Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: June 4, 2010
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PeetuK.Jun 4, 2010
Simply amazing. This movie is smart and entertaining!
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ChadSJun 9, 2010
From neonate to grown-up, Dren, the flawless handiwork of CGI animators, is never less than convincing as a living thing. When Elsa(Sarah Polley) decks out her genetic deviation that she co-created with Clive(Adrien Brody), a fellow genetic From neonate to grown-up, Dren, the flawless handiwork of CGI animators, is never less than convincing as a living thing. When Elsa(Sarah Polley) decks out her genetic deviation that she co-created with Clive(Adrien Brody), a fellow genetic engineerist and bedmate, Dren stops being a special effect and starts to have a visceral impact on the moviegoer. She's simulacrum like Gollum was simulacrum, a technologically alive being that intergrates itself among the animate and inanimate objects which describe the natural world, instead of announcing its "otherness" through distraction, courtesy of such typical, self-evident pixelated fakery found in so many computer-generated characters(i.e. Jar-Jar Binks, for starters). Dren enchants. As a result, the filmmaker can go anywhere he wants to, and does, with Cronenberg-ian gusto(psycho-sexual politics, check; splatter effects, check), in which "Splice", among other things, works as a Mia Farrow-like revenge fantasy. In "Husbands and Wives", Farrow's last movie with veteran writer/director Woody Allen(her then-lover and collaborative partner), the moviegoer feels privvy to their common-law marital discord, but the auteur stops short of full disclosure, electing not to divulge the root cause. Allen's on-screen nebbish alter-ego, arguably the biggest nerd in all of filmdom, made his debut in Clive Donner's "What's New Pussycat?", and Clive just happens to be the name of the scientist(***SPOILER ALERT***), who initiates a sexual relationship with Dren("nerd" spelled backwards), a creature that Elsa treats like her own daughter. Clive should know better. Hands off. Polley, a risk-taking actress(Hal Hartley's "No Such Thing": the beauty doesn't f*** the beast) and accomplished filmmaker(the elegant "Away From Her"), is probably best-known for her role as a schoolbus crash survivor in Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter", seems perfectly suited for the subtext at hand, when you consider the reluctant ingenue's track record for kinky sex(Nicole's consensual affair with her father) and revenge(Nicole's false testimony at the accident deposition after dad calls it quits). Since Dren enchants the moviegoer, it's perfectly plausible that Clive would fall under her spell. They dance. She has the scent of a woman. Soon after, they make love. When it's Elsa's turn, the moviegoer is hard-pressed to get a read on the mother figure's face during this incestuous coital act. The implications are disturbing, to say the least. "Splice" is the most thought-provoking science fiction film since David Cronenberg's "Existenz". Expand
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LilyXAug 15, 2010
A truly disturbing and thought-provoking movie, far better than your average pop-corn scary flick - so I can see why some viewers disliked it. But the creepiest scenes aren't gratuitious at all. What's human? What's a beast? Are ourA truly disturbing and thought-provoking movie, far better than your average pop-corn scary flick - so I can see why some viewers disliked it. But the creepiest scenes aren't gratuitious at all. What's human? What's a beast? Are our behavioral patterns dictated by nature or culture? And most of all... was Sigmund Freud right? These are some of the questions posed by the film which. Good work, Natali, and congrats for casting two real actors and not random bimbos (like other horror movies.) Expand
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JasonJun 14, 2010
I really liked this movie. It was a mash-up of a lot of good concepts from previous movies that work well...I see that many of the negative reviews were from people who obviously don't get the idea behind "black humor." Yes, parts of it I really liked this movie. It was a mash-up of a lot of good concepts from previous movies that work well...I see that many of the negative reviews were from people who obviously don't get the idea behind "black humor." Yes, parts of it are supposed to be intentionally funny, and this does not mean it's a bad movie; horror and comedy can mix (intentionally) believe it or not. Save your money on Saw 5 (or whatever they're on now) and see this instead. Thought-provoking with real-world implications on where science is taking us. Expand
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NathanB.Jun 5, 2010
This movie owned. I can see why some might not like it. If you are looking for a movie that truly tackles the real life politics of genetic splicing or really explores the morality of it all, then you probably want to look elsewhere. Sure it This movie owned. I can see why some might not like it. If you are looking for a movie that truly tackles the real life politics of genetic splicing or really explores the morality of it all, then you probably want to look elsewhere. Sure it touches those briefly, but what we really have here is a fun, HILARIOUS semi horror movie that leaves you feelling as weird as the content matter. Personally I had a blast, laughed my tail off and was weirded out. I got to the movies for entertainment. And this definitely hit the spot. Expand
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JahnSJun 11, 2010
Good stuff. An in your face provoking film.
