PEOPLE: Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube).
Starring Adrien Brody (Predators, the pianist from The Pianist, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Village, Thin Red Line), Sarah Polley (Go, eXistenZ, Dawn Of The Dead 2004, Baron Munchausen), and Delphine Chaneac.
PLOT SUMMARY: Scientists splice human DNA into an experiment… When they aren’t supposed to.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Couple genetically engineers monster. Rapes ensue..
QUIRKS: Science-fiction / thriller/horror with an emphasis on genetic manipulation.
VISUALS: Good genetic organism CGI and makeup special effects. Definitely worked.
MORALS: This whole movie is about the moral quandaries of science! Political AND moral. This made the subject matter VERY interesting to me.
POLITICS: It starts out with some subtle politics… It was subtle, but basically: A specific situation early on where it can be demonstrated that intellectual property–genetic patents–and corporate capitalism can easily kill millions of people by refusing to do the most beneficial research, instead researching what is profitable. And genetic politics certainly enter into the equation as well: It’s illegal to clone a human, but what if it’s only part human? The entire movie could be viewed as a techno-genetic-political statement about what will inevitably happen once our genetic sequencing technology begins to reach fruition. And for that reason, this movie is scary, even if the content of the movie itself isn’t scary.
GOOD STUFF: Genetics are awesome!! SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And they went places some filmmakers would be scared to go. Sometimes I sat here wondering if this was how the deadgirl in Deadgirl was created :D
BAD STUFF: It is pretty much a science fiction film, except near the end it becomes a thrillor/horror. This makes it seem a bit inconsistent. A lot of people think it took a turn for the worse once [highlight for spoilers]→ he has sex with Dren. Personally, I think that situation is inevitable as well. May as well cover it. But anyway, there is definitely a pace change near the end. One that makes this movie more generic and less profound than it could have been.
There’s another pacing change too. Sarah Polley‘s character. Her acting was great. But her character was messed up. She sucks soooo bad. The movie started to be about the science, but then became more about how fucked up Sarah Polley‘s character is. The plot twisted several times, like a double helix :) That’s actually a good thing (a twisting plot), but I’m mentioning this under the BAD STUFF category because her character was so fucking annoying.
CONCLUSION: The pacing is inconsistent, but that’s because the plot twists a few times (like a double helix, hardy har har). This can be regarded as either a good or bad thing. The politics, morals, and science of the movie made the subject matter VERY interesting to me. This movie is kinda messed up. It’s really a science fiction movie more than a thriller/horror. The ending isn’t as good, though.
Clint: Netflix: 4.4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.3/10, Netflix: 3.2/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.0/5 stars).
RECOMMENDATION: Worth checking out!
SIMILAR MOVIES: Species? I dunno. This has probably been done before, but it was unique for me.
Outlaw Vern’s more thorough review here. Funny stuff.
Music: Slayer – Aggressive Perfector