Director: Vincenzo Natali
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac
The last time people were in an uproar about cloning, Bill Clinton was still president. We’ve since moved on to scarier things like the earth melting and New Orleans being rained on by BP oil clouds. But that doesn’t mean that the idea of tampering with human DNA to develop hybrid living beings is any less creepy in 2010.
“Splice” centers on a power-couple of superstar engineers, Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley), who decide to defy scientific and ethical boundaries by blending human DNA with that of several animals.
The film is suspenseful — you can’t call a chicken-legged lady with a stinger in her tail “predictable” — but it suffers from the classic horror/sci-fi trait of the main characters being complete idiots.
It’s great B-movie fare, but “Close Encounters” it ain’t.