“Splice” is twisted, morally disturbing

The writer’s of “Splice” are as visionary in their concept as they are depraved. This movie depicts an internal battle of morals versus the medical needs of science, a concept explored before, but never in such a raw manner.

Scientists Clive Nicoli (Adrian Brody, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley, “Mr. Nobody”) are running a genetic laboratory at a large corporation seeking to discover and synthesize a new protein which will assist in curing many diseases.

At the beginning of the film, the two have already created a new species of animal which shows immunity to many diseases. These two creatures, (one male and one female), resemble flesh colored blobs. Wanting to experiment with human DNA – the next step – the lab partners (also lovers), secretly combine human DNA with several combinations of animal DNA until a viable match is found. Elsa, against Clive’s wishes, initiates ‘pregnancy’ with the synthesized DNA, and a new species begins growing within a pseudo-womb in the lab.

The remainder of the movie depicts the experiment, Dren’s (Delphine Chanéac, “The Pink Panther”) life as she rapidly grows to adulthood under the close watch of the Elsa and Clive, who develop parental feelings for her. The consequences of creating a new humanoid species is also, quite vividly, explored at the end.

While this movie is original, the make-up and computer graphics intensely life-like and the acting rather good, I would not willingly touch it with a ten-foot pole.

“Splice” does many things, and one of them is to completely and utterly shock and alienate the viewer. The plot falls slowly into place as the beginning of the movie drags on.

Once the meat of the story is underway, it fails to conform to what moviegoers expect to see, which is an experiment on the loose with the two creators rushing to stop it from wreaking havoc.

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The movie trailers fail to depict a true representation of the movie, and leave the expectant audience unequipped to properly deal with the relatively boring plot.

The movie does contain a few startling moments, but it isn’t until the last ten minutes that anything truly horrifying occurs. This is also where the nearly snail-like pace of the story suddenly turns fast, knocking the viewer off balance slightly.

It is in the final minutes of the story that something truly disturbing occurs as well. This final portion of the movie left a bad taste in my mouth and I highly recommend not seeing this movie because of it.

Due to the plot twist leading up to this event and the twist it creates, the movie would be ruined if I were to explicitly spell out why this movie is best left empty in theaters.

So think on this: certain concepts are generally deemed acceptable in movies as long as they are explored tastefully and with purpose. “Splice” fails miserably in doing so by using these concepts purely for shock value.

For the concept, the general plot, the decent direction and the acting talents of Delphine Chanéac as a very convincing half-human experiment, this film warrants consideration. Although there are a few explicit scenes, the movie is not overly graphic.

If you choose to see this movie, be warned that it is more psychologically stimulating than visually captivating and may seem very disturbing morally and emotionally to some viewers.