I swear that Hollywood is screwing around with me these days. If they aren’t announcing some lame reboot or optioning some lame IP, then they are releasing trailers like this one for Splice, a new thriller starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. The movie looks like it is supposed to a satire of something, but it isn’t as far as I can tell. It feels like a trailer done for Funny or Die making fun of all the obscenely stupid horror films that come out these days. I’m interested to know what other people think of this, because I think it has to be one of the stupidest premises I’ve seen for a film lately.
Clive and Elsa are a pair of brilliant scientists whose cutting-edge experiments in genetic engineering make them superstars in their field. As devoted to their careers as they are to one another, they start conducting unauthorized experiments with new animal species that show great promise. Drunk with their god-like powers, they introduce human DNA into one of their creations, producing a creature that is greater than the sum of its parts: a rapidly developing animal/human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder. While this female creature inspires maternal feelings in Elsa, she evokes something far-from-paternal in Clive, something that poses a threat to them all. Then, when this seemingly perfect organism makes a final, shocking metamorphosis, it is mankind itself that is threatened.
Starring: Sarah Polley, Adrien Brody
Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Produced by: Franck Chorot, Guillermo del Toro, Don Murphy
Release Date: June 4, 2010