-like monster whose DNA is made up of a little bit of every species, including man.
At “birth”, Dren is little more than a disgusting bowl of glop. As she grows, she rapidly develops human-like features that cause Clive and Elsa to see her as a kind of a pet and then a daughter and later yet, as a strangely erotic daughter.
Director Vincenzo Natali has Dren bring out the worst traits of Clive and Elsa, causing a sort of strange threesome of a relationship to evolve that is exceptionally disturbing on many levels.
Don’t discount Splice as just another horror flick. It’s a lot brainier than the run of the mill scary movie and will make you think while it’s making you squirm in your seat.