Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Official Site: http://www.splicethefilm.com/
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Cast: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley
Writers: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, Doug Taylor
I went to see this last night and really enjoyed it. I liked Natali’s previous work ‘Cube’ and ‘Cypher’ so its nice to go into a film without worrying too much that it will be a disaster. A lot of places are calling it a creature feature, but I don’t really agree with that sentiment at all. Its science fiction set in the near future that address a lot of the ethical issues we are trying to deal with today about genetics and cloning.
The opening credits were beautifully done and the leads did really well. I particularly liked the complexity they gave Elsa’s character, that driven people don’t always come from a background that has many chances, and that maybe how we are brought up can affect even a scientist who is supposed to remain distant from what they do in order to have the best results.
Its something that genre films like ‘Mimic’ pass on as they need to go for the shock and surprise and tension rather than making the audience truly think. In ‘Mimic’ we simply accept what the scientists did as it was for the greater good and I don’t recall questioning what they did whereas in ‘Splice’ I constantly did (maybe that’s just a case of growing up tho hehe).
On the whole it was a really good film and one I recommend for anyone who wants a little bit more than just a scare with their popcorn.