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GregFisherDec 16, 2010
Vincento Natali has directed the most stuningly original pictures in recent memory. Both Cube and Nothing were definitely polarizing, but their concepts remained novel as well as practically unmatched in their respective genres. SpliceVincento Natali has directed the most stuningly original pictures in recent memory. Both Cube and Nothing were definitely polarizing, but their concepts remained novel as well as practically unmatched in their respective genres. Splice doesn't differ from these movies in this matter a lot. It follows a pair of scientists who successfully has been creating genetic hybrids of various animals. When they attempt to add human DNA to the their formula, the results are both surprising and potentially destructive. The movie's premise may sound quite preposterous at first, yet Natali manages to craft his very own genre hybrid that cannot be labelled as one-dimensional or shallow. Splice effectively blends a sci-fi theme of cloning with observational drama and gruesome horror forming the movie quite reminiscent of David Cronenberg's early work. Splice is also wildly unpredictable taking viewers to uncomfortable places without any warning. In this way Natali explores numerous fascinating themes concerning moral dilemmas on cloning, the relation between creators and a clone and many others I'm not going to mention in order not to reveal any spoilers. What's more, the movie clearly benefits from its complex central performances delivered by Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody. The dynamics between these two actors feel strikingly authentic throughout, which grounds the movie in reality. Overall, Splice is a treat for everybody interested in cinema that doesn't provide easy answers. It's equally ingenious and shocking. 9/10 (A-) Expand
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RandyM.Jun 5, 2010
"Splice" is horror of an almost Raimi-esque level. Like the recent "Drag Me to Hell," "Splice" is damn funny and horribly disgusting at the same time. It's a gross-out freak show with an agenda. It does a great job of criticizing "Splice" is horror of an almost Raimi-esque level. Like the recent "Drag Me to Hell," "Splice" is damn funny and horribly disgusting at the same time. It's a gross-out freak show with an agenda. It does a great job of criticizing genetic experimentation, parenting methods, and all the more disturbingly, human sexuality. Expand
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GilbertLJun 7, 2010
SPOILERS AHEAD: Smart monster movie with amazing creature effects. I felt repulsion and then compassion towards the creature as it developed, both physically and emotionally. I thought the movie was a sly criticism of modern-day parenting. SPOILERS AHEAD: Smart monster movie with amazing creature effects. I felt repulsion and then compassion towards the creature as it developed, both physically and emotionally. I thought the movie was a sly criticism of modern-day parenting. Starting with Ms. Polley's indulging the creature at every turn, defying all common sense, and then changing her parenting philosophy when the 'offspring' decides to act out on her own. Mr. Brody, on the other hand, is a distant parent until the creature is old enough to be intellectually, emotionally, and physically interesting. The couple discuss their parenting plans in the build-up of the plot and references are made to Ms. Polley's emotionally disturbed mother. Then their subconscious parenting desires come to the forefront when the birth of Dren occurs. Definitely worth watching. Expand
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kheasApr 15, 2012
Not a bad film, just not great. It reminded me of a classic 80's horr film that started out very strong and then moved just slightly too far from it's initial promise, Good? yes, Great, no. A little to ham-fisted in it's drive to discussNot a bad film, just not great. It reminded me of a classic 80's horr film that started out very strong and then moved just slightly too far from it's initial promise, Good? yes, Great, no. A little to ham-fisted in it's drive to discuss the implications in genetic manipulation, while still telling an interesting story. Worth seeing at least once. Expand
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SecretAgentGalSep 19, 2010
The spawn of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley takes after her two lab nerd parents in the sci-fi shocker Splice. Genetically concocted Dren - loopy, endearing and freakish - has the smarts of both rebellious scientists Elsa and Clive. Dren's gotThe spawn of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley takes after her two lab nerd parents in the sci-fi shocker Splice. Genetically concocted Dren - loopy, endearing and freakish - has the smarts of both rebellious scientists Elsa and Clive. Dren's got the unpredictable, relentless will of Elsa, and the soulfulness of Clive. Very much like E.T., she wants to phone home. Alas, she has no home except where she finds herself now, in the spooky land of her creators.

