(Waterbury- July 4, 2010)


“Cube,” a previous effort from the director of “Splice,” is a film I much admire. It excited me, and I sought out the two sequels (he had no part in making them) only to find out they sucked worse and worser.

So, it was with excitement and trepidation that I stepped into the theatre to see the flick. I had heard about it for sometime from a colleague who himself was looking forward to it. Then I read that it was being picked up for major release. That was good news, but (and there was a but) it would go under some further editing. What’s more, apparently the director had no part in the re-edits. I worried a bit.

I am not sure what was changed (maybe the seemingly tacked on finale which goes nowhere quick) but this film is a riot. It pushes boundaries on both a science fiction and cringe-inducing level. It felt kind of like seeing the early Stuart Gordon flicks when you are a kid. You are not sure how far or where this film will take you, but you are having a blast going on the ride.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let me break it down for a second. In “Splice,” two scientists discover that they may be able to create a being which is “partly” human. This new life form may be able to be used for human cloning without that whole moral issue, because, you know, it ain’t human.

So what is it? It would seem that the scientists don’t even know at first. It comes to term to quick. It appears like a CGI monster before becoming quite bright. When it sprouts wings, they (and us) know that all bets are off.

What I liked about this film is the strange humanity it gives its characters. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are good actors, and they are put to the test here, as two partners in love and science. They wear their pasts and their wants on their sleeves, and it plays into who they are, and where this film takes them.

Pay attention to how the subtly discovered back-story for Polley becomes an integral part in the piece. Did you notice that? You may not have until I told you.

The film is nowhere near perfect, but it is one of the best sci-fi flicks I have seen in a long while. So, of course, by the time you read this, it’ll probably already be out of theatres.

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