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Weekend DVD 2: Splice (2009)

She's not human... not entirely.

Splice (2009) is a Canadian sci-fi horror movie.

Synopsis: Two renowned young genetic scientists,
Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) are working on producing new organisms for pharmaceutical purposes and medical benefits by splicing together the DNA of multiple species.

Despite their employers refusal to approve the next stage of the project that involves human DNA, Clive and Elsa continue to conduct their work in secret to create a human-animal hybrid by splicing human genes. They are successful and a new creature named Dren (Delphine Chanéac) is produced.

A statement from the director, Vincenzo Natali: "Splice is very much about our genetic future and the way science is catching up with much of the fiction out there. This is a serious film and an emotional one... The centerpiece of the movie is a creature which goes through a dramatic evolutionary process. The goal is to create something shocking but also very subtle and completely believable."

To know what Splice the movie has at its core, we need to know two main points. First, the existence of Dren -- the lovable yet dangerous, half human-half animal creature. This movie is inherently creepy because of Dren. She's treated as a pet and a human child at the same time. She's loved and raised up like a normal human being yet she's isolated from the outside world and abandoned for a significantly long span of time when Clive and Elsa are at work. Imagine what kind of horror she can unleash when things go awry!

Second, the triangular emotional relationship among Clive, Elsa, and Dren. Their relationship involves a weird kind of transformation from harvesting medical benefits to so-called parenthood and then to something else.
By confining the storyline to portray emotional turmoil among the three characters, you won't be confused by unnecessary subplots.

Overall, if you're a fan of sci-fi "monster" movies, you'll like Splice. :)

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