The good thing about LoveFilm is I can keep it completely random. I don’t put any of my films as high priority, I just let them send me whatever film they want. That way I get to see films I’m kind of interested in rather than only seeing films I’m desperate to see all the time. It means I might find a hidden gem. This was the reason that I ended up watching Splice.
Now Splice isn’t a hidden gem. It isn’t awful and is actually a very interesting concept. In a time when people are messing with genetics and cloning and scientist are using animals to cure diseases, this film is probably a very clever commentary on the modern day science… but I’m not interested in that. I put it on my LoveFilm list because the trailer showed me a film about a creature that had been created by humans but seemingly turned on its creators.
Splice isn’t a horror film. There are moments when it is creepy and whenever the “creature,” called Dren, is on screen, I did get the feeling something bad would happen, but the film is more of a thriller. Its more about how the scientists are going to control this creation and how things begin to get out of hand. I think that is its saving grace. If it was just a horror film about a rampaging creature trying to kill its creators, it would be average or maybe even dull but instead we get something a bit more intelligent and so more interesting.
Adrien Brody adds some kind of acting heavyweight to the film though I’m never really sure what to think of him as an actor. For a long time I’ve thought Adrien Brody and instantly thought “Oscar winner” (for the Pianist.) Apart from The Pianist though, what else of any sort of acting weight has he been in? All I actually know him from is King Kong and Predators. Hardly an acting masterclass. I know there is something to be said for having a mix of roles and films but it does seem like Adrien Brody is due another “Pianist” rather than another “Predators.”
Staying on the acting, Delphine Chaneac, who plays the fully grown Dren, is brilliant. She has to mix both fearful and overwhelmed with scary and powerful and does it perfectly. She’s also strangely attractive (even with a crease down the middle of her face and her eyes slightly too far apart) but I won’t dwell on that.
It’s great that the film did something more intelligent with what could have been a basic horror film but it doesn’t stop the story from being predictable and what I think are supposed to be twists or shocking reveals seem a bit obvious. I guessed the ending early on and the last scene, which I think was supposed to be the shock ending, was far too predictable.
That’s only a small complaint though. The film kept my interest which is the main thing. No actors stood out as weak links, I was never bored and I was actually impressed with the direction they took the story. If you look past some of the really weird moments that had me looking away from the television (one sex scene stands out in particular) this is a good film.
Overall, I enjoyed it. I would recommend it if you fancy something a bit unusual and a bit different and can get on board with what it is trying to do.
(1 – Awful, 2 – Average, 3 – Good, 4 – Great, 5! – Must See)