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Splice (2009)

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Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.

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Vincenzo Natali

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Vincenzo Natali (screenplay), Antoinette Terry Bryant (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adrien Brody ... Clive Nicoli
Sarah Polley ... Elsa Kast
Delphine Chanéac ... Dren (as Delphine Chaneac)
Brandon McGibbon ... Gavin Nicoli
Simona Maicanescu ... Joan Chorot
David Hewlett ... William Barlow
Abigail Chu ... Child Dren
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Storyline

Two young rebellious scientists are told by their employers to halt groundbreaking work that has seen them produce new creatures with medical benefits by splicing together multiple organisms' DNA. They decide to secretly continue their work, but this time splicing in human DNA. Written by Anonymous

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In 2010 their greatest creation will be unleashed. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language | See all certifications »

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Canada | France | USA

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English | French

Release Date:

4 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Splice See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,385,277, 6 June 2010

Gross USA:

$17,010,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,127,620
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Vincenzo Natali's hair turned gray through the filming, apparently because it was such a grueling shoot. See more »

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When Ginger and Fred meet in the case at the shareholders' meeting, they began to hiss and protract their claws and fangs. From behind, Ginger's fang is already out, and Fred begins to push his out. In the next shot, Ginger pushes her fang out for the first time. See more »

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CEO: No more monsters!
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The cast credits and finally the title are scattered throughout the opening credits, instead of appearing consecutively. See more »

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Finnish and German Blu-rays are 108 min. versions. US and UK versions 104 min. See more »

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Omg. Hahaha what did I just watch??!
25 April 2012 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Lol... Seriously, what did I just watch?? I can't decide if this movie is brilliant, cheezy, profound, juvenile, disgusting or the biggest turn-on since "I Spit On Your Grave". I'm not sure if you'll love or hate this flick, but if you will definitely NOT forget it.

As you can guess from the movie posters, the story is about an artificially-engineered humanoid who's pretty hot. Let your imagination take it from there. What makes this story so memorable is that the writers aren't afraid to take it wherever it needs to go. And then some. Like if you thought "Species" was perverse, it looks like "The Flying Nun" compared to this.

Just to throw some words out there: incest, bestiality, rape, science, incest. And yes, I know I said it twice.

I found myself, in the depths of my twisted mind, thinking "woah, wouldn't it be crazy if (such and such) happens..." and sure enough it does, only to be followed by "oh but they wouldn't dare let (such and such) happen..." and sure enough it does again. Normally I would say predictability is a flaw, but in this case it's thrilling. The whole experience is like a voyeuristic romp, testing the limits of how screwed-up the writers' (and your own) imagination can get. The point being, I'm sure, to show just how morally wrong it is for scientists to engage in vivisection & the creation of life. This is like Frankenstein on steroids.

Like seriously, my hippie brethren, put down your picket signs and just show this movie on street corners... You'll see an end to vivisection overnight.

Parts of this story seemed ridiculous & comic booky, but just when I'm about to write it off as childish tosh it introduces some incredibly complex themes like a Greek play. You think Oedipus had problems? Hahaha Oedipus never saw SPLICE. It would make him go crying to his momma.

The more I think of it, I think this film is brilliant. Much like "Starship Troopers" was a deep socio-political satire disguised as a campy action flick, I think SPLICE gives us a techno-moral satire disguised as a thriller. But like I said, I have no clue if this is masterpiece material or just plain cheese. Most likely the filmmakers deliberately used elements of both.

If you like scifi satires like "Starship Troopers", "District 9", or scifi morality plays about the creation of new lifeforms as in "Solaris", "Moon", "Alien Resurrection", or the one that started them all, "Frankenstein" (2004 miniseries, the best version), maybe with a bit of "Species" eroticism & "Rosemary's Baby" & "The Omen" & "Mommy Dearest" & "Flowers in the Attic" thrown in, then this is for you. I think...

By the way, y'ever notice how aliens & evolved humanoids always look just like Bjork? Just sayin...


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