Year of release: 2009
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac, Brandon McGibbon, Simona Maicanescu, David Hewlett, Abigail Chu
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
Synopsis:"Splice" follows the story of a young couple of scientists, Clive and Elsa, who are on the verge of reaching a breakthrough in their research. When their research is jeopardized, Elsa decides to risk something and mixes human DNA (her own) with that of what they've been researching, creating a creature they name Dren. The creature slowly learns human behavior, but as the events surrounding their work and their personal relationship start to unravel, Clive and Elsa learn that some experiences come at a high cost.
Vincenzo Natali's new film "Splice", comes after the promise he showed with "Cube" and "Cypher", both of which garnered praise and a cult following. So much that "Splice" comes with the name of Guillermo Del Toro attached. The film definitely owes much of it's unsettling feeling to David Cronenberg, who always installs in his films a barrier between the human and the creature that is always easily shattered (Sarah Polley coincidentally was in "eXistenZ"). The creature that Clive and Elsa nurture is the child they both want, but as she grows she's also part of the woman Elsa is. The events that follow show that the human pulsing and that of the creature are almost identical (where does the difference lie). The film has a faint resemblance to David Cronenberg's "The Fly", however where Seth Brundle ultimately embraced his condition as a new creature (and a new being), Dren is always shown as an outcast and an experiment. The fear that comes at the closure of the film, is simultaneously bitter and dark for a future where the uncertainty of humanity walks in hand with the greed of corporate interests. A good film worth checking out.