With spot-on acting by Brody and Polley as hotshot splicers who are romantically involved, Splice soon becomes a horror treat. It immerses us in the ethical drama created by the two scientists. The violent scenes whet one's horror appetite, and only become gratuitous later in the film.

Chafing at the restrictions set by the pharmaceutical company that sponsors them, Elsa and Clive have set up their own lab (called "Nerd," from which they derive Dren's name). It is here where Dren is born.

The pleasant surprise here is Delphine Chaneac as Dren, whose complex performance rivals her computer generated chicken legs and barbed tale. She's all yearning and devilish mischief. Howard Berger crafted the special effects.

Oscar winner Brody is the conscience of the film. Exasperated, he reminds Polley about right and wrong even while he crosses that line himself. The plot is predictable as we worry about genetically engineered creatures run amok. The puzzle of Dren's fate is a smart, perplexing understory. Dizzying wealth drives the company's research while remaining its ultimate motive in creating genetic cures.

Polley renders a particularly cold, hungry, vulnerable genius in Elsa. There's a subplot about Elsa's insane mother. While she doesn't avoid the possibility of passing along those genes to Dren, her Dr. Frankenstein creature will yield precious cures for chronic diseases. Splice is chilling to the very end, and makes one wonder whether creatures like Dren already exist here on Earth.
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ClarkstonGuyNov 7, 2010
Somewhat predictable, but its kind of sexy. A better than average sci fi. Who would think a new species with chicken legs, bald head, feathers, a tail, and four 3 fingers could be hot. But Dren certainly is. The director had a lot of guts toSomewhat predictable, but its kind of sexy. A better than average sci fi. Who would think a new species with chicken legs, bald head, feathers, a tail, and four 3 fingers could be hot. But Dren certainly is. The director had a lot of guts to leave in the "impaled cat scene." A good Saturday night popcorn movie! Expand
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Film_Fanatic_15Nov 22, 2010
"Splice" is definitely a unique and engaging sci-fi flick. First movie of 2010 that I actually like (7th time out this year). Hollywood, you finally have it right. The creature named Dren is part human, and part alien basically. The movie"Splice" is definitely a unique and engaging sci-fi flick. First movie of 2010 that I actually like (7th time out this year). Hollywood, you finally have it right. The creature named Dren is part human, and part alien basically. The movie centers on Dren, as their two creators call it. They're both biogeneticists that feel they're on the verge of a scientific breaktrough and they create this creature that attaches to them like a baby. But things turn ugly when genetics become out of control. The crew did a fantastic job with the build-up of suspensful scenes and camera angles, which allows viewers to focus more on the film, and not how well it's produced, because of the fact it's produced well. Splice is for anybody who likes a creature feature, and is the perfect start for the Summer Movie Season for 2010. Expand
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HalfwelshmanAug 20, 2011
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BrandonBonaseraNov 11, 2011
Splice is a weird and funny film with many moments of shock.
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choomtabi31Mar 1, 2016
Very unevenly paced but has some good stuff going for it. Watch if you're not particularly squeamish. It's not too bad but there are a few moments.

