||[Jun. 6th, 2010|10:56 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
When I first saw ads for Splice, the new film by Vincenzo Natali (Cube), I thought it looked like just a retread of Species, but I was wrong. Splice is everything Species should have been, had that film not chosen to be a misogynistic sex-obsessed clunker instead. (It's also better than Cube, which I found interesting but unenjoyable.)
Splice is being marketed as a horror film, but don't let that fool you. It's actually a thoughtful science fiction allegory about parenthood, one which I'm sure will resonate even more strongly with viewers who actually have children (me, I'm childless, but I feel like I still got it). It also helps to have studied Freud, but you won't enjoy the film any less if you haven't.
Unfortunately, Splice is undone by its climax, where this thoughtful sf film does in fact turn all horror-movie. In my opinion it was entirely the wrong way to end this story. And for this lifelong horror fan to say that going all horror-movie ruins a film is a rarity!
But for the most part, I found Splice surprisingly good. And that's another rarity: a genre film that isn't a sequel or a remake, and that is actually smart, well acted and filled with emotional resonance.