• Splice (2009)

    I expected something weird with this one, and it definitely didn't disappoint.  In fact, it ranks up there as one of the strangest movies I have seen in the last 10 years.

    Splice is about a team of scientists (primarily 2 of them) who are on the verge of a major biological breakthrough.  Unfortunately, the company they are working for is also right there ready to cut their funding.  Being the exemplary scientists that they are, they decide to take matters into their own hands and continue their new "human engineering" project in secret.  This eventually leads to the creation of the alien looking creature you see in the movie poster.  "Dren" as they call her is a mix of several different types of (non agressive) creatures, and topped off with human (which is, as most movies tend to point out these days, the epitome of evil). 

    This movie calls itself a horror movie, but I really didn't see much until the last 20 minutes or so that would constitute frightening people.  Sure you will be disgusted or grossed out at some points; I never thought a movie could top Avatar in terms of awkward sex scenes, but it doesn't really horrify.   Splice is more psychological, focusing on how far a desperate scientist will go for success.  Dren essentially becomes the female protagonists child throughout most of the movie. 

    If you are looking for an interesting sci-fi style thriller movie, this will definitely do it.  I am not sure how accurate the science actually is, and I'm assuming it makes giant leaps and bounds all over the place, but it still manages to entertain.

    Splice gets a 3/5 for making the blue cat people sex in avatar look ALMOST normal.


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