Like Natali's previous film CUBE, SPLICE had a lot going for it with a great premise. With the main focus on the scientists' motivations but lacking developed backgrounds, SPLICE results in disjointed scenes and last-minute plot gap fillers. What Natali does manage to push through the cracks however, is the underlying fear that Scientists can lose sight of impacts in their work when driven to find a 'breakthrough'.
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.
It's kind of a miracle that such an admixture of horror, camp, and scifi propelled by bad parenting and a dollop of perversion made it to the big screen. How much of a miracle? Just enough that Hollywood pulled the plug and Canada picked up the tab. Oh Canada! Like Elsa says, "If you could understand crazy, it wouldn't be crazy." P.S. What's with all the Adrien Brody bashing? He, Polley, and Chaneac rocked it.
This film is either smarter than the story it tells or not as smart as it thinks it is. Half-human lab experiment rape requires a pretty strong, sure-footed film around it to succeed and I don't think Splice really fits the bill. I liked the squishy, slimy, squealing things, Fred & Ginger - they were cute (until they killed each other). www.foec.wordpress.com
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.