Friday, June 11, 2010

Variety is the Splice of life

A splice, in technical terms, is when two linear pieces of material are joined together. That’s kind of the idea behind the latest take on Frankenstein, called Splice. It looked like a remake of Species at first, but that may not be accurate. So far, the response from critics is really good, but whether or not it makes a positive cash flow for the studios could be up to moviegoers.

Article Resource: Variety is the Splice of life

Herbs and splices

This isn't the first movie to ponder what can go wrong tampering with genetics. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley star in Splice, directed by Vincenzo Natali, as scientists splicing genes of various animals together. There are hybrids that occur in nature, but they’re generally somewhat related species. They mix human DNA with that of other animals, and then it turns on them and bad times are had by all. Essentially, its par for the course, as Hollywood thinks you can sucker everyone by taking an old plot and giving it a facelift with a bigger effects budget.

Adding some splice

So far, critic responses are good. In the Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert gave it 3 stars. He though the story lacked a bit, but he seemed to be pleased overall. Kurt Loder was impressed with the visual design. Rotten Tomatoes gives it over 70 percent. The Splice movie reviews seem to indicate the film is actually many fun. Solid visuals and a good scare make for a fun time.

One Splice-y meatball

The plot is not exactly new. Plots about nature going terribly awry when messed with goes back to the legend of Prometheus in Greek mythology, and there is Jurassic Park, Species, the Island of Dr Moreau, Frankenstein, etc. Splice seems like a good take on that.

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Roger Ebert

Kurt Loder

Rotten Tomatoes

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