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KeatonJ.Jun 7, 2010
When it comes to sci-fi monster movies, Splice offers up something completely different. It is creepy, disturbing, and thought provoking. It follows two scientists who work splicing together animal DNA. It
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JayTJun 9, 2010
If you like Cronenberg-esque body horror then this film is for you. 'Splice' has Great special effects, amazing acting and an intriguing storyline.
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wrytyr0Jun 10, 2010
Definitely worth a rental .. the chimera they breed is [spoiler alert] really a device to encapsulate the 'lifetime" of a family into a few short weeks .. the strongest theme of the film [spoiler alert] is the helplessness of the child Definitely worth a rental .. the chimera they breed is [spoiler alert] really a device to encapsulate the 'lifetime" of a family into a few short weeks .. the strongest theme of the film [spoiler alert] is the helplessness of the child especially at the hands of the parents. Expand
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JeffL.Jun 5, 2010
Part Cronenberg, part Corman, this briskly-paced, well-written sci-fi/horror/comedy stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley (both excellent) as a pair of scientists who genetically engineer a monstrous new creation by splicing together human and Part Cronenberg, part Corman, this briskly-paced, well-written sci-fi/horror/comedy stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley (both excellent) as a pair of scientists who genetically engineer a monstrous new creation by splicing together human and animal DNA. In the tradition of all great Frankenstein stories (not to mention King Kong, Creature From the Black Lagoon, etc.) the true heart of the story lies in creating real sympathy for a creature (called Dren in the film and played by Delphine Chaneac) who may be a deadly monster but who is simultaneously a misunderstood child. An entertaining creature feature full of blood, gore...and a little bit of heart. Expand
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KundKSep 30, 2010
Smart and funny pretending to be dumb and serious and cranking the lunacy to 11. A ridiculous script and tonal clunkiness are well compensated by a genuine sense of overall wrongness and transgression not seen since Cronenberg's venerealSmart and funny pretending to be dumb and serious and cranking the lunacy to 11. A ridiculous script and tonal clunkiness are well compensated by a genuine sense of overall wrongness and transgression not seen since Cronenberg's venereal horrors. This mad scientist, my-god-what-have-we-done creature feature will make you gasp and thoroughly creep you out. And I'm not talking about the "scary scenes" or inter-species sex/rape/incest interludes. Not quite in the league with "Dead Ringers", but miles ahead of fluff like "Species" and most of the CGI driven contemporary SF/horror films. Expand
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KmajOct 13, 2010
As a Canadian I can tell you that we are are much less prude like in our examination of sexual topics. This film bring Canadian deals with some weird stuff that I imagine makes audiences uncomfortable. That's why everyone is laughing I wouldAs a Canadian I can tell you that we are are much less prude like in our examination of sexual topics. This film bring Canadian deals with some weird stuff that I imagine makes audiences uncomfortable. That's why everyone is laughing I would suppose; they don't understand it or it makes them uncomfortable. I'm not saying it's a great movie, but it's entertaining and examines some weird/controversial topics that I imagine freaks people out. It's definitely an unsettling movie Expand
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grandpajoe6191Sep 27, 2011
"Spice" is a movie that urges you not to observe the plot, but to observe the maturity and growth of a CGI'd SF creature. The movie's pretty fun to watch like looking at a science experiment.
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jordiApr 1, 2013
Atrevida bioetica y volteretas a la moral, con interesantes propuestas como la identidad propia así como la sexual. No es terror por el ser creado sinó por lo que nos mueve en nuestro interior.
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Meth-dudeApr 12, 2015
A truly weird and interesting movie with a great cast and a big budget for great visual effects.Adrien Brody is absolutely overwhelming with his smart and clear acting and Sarah Polley has never been that good since Dawn Of The Dead.
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CineAutoctonoDec 6, 2015
Splice is a dramatic film to turn the chilling time and boring time, do not know why so many semi - critical acclaim but a rejection by the audience bored.
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