Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Splice (2009)

I'm not usually much for sci-fi, but this was one cool movie.  Splice is about two scientists Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) who have made a scientific and pharmaceutical breakthrough.  They have created two nasty-looking creatures, Fred and Ginger, that have the ability to make this protein that will help create useful medicine for animals.

The pharmaceutical company is impressed and wants to move to "phase two".  Unfortunately for Clive and Elsa, phase two means working on synthesizing the protein so that the company can make big bucks on drugs.  They on the other hand, want to try out mixing human DNA with the creatures. 

They decide to go rogue and secretly create a little project of their own.  They use the DNA from Fred and Ginger and splice in some human DNA.  They stick it in a little incubation chamber and out comes Dren.  They believe that she was born way too early and is strangely deformed.  Although initially they plan to kill her, Elsa begins to bond with Dren and pushes Clive to keep her.

Dren ages rapidly and the couple struggles to keep her hidden while maintaining their jobs.  They both find it difficult to draw the line between child and subject when it comes to taking care of Dren.  Additionally, as the creature continues to change and evolve, they are faced with some crazy challenges and situations.

I think the acting in this flick was pretty good.  Although I'm not the biggest Adrien Brody fan, I've always liked Sarah Polley and I think this was a good part for her.  The actress who played the adult Dren, Delphine Chaneac, really did a lot with a mostly non-speaking role.  Yes, the end of this movie was sort of crazytown, but I did really like this overall.