Splice movie review: Romantically involved genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are scientific pioneers, creating new hybrid creatures by combining the DNA of various animals. When they suggest adding human DNA into the mix to take the research to the next level their company forbids it. But Clive and Elsa forge ahead in secret and soon enough they’ve brought a new being into the world. They name her Dren and watch with a mixture of fascination and terror as she grows into something no one is prepared for.
The buzz: A midnight movie selection at this year’s Sundance film festival, “Splice” got lucky when producer Joel Silver decided to acquire it for release through his Dark Castle Entertainment company. Now it’s a major summer release with more attention and advertising than any previous film from cult favorite director Vincenzo Natali (“Cube”).
The verdict: DNA isn’t all that’s getting spliced here. The movie’s sci-fi horror combines equal parts “Frankenstein”-esque Gothic fairy tale, extra creepy “X-Files” installment and David Cronenberg-style biological kink. But “Splice” is no simple rip-off. In a summer overflowing with sequels, remakes, reboots and adaptations, “Splice” counts as a rare original. The plot develops in surprising ways, with steadily building dread that doesn’t rely on abundant gore or gotcha scares to freak audiences out. Instead, it puts a new spin on the nature vs. nurture debate with a creature that’s anything but natural and two scientists who aren’t quite ready to play surrogate parents. As they begin their experiment, Clive asks, “What’s the worst that can happen?” This well-acted artfully-photographed movie will keep you guessing just how bad the answer will get. Source: Metromix
Box Office: The film opened on June 4, 2010 in wide release to a $7.4 million opening weekend in 2,450 theaters, averaging $3,014 per theater.
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