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Splice (2009)

(R) 104 mins

Plot Summary: Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.

Director: Vincenzo Natali

Writers: Vincenzo Natali (screenplay & story), Antoinette Terry Bryant (screenplay & story), and Doug Taylor (screenplay)

Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley and Delphine Chanéac

Serious Jest: (Must See)  This is not your typical lab-experiment-gone-wrong sci-fi thriller…nor is it exactly a horror film.  Quite fittingly, this movie merges various different themes into a unique, suspenseful examination of scientific morality, corporate meddling, humanity, family, and psychology.  The writers really stretched their imaginations impressively on this one.  Brody and Polley deliver solid performances, but Chaneac steals the show as Dren.  Warning: don’t go in expecting constant action; sometimes it’s a slower burn…but the payoffs are worth it.  I’m not a big science-fiction fan, but I’d call this one a must-see movie because it’s intelligent, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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