Jul 2, 2010

Posted in 2010s, George, Reviewers

Splice (2010)

Splice (2010)

This clever little shocker splices together Frankenstein, Freud, and Cronenberg with Todd Brownings FREAKS and the baby from ERASERHEAD — and the cinematic offspring is alive! It’s alive!!!!

I was invited to the NYC screening of SPLICE with the director having a Q&A after the movie.  I’ll put most of the Q&A after my review.

A very solid and credible performances by Brody and Polley.  Even though director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Nothing) borrows from other horror/sci-fi movies, the result is original and yet powerful.
Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine but when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments. The result is Dren (Delphine Chaneac), an amazing, strangely beautiful creature that exhibits uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. Although, at first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams, she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate—and threatens to become their worst nightmare.

Once again, the performance of the incredibly talented cast makes the whole tale believable.  Nonetheless, Delphine creates a unique character that will make you sympathize with her at times and hate her at other times.

The movie was created with a very tight budget, the result comes out like a blockbuster.  The special effects and make up are superb.  It’s not a horror movie per se, it’s more of a sci-fi/thriller.  It has gore but not enough for the hardcore fan.

Overall it’s a movie you can’t miss.

Here is some of the Q&A with Director Vincenzo Natali:

Question: How did you conceive Dren and render her on film?
Vincenzo Natali: The development of Dren as a character both, the design and the performance, span the entire writing development period of the film.  I started sketching Dren right in the beginning, and then when I almost made the film in 2000.  I worked with a wonderful artist in NY he did a lot of teh design, and then that production kind of went “kaput” and it was on ice for six of seven years  then we restarted I brought more artist and what you saw now is the result of that.  I provided one piece of the puzzle.  If you think the movie works is because of Delphine, the actress who plays Dren in her adult stage.  She is a French actress, we auditioned 200 girls, she was the first actor who came in and we chose her.  I guess she was destined to play this role Wen we had her we did a lot of reversed engineer to suit her physical appearance so we did a lot of test work with her.  Even when is not Delphine in the movie, when she is a little baby (CGI) I filmed those scenes with Delphine for reference for the animators so she performed everything.  And then when we got to the child state, this is the only stage play by an actor, we had this amazing kid who was a martial art champion, who can kick my ass (laugh), Delphine worked with her, she trained Avagail.

After we finished shooting we had 14 months of postproduction.  It was nice because we got to do everything right, we had great special effect companies, in Toronto and Paris.

Q: Did you initially set up to make a modern Frankenstein, is was always the goal?

VN: A little bit, is kind of…, you can’t avoid it.  I actually just read the book and there were so many similarities from the book.  I felt it was important we got to push it to the 21st century.  While Frankenstein  is more of a father-son story, Splice is a mother-daughter story and then I think by going into a love triangle I mutated into something hopefully unique.

Q: If the movie does great will you make a sequel?

VN: The ending looks like is set up for a sequel, and honestly I didn’t think that this films was going to be distributed, let a lone have a sequel.  I just thought that was the right ending for the film and in all my films I like to end it with a question.

Q: I thought that Poley and Brody were just incredible, I was wondering how did you getting them on board?

VN: I really agreed with that, first of all it was essential to have two people you can believe are brilliant geneticist.  I was incredible lucky, I think they responded to the film for those reason, i think they responded to the weirdness and craziness of the film.

Complete Splice Interview

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– By George

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Splice (2010), 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

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