Splice (2009) Movie Review

Splice (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama
104 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.

Splice (2009) is a sci-fi horror film directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube (1997), Darknet, Hemlock Grove, Wayward Pines, Star Trek: Discovery). Splice had an estimated budget of $26 million and grossed $16.9 million at the box office. This movie features lots of dark and twisted situations derived from many moral situations.

Biochemist couple Clive (Adrien Brody - King Kong (2005), Predators (2010), Backtrack (2015)) and Elsa (Sarah Polley - Dawn of the Dead (2004), Mr. Nobody (2009), Go (1999)) splice together the DNA of an amphibian, a bird, and a human. The result is a mess of unseen circumstances. Should a human create life and what about the ramifications of that creation?

Splice does well in conveying the scientist’s sense of wonder and amazement as they create the new species followed by their attachment to the creature and weird sense of nurturing if you call it that. Unforeseen at first but adding to the later tension and complexity of the creature is the fact that the human DNA came from a mentally unbalanced source. This film suffers from pacing issues where you find yourself watching the time. Not mentioning the questioning situations the scientists get themselves into with Dren (Delphine Chaneac - Transporter: The Series) that will make the viewer uncomfortable at times. Splice is an overall entertaining film that mostly not watch again. The ending leaves us with the promise of a sequel, but that seems highly unlikely to happen.

About Splice 2009

Title: Splice
Year: 2009
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 24 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 24
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Adrien Brody, David Hewlett, Sarah Polley, Brandon McGibbon, Delphine Chanéac, Simona Maicanescu, Abigail Chu, Doug Hicton
Writers: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, Doug Taylor
Director: Vincenzo Natali

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