Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jason watches SPLICE

And it might be good...or it might be perfect fodder for Bad Movie Night. Certainly there's a lot of cheesy moments to make fun of (and dammit, single organisms don't evolve, species do over several generations! A biologist would fucking know that!)

Clive and Elsa (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) are husband-wife genetic splice-masters who've created these pulsating blob animals that are a great source of medicinal compounds. But they want to take it to the next level. For them, that means adding human DNA, for management that means productizing the drugs their critters create. So they do what all good scientists do--they create their monster in secret. And the little monster is frightening at first (if for nothing else, the fact that she outgrows her incubation tank in about a day), but Elsa starts to raise her as a daughter. Clive is against it, and is afraid they'll get caught. As the story goes on, the relationships change a lot, and the story is actually about the troubles of raising a child, especially a genetically manipulated freak that grows at an accelerated rate (for no discernible reason beyond the constraints of running time). Although [spoiler alert] it goes a bit overboard with the sex scenes.

If this movie is meant to be as deadly serious as the actors seem to think, it failed. But it'll be one of my guilty pleasures.

Running Time: 104 minutes
My Total Minutes: 187,417

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