Clive and Elsa are young, brilliant, and ambitious. The new animal species they engineered has made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment.
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Dysfunctional family drama in the guise of a horror movie has outstanding special effects, some genuine scares and good points, but too many unintentionally funny moments mute the overall impact. Still, it's one of the most imaginative horror films to come out in recent years and a mostly enjoyable experience.
On the surface, it seems derivative of predecessors such as "Species" -- the disappointingly typical horror-movie climax reinforces this. But in the middle, there is a fascinating allegory about the perils and anxieties of parenting, especially when fraught with a family history of abuse. The comparisons to Cronenberg may be unavoidable, but somewhat inaccurate. Natali is unique in his own right.
In this humdrum, if androgynously NC-17, retelling of Frankenstein, Adrien Brody has sex with it (when he thinks it's a "she"), then it turns into a he, impregnates Brody's girlfriend and then kills him. There. I just saved you 1 1/2 hours of your life. The creature didn't waste its time on bad movies, it LIVED! Get out there and murder and explore your sexuality.