In 2011, society still struggles with decoding scientific breakthroughs in treating diseases with stem cell research, cloning, and animal testing because of the legal and moral stranglehold politicians and certain religious leaders and groups aggressively impose on us. That being said, let’s talk about a sci-fi horror film that addresses all those concerns, but from the point of view of the actual scientists who are doing the actual experimentation. Splice is a movie about two biochemists (played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) who successfully create animal hybrids in order to help create enzymes that can one day fight those very diseases and medical conditions that humans suffer from. Under the pressure of a powerful pharmaceutical company to produce successful results faster than can be expected, the biochemists reluctantly create a human-animal hybrid.
Realizing that the creation was a success but ages at an extremely rapid rate, they wrestle the moral and legal consequences
of what they’ve done while keeping the creature (Dren) in hiding. As Dren continues to grow and mature, it is reluctantly treated as human as possible considering the unimaginable circumstances by its creators. But as Dren matures, it evolves into an uncontrollable monster and will threaten or kill when it doesn’t get what she wants.
The movie certainly took a very real problem today and presented it in what is considered to be so far a fictional premise. The story itself sometimes moves a little slowly, but there is certainly a lot of character development between Brody and Polley despite a subpar chemistry on-screen. Designed by Guillermo del Toro, Dren itself was very impressive with simple and subtle visual effects and designs by his standards.
Not a great movie, but certainly one that should keep you entertained for less than two hours on a movie-night at home.