Starring: Sarah Polley, Adrien Brody, Delphine Chaneac Director: Vincenzo Natali U.S. Opening Date: June 4th, 2010
Clive and Elsa are superstars of the genetic engineering
world. They specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to
create fantastical new hybrids. The charismatic couple wants to use human
DNA in a new hybrid - something that could yield astronomical medical
benefits. The pharmaceutical company that funds their research, however,
is more interested in exploiting their earlier triumphs for easier,
short-term profit. Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiment.
The result is Dren: an amazing creature who exhibits an array of
unexpected developments, both physical and intellectual. Dren exceeds
their wildest dreams... and, ultimately, their most terrifying nightmare.
Director Vincenzo Natali promisingly kicked off his
directing career in 1997 with the low-budget cult SF favorite
Cube, but unfortunately things
seemed to have gone nowhere fast since then. Some television work and
Nothing (?) in 2003 and Cypher (?) the year before that.
Splice marks the director’s return to the sci-fi
genre and features some great Indie actors (Sarah Polley and Adrien
Brody), but exchange a few letters and instead of Splice you get
Species . . .