Friday, 27 May 2011

DVD Review: Splice

Rating: 5.4/10

I warn you now, this film is not one for the faint-hearted. Although it won't leave you diving for the covers everytime the music reaches an eerie pitch, you may find yourself yelling in your sleep trying to escape a creature of unknown genetics...Trust me, I know... However if this is the custard to your peaches, then do read on...

Director: Vincenzo Natali. Screenplay: Vincenzo Natali, Doug Taylor, Antoinette Terry Bryant. Producer(s) Steven Hoban Joseph Boccia (Line producer)
Serge Touboul (co-line producer)
Marco Weber, Don Murphy, Yves Chevalier, Franck Chorot, Sidonie Dumas, Susan Montford, Guillermo del Toro, Christophe Riandee (Executive producers)
Cinematographer: Tetsuo Nagata (D.O.P)
Score: Cyrille Aufort
Editor: Michele Conroy
Studio: Gaumont Movie Studios
Starring: Adrian Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac 
Running Time: 104 min
Age Restriction: 16 LNSV
Genre: Sci-fi Thriller

When I see actor Adam Brody featuring in a film, I automatically know I'm in for something serious or something strange. In the case of Splice, both.
Splice tells the story of two scientists who dabble with questionably unknown genes and fuse pots and come up with a creature of unknown origin. It reminded me a little of Frakenstein and his nutty professor. Frankenstein was a human creation, a "monster" however, who could not stand rejection...know where I'm going? For once I don't think so! The film is excellent in that I didn't predict what would happen at all. It's not often one finds that in a film these days! The film also challenges, (but merely cuts the surface) on a number of factors including the question of morality, man and his constant whim to gain control and the fine line between "mad scientist" and "creative genius". The special effects are brilliant
From a different camera angle however I found Sarah Polley's acting to be rather dismal. She lacked substance and depth, as did her storyline(s) and her and Brody's on-screen chemistry. One would also think that for two cutting edge scientists, Polley and Brody would know the implications associated with splicing genes but they seemed imminently clueless and emotionally void.

Verdict: It's a a fine choice for a cold night under the covers but if you're looking for Oscar winning performances you certainly won't find them here. 

Splice is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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