‘Splice’ is About Cloning, and Things That Will Kill You

Warner Bros. has released one final internet only trailer for Splice in their desperate grab for attention at the box office this coming weekend. We can’t blame them. If this summer has been about one thing, it’s been decent movies that don’t go anywhere when it comes time for Joe Briefcase to pay money to see them. In the case of Splice, it has been riding high on Sundance buzz for quite some time. Word on the street is that it’s an interesting, scary flick that represents everything a thinking man (or woman) might need from a piece of science fiction or horror. It fuses the two successfully, like the subjects of its narrative fuse human DNA to make a strange, dangerous clone child.

The film does have some star power – Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley are recognizable enough. And as I mentioned, marketing has been strong. And whether or not the film’s original Sundance ending has been changed to make it less controversial is besides the point. It’s a movie worth seeing if you’re a fan of movies worth seeing. At least, that’s what I hear. Strangely, I have not yet seen it. Perhaps I will join the withering masses this weekend and donate my money. I bet Kevin Smith would appreciate that.

The new internet trailer is below, along with the film’s official synopsis. Remember that the film is rated R for “disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language.” If that doesn’t stir your interest pot, I don’t know what will. Splice is in theaters June 4.


Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature that exhibits uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. And though, at first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams, she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate–and threatens to become their worst nightmare.


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