Monday, 18 October 2010

Review Of Splice

Vincenzo Natali has done wonders as he has brought back to life a horrifying  thought of ‘metamorphosis’ back to the big screen and with up-to-date special effects. Let’s we have another legend to added to this genre.  Splice sees to rebellious and ambitious scientist go against ruling to further their experiment to hybridize different species for medical benefits. But unlike their previous experiments they attempt it with human DNA. This story is a stunning epic which has us on the edge of seats to the very end.
Well what can I say, that will do any justice to complimenting this film brilliant achievement? Once again the film is bold and broad asking questions such as ‘Are we pushing the boundaries of science so much so that it can endanger ourselves? Is splicing the next step to solving incurable illnesses such as cancer and aids? Yet still leaving us enough a story to keep us intrigued and question the characters morals and beliefs.
One of the most beautiful ideas was of course the idea that the experiment in the end turned into family and was loved by the scientists. Therefore stating the notion that as human when in care of a creature be it a new-born son/daughter or even an animal we immediately have a bound with the animal which develop in to parental instinct. Similar to the ideology presented to us in 1986 by Cronenbergian. Sounds familiar? Yes, 'The Fly' And it seems I am not the only one to make this assumption as in one review it states:

'This Cronenbergian exploration of the perils of inter-species gene-splicing wrestles with some topical and disturbing ideas' - Nigel Floyd

Splice movie with Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley.

A beautiful thought which presents itself throughout the movie until the end which take an unexpected twist and dark tone to how as the saying goes ‘nothing is as good as it seem’ In this case we see Dren (experiment) grow and mature quickly. Developing a sexual appetite which engages her hormones and finally having interaction with the male scientist. Being practically incest we see how we as human are flawed and are unpredictable when stepping further into the unknown. Also the how will the experiment will turn out. As in this film Dren turns to a male and rapes the female scientist. In conclusion summing up this film as one thing - ‘unpredictable’. Nevertheless the underlying message it seems to do with ethnics how far can we go with scientific discovery before it's wrong. A very important topic into today's society. For this reason Natali displayed imagery that we as viewer can relate and have an opinion on. Whilst reading the review on empire i found an apt quote to back my statement.

'Natali is concerned with scientific ethics — intensified in the 21st century by corporate sponsorship and demand for profitable products from expensive research — but equally troubled by the unique relationship Frankenstein and the monster may have'. - Kim Newman

Yet this is a downside as we don’t see the film as a horror until the final few scenes. To me it was quite a weird watch in that sense as it didn’t make too much sense in parts. For instance when ‘Clive Nicoli (male scientist) figures out that Elsa Kast (female scientist) was the donor of the female DNA and yet Dren has no resemblance in fact when looking at the cast ‘Dren ‘ is an entirely different actress. Don’t get me wrong this is just nitpicking but the fact that they both look nothing alike begs the question how does he figure out. Especially when there is a closer resemblance with actress Julianne Moore ‘Hannibal’ (2001) or even Drew Barrymore (Scream). Even when thinking about it Sarah Polley has possibility of being their daughter as she share similar looks. But the worst has to be the ending which turns into basically a vampire horror. Not cool at all.

But let’s be honest this film is a definite watch for all you sci-fi fans and even non-sci-fi people as this film touch many base as it plays. In respect to previous film s reviewed it uses all of the highlights of each. For instance the power story of friendship like the ‘The Elephant Man’ and yet has the unimaginable imagery of ‘The Fly’ (86). All in all, I salute Vincenzo for his masterpiece as it quite obvious; he did his homework in this frightful genre. Yet when reading reviews though, many disagree and believe it insult to the works of Cronenberg and his theme of DNA horrors. To me this is nothing more than a compliment to them. Here a harsh review in all honest about the movie. To be honest yes it's not a gory but then again David has had more experience in this genre. It's like complaining about a new sci-fi  director and then comparing him to Lucas.

'Splice, a movie that must have Natali's countryman David Cronenberg wishing he'd taken a patent out on the DNA of the Canadian psycho-sexual horror flick.' - Nick Dent

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