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Splice (2009)
May 20, 2011, 8:57 pm
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Director: Vincenzo Natali

Contemporary genre cinema is too often reduced to joyless, uninspired dreck – riddled with recycled creatures, ideas, and aesthetics – and so Splice, in some ways the most unusual wide release of last year, arrived as a breath of fresh air. That’s not to say that it entirely works – to accept the much discussed plot developments of the latter half of the picture, the audience has to put forth a strenuous effort in making sense out of the character’s decisions. Echoing Cronenberg, the film pairs its graphic imagery (the violent encounter between two slug-like creatures is a perfect example of the comedic potential of such schlock) with big ideas like the morality of genetic engineering and the perils of parenting.

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