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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, who forges a bond with both of her creators - only to have that bond turn deadly.

October 06, 2009

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Something to look deeper into *spoilers*

Reviewed by sawyerluvsyou

Seeing the trailer for Splice, I knew it would be something totally different. I had read a few reviews on the movie, but was still not quite sure what to expect. The small bits that got my attention gave me a different idea of what would happen, than what actually happened.

As with other films, I walked in with a totally open mind. I had to keep some part of myself wary of inappropriate scenes to shield my sister and cousin from.

Most people think it's a smut film about a human-creature hybrid. Some think it's a rip off of an alien movie. I saw it as an understanding about what life is. Even though Dren (the creature) was artificially born and was different from anything ever seen before, she still needed love and care to survive. Being kept hidden for her life gave her few ideas of how she was supposed to behave. A part of her felt compassion for the cat she found and kept, loving it and needing its affection towards her. When she had it taken away, I could see a part of her was torn to pieces. Something most people do not understand about that scene, is that she did not kill the cat because she was a monster or heartless, she was getting back at the person who hurt her by taking it away. Since she had never seen death before, she most likely did not understand the consequences of killing a living thing. To her, it was like breaking a toy that got taken away and given back, out of anger.

One of the more controversial scenes was based on sexual intercourse. In the beginning, Dren had watched her "parents" making love. Based on how intently she was watching, she had no idea what it was and was curious. Later, when she is older, and more matured, she starts to have romantic feelings for her "father". The reason for this is that he was the only one who was kind to her throughout her life in the barn. It would be natural for her to have feelings, especially since she would know that he was not her biological father. She begins to seduce him, most likely having feelings she has never felt before. This is another link to her human self. Even though she is still not 100% human, she has human emotions and has entered puberty. Most of her life is empty, so it is not strange that she would want love and compassion from someone who treats her kindly.

As for Clive, her "father", he begins to see her in a more human-like way. Her feelings and actions show that she is more capable of emotions than normal animals. It is possible he felt that she needed love returned, or that he saw a small bit of Elsa (the "mother", and his girlfriend) inside of Dren.

When Clive returns Dren's feelings, she advances for him and begins intercourse. He complies and the act is done. Elsa walks in and feels sickened by what she sees. In her mind, at that moment, Dren is nothing more than an animalistic-creature. She might not see Dren as humanly as Clive does.

In the end, Dren changes gender which is a strong symbol for maturing and going through puberty. It can change a person completely, even turning them into a monster-like person. In Dren's case, she/he was a literal monster, killing Clive, and impregnating Elsa before finally dying.

What is the message in this movie? Do not tamper with God's creations? Look deeper for the emotions in even an un-human-like person? There are many to be considered, and this story is not one to take lightly and not look deeper into.

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Splice crosses the line of stupidity (review may have mild spoilers)

Reviewed by mackshere

Hands down, this has to be one of the worst sci-fi/horror movies I have ever seen.

SPLICE casually dissects a fascinating and controversial element of science--genetic engineering. It had a fairly large budget. A top-notch acting crew. It was co-produced by the awesome Guillermo Del Toro. Plus it's been praised by critics and audiences alike. There was no way for me to expect such a horrific disaster. Seriously, there were so many serious developments in this film that I was constantly cracking up at inappropriate times. Some just unbelievably silly stuff. The filmmakers had high hopes here but really created a monster turd.

The problems with this film start from the onset and just metamorphosize from there. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are never too convincing as the top-notch genetic scientists. It's not really their fault though, as this script makes them out more like underground hobo science nerds. They drive a ramshackle 70's Gremlin and live in a cruddy apartment. I guess with the bad economy they were forced to take their jobs making minimum wage.

So these two drastically underpaid researchers have fun splicing and dicing around in the billion dollar lab they work at. They make an incredible medical breakthrough as they create a new life form. The wormy creatures they conjour up look like cute little Tremors babies. These slimy little buggers are strangely interesting, but really amount to nothing more than a scientific stepping stone.

The two genius gene doctors realize they are on the edge of something so much more. With visions of possible cures for Alzheimer's disease or cancer, they want to incorporate human DNA into their experiments. Unfortunately their boss shuts down this plan real quick. So not fair.

Well, this doesn't slow the mad scientists from their medical pursuits. Heck, it's for the benefit of mankind. Luckily the pharmaceutical company pays little attention to their work or the resources they use. So they buckle down for the rest of the night and are able to create a new half-human life form named Dren. Boo-yah! Dren rapidly develops some breasts and a lethal stinger tail, causing all sorts of unexpected problems.

I really thought this story sped through all the scientific developments way too fast, making this questionable outcome even more implausible. The making of Dren seemed way too easy. Not to mention the fact that keeping this mutant baby a secret was way too far-fetched. Still, at this point the story was holding my interest. It was not until the couple smuggle their creation out of the lab that it reaches new levels of absurdity.

Dren's new home is in an abandoned farmhouse. Instead of running more tests on this creature, both of the doctors become emotionally attached to their project. Hugs, kisses, dressing it(her?)up, applying makeup, teaching Dren to slow dance...it gets so dang preposterous.

I don't want to give too much away, but the nonsense here gets even more shockingly bizarre and flat-out stupid. So many ludicrous moments, this movie derails like a bad train wreck. I couldn't help but glare at the screen with utter disgust and disbelief. SPLICE has a very interesting premise, as it juggles scientific discovery with ethics and consequences. I also enjoy seeing the horror genre receive critical acclaim.

But I can't hop on this goofy, deranged bandwagon. It violates a very serious genre of sci-fi horror with unforgivable missteps. I'm telling you, it's bad, bad, BAD! SPLICE has high aspirations but ends up being unintentionally funny.

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Hazard: Watching Splice will cause brain damage

Reviewed by Sarah

One of the worst movies I have ever seen. The trailer portrays the movie as being a lab experiment gone wrong. But really what this movie is, is an excuse for bestiality. An absolute train wreak from start to finish with the main characters, who claim to be 'geniuses', making one stupid mistake after another. If the writes of this movie had taken just one course in bio-chemistry, perhaps they would understand how many errors were made.

For example: Simply naming a lab animal with a name other then a series of letters and numbers (i.e. test subject: A123) is a mistake that can not be easily over looked.

A terrible movie with no redeeming factors.

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