Splice Movie Review

by on June 4, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Splice - The matured Dren

The older, matured Dren in Splice

Splice movie review:  If you’re a science fiction fan looking for an action oriented movie, you won’t be happy.  If you’re coming into this film looking for a well made character driven story, with character driven reactions that has a bit of punch in the last 1/3 of the movie, you will be happy you checked out Splice.

This is the spoiler-free review:

First… for those of you thinking that from the previews, this looks like 1995’s Species, good thought but you’re totally wrong.  Sure, it sounds like Species because someone builds something from a biological building block and let’s it grow and it gets out of hand but this is a totally different story about the creation and it’s creators.  In Species, they get a mysterious message from space and the dumb butts actually grow it. In Splice, Dren (played well by Delphine Chaneac) is created from hard word and over zealous goals and missed opportunities.

Drenolution from Splice

Splice is not a science fiction action film like so many films seem to be these days.  Splice is a science fiction horror film where choices and their end results are explored.  (The first real horror about the situation is that they drive a Gremlin!  I wasn’t sure I could take that kind of shock through much more of the movie!)

Splice is about charging down the path of enthusiastic hope while throwing caution to the wind.  It’s about having the ability to say no when you should and it’s about being the unfortunate victim of circumstance.  All of this is explored at length throughout the movie.  The other angle that I enjoyed is something I don’t see often in movies, but how the scientists are controlled by corporate business focus.  The reality of life to be honest.

What I really liked about Splice was how expectant moments never came when expected, but they did show up.  It’s about exploring the characters past, but not doing it in the standard fashion where it’s jammed in our faces right up front, but rather, when it’s applicable to the moment in the story.  It was well done.

Our scientists don’t just work together, they live together and make a cute couple.  Clive Nikolai (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Cast (Sarah Polley) are that couple.  Clive is the conservative scientist who focuses on the corporate goals and Elsa is the one with the crazy ideas that for some reason, Clive just doesn’t say no to.  (* whipped!)  Though they’ve established themselves as bio-engineers on the forefront of science, Elsa wants to save the world and introduce human DNA into their work so they can start growing replacement parts and what not.  Everyone but Elsa understands how bad of an idea that is because of the outrage that could cause from the public, but Elsa is focused on the premise that if they don’t do it, someone else will!

And oh boy, they definitely do it!

If you’re an anti-gore fan, don’t worry, it’s not.  You’re safe!  But there were only a few things in the film that were distracting, annoying or inexplicably unexplained in how it was dealt with but it’s not a show stopper.  The events were relevant to the story, but I didn’t get how it could be.

But for what it’s worth, it’s an excellent story with a classic ending.  Splice is R rated for a reason and I wouldn’t bring the small ones unless you want to find yourself trying to explain some of the “wrestling” and some nudity that goes on!  If you’re looking for an explosive, death dealing action flick, well, you won’t get it and you’ve been warned.

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