An interesting twist on what you originally expect; the very fact of unoriginality is the backbone to this film. It toes the line of the genetic experiment / horror / thriller genre, but occasionally takes massive lunges into uncomfortable subconscious territory on either side...
It was entertaining and creepy with SOME original ideas but I'll second the Species connection and throw a thanks out to Jurassic Park for the plot twist. It also made me think of Junior at times...haha. Wait a sec...could this be the greatest combination of all time??
If people weren't so prudish about the "weird scene" and actually paid attention to the plot they would see it is perfectly consistent. We have a tendency to anthropomorphize nature, particulary when we don't understand it, and on occasion that has dire results, as it did to the characters. I'll agree the story isn't brilliance itself, but it remains interesting enough (until the third act or so) to merit attention.
A refreshingly original sci-fi/horror film that focuses on unsettling ideas and characters rather than just slick visuals and special effects, though it also does an excellent job at those too. Strong performances and an intriguing, original story - it'd be nice to see Hollywood turn out more genre films like this.
Not too bad. It seemed a bit confused about whether it wanted to be creepy or campy—not to mention cute or repulsive—and it felt like an extended X-Files episode at times (particularly during the third act), but its Cronenberg-esque themes of body horror and vaguely post-human outlandishness kept me interested. Not quite a winner, though certainly worthwhile (if you enjoy sci-fi in this vein).
Genuinely disturbing in a way that most horror films aren't these days. This one had the audience audibly disturbed in multiple scenes. I wasn't surprised when it flew out of theatres after it's opening week (although I am in North Carolina...). The ending for me didn't quite pull through, but still, this is the kind of boundary-pushing stuff that mainstream horror typically doesn't touch.
Haven't had this much fun listening to an audience awkwardly react to sexual tension since "A History Of Voilence". There should be a special prize for this kind of thing. We could call it the "Cronenberg Award". Brody running out of the barn to the car (with muted dialog) had me splitting my sides.
Come on, people. This is partly (but to a very noticeable degree) a dark comedy. Sure, there are serious morality issues at work, but I doubt anyone meant for this wackfest to be watched with a straight face. Kind of awesome, actually, though the tacked-on monster-movie action climax was kind of a let-down. Then again, third acts are usually Natali's Achilles' heel. The denouement is anything but a cop-out, however.
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.