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Movie Review Sci-fi ‘Splice’ needs more time to develop

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Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 12:15 am

When two young scientists decide to splice together human and animal DNA to create a new organism, you just know things aren't going to turn out all right.

Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) are rebellious scientists who have successfully made a female and a male organism that resemble large slimy worms. However, they want to continue moving forward to create a new organism that will help cure human ailments, such as cancer.

When the scientists' new project is rejected, the two secretly continue on and successfully merge human and animal DNA into an artificial womb. Their new creation is born with animal legs and a female face, and quickly grows before their eyes. They name her Dren, which is nerd backward, and form a bond with the strange creature.

The scientists are forced to move Dren into Elsa's family barn after the previous organism project goes bad during a public presentation.

Dren gets older and doesn't want to stay cooped inside. Elsa and Clive battle with how far this experiment will really go.

The bond between Dren and Clive becomes even closer in one of the weirdest sci-fi sex scenes ever.

The Dren creature is interesting, with her amphibious lungs, wings that sprout from her human arms, strong legs and tail with a venomous stinger.

However, this sci-fi flick leaves me wanting more. I was hoping it would be scarier.

It touches on the rough upbringing of Elsa, who is then forced to mother Dren without a good role model experience.

Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody are both great actors, but in "Splice" their characters are not that intriguing.

Vincenzo Natali ("Paris, je t'aime") directs and co-wrote the screenplay and story. Horror and sci-fi maestro Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth") is an executive producer.

If the ending proves true, there will be a "Splice 2," and maybe then things will get more interesting.

 

"Splice"

Rating: R for language, violence, nudity.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac

Running time: 104 minutes.

Grade: C

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