Splice (2010)

Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, Brandon McGibbon, David Hewlett

Directed by: Vincenzo Natali

R. 104 mins.

Splice is emotionally and morally ambiguous about the controversial issues it raises which makes this an engrossing treat for sci-fi buffs. The film involves two genetic engineers (Brody and Polly) who create a human/animal hybrid to completely change the world of medicine but of course, their experiment turns out to be a terrible mistake. Natali brings his technical skills from the brilliant Cube to this project making for a visually slick thriller. The premise is clever and well-acted but ultimately Splice merely disturbs rather than affecting the audience on any other level which is a shame since it could have been so much more – * * * 

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