Friday, September 2, 2011

Freak Friday: Splice

Alien movies are not usually my thing, though strictly speaking this isn’t an alien movie. SPLICE involves two scientists Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast (played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley respectively) secretly creating a new species by piecing together animal parts and human DNA. Flipping through the channels on late night TV, I wasn’t intrigued by this premise but my attention held with one simple question. “What the heck is Adrien Brody doing in a banished to the undead hours horror movie?”
Turns out that Splice is far more psychological thriller than classic horror and thus, despite the zombie time slot, doesn’t fall into the usual B, C, and D class repertoire. Hmm...okay. I can dig it. Let’s see what this flick has to offer.
The story starts with the two scientists working for Nucleic Exchange Research and Development. The blatant showing of how the agency’s acronym is N.E.R.D. in the film had me laughing. But, the comedy soon ended as the movie guided its viewer into the scientists’ twisted world of DNA splicing, genetic coding, and overall creepy messing with nature. Want to see just how creepy? Check out their first creations, Ginger and Fred (another fun little word usage)...
After having success with their disgusting but highly helpful creations – Ginger and Fred’s bodies create some type of enzyme to cure diseases in livestock – they decide to apply to the company’s Board of Directors for next level funding. With scientific curiosity and discovery apparently motivating the team, they push for the company’s blessing to proceed with experimentation using human DNA. The board, of course refuses on moral grounds, when truthfully, they want the scientists focused on mass market product of the enzyme.

What are two rejected scientists to do? Use their own DNA and run the experiment anyway naturally. Elsa, the female scientist, is leading the charge, and her boyfriend scientist, Clive is reluctantly following behind. With a few carefully placed montages, Dren a human-animal female hybrid is born.
Without revealing too much of the rest of plot or character development, let me say simply that there’s far more than meets the eyes with ALL of these characters, not just the alien. 
They grow up so fast, don't they?

Rating: B+

PS Turns out it can be called an alien movie. See definition of alien number 3, “a person who has been estranged or excluded.” Yeah, I’d say that fits our gal well.

PSS Apparently there are limited edition Dren plush dolls. No, I don't know where you can find them. Probably eBay.

12 comments :

  1. I watched that movie and it left me with the heebie-jeebies.

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  2. I saw this in the movie theater with the hubby and it was...interesting lol There were definitely a few surprises and some scenes that...pushed the limits of what I would want to see (even though they were also weirdly funny). I'm sure you know which scenes I'm referring to.

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  3. Prerna, me too. Maybe, not heebie-jeebies per say, but definitely an uncomfortable feeling.

    Yelena, oh yes, not to spoil the "surprise" for anyone, but I know exactly the scene(s) you mean. ;-)

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  4. I actually didn't like this at all - but couldn't stop myself from watching it. But I'm jaded :-D

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  5. Oh man, I can't believe I haven't seen this yet.

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  6. Adrien Brody's been in some odd stuff of late. I mean, he won an Oscar...and then he's in an Aliens movie and this. Not good. Don't go the way of Cuba Gooding, Adrien! Don't do it! ;)

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  7. I saw this and the ending was... yeah, everything was definitely different.

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  8. I've never seen this, but it sounds like great late night TV. BTW, I'm a new follower from the campaign. Look forward to getting to know you.

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  9. Hey there fellow campaigner. I'm following you. I saw Splice...great movie. The creature turns from girl to guy...awesome.

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  10. ACK! Those little guys creep me out. I love me some Adrien Brodie but based on Andy's comment--think I will avoid this flick. (Nice Cuba pull,dude. Snow Dogs. ARF)

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  11. I saw this. It was CRAZY! Especially the last 20 minutes. Once you start watching it, you just can stop no matter how freaked out you might get.

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  12. Yes! The movie is sort of a train wreck in the sense that you want to look away, but you can't.

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