© Senator/Central

Canada/France/U.S.A. 2009

Opening 3 Jun 2010

Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Writing credits: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, Doug Taylor
Principal actors: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, David Hewlett, Abigail Chu

Entertaining and thought-provoking, this Science Fiction horror movie explores the question how far we may be willing to go in the name of science and hope – hope to cure serious diseases.

In Splice a scientist couple performs a well-intentioned, though illegal, genetic experiment. By splicing animal and human DNA, Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) bring a completely new creature into the world. This first member of a new species is intelligent, emotional, and subject to conflicting instincts. The scientists don't know whether to treat it/her as another lab animal or their own child and end up doing a little bit of both – and more. No wonder they’re in for a couple of surprises.

Don’t expect a lot of blood or physical violence – the real horror in this movie is of a more subtle kind. While I was fascinated by the impressively animated new life form, Dren (Abigail Chu, Delphine Chanéac), I found the story not believable enough. Director: Vincenzo Natali, writers: Vincenzo Natali and Antoinette Terry Bryant. (Christa Greiff)

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