Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Splice Takes After Species Movie

There's this movie called Splice which stars Adrien Brody. The movie explores the possibilities in genetics technology, particularly how genes from one life-form can be transferred or combined with genes from another to create hybrid plants and animals that have characteristics unknown before on Earth. Such ideas of combining animal and plants together in a human body has been explored before in horror/science-fiction films of the past. In ancient history, there's the Chimera which is a creature with the features of different animals combined. In genetics, the term chimera refers to the manifestation of two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that come from different zygotes.

Characters in movies have been changed into plants, snakes, etc. before. but it's only now that the once-fictional idea is a possibility. Yes, genetics science has inserted genes into plants and animals to produce something new like glowing tobacco plants and fast-growing fish. The technology can be helpful especially in food production, but it's something that you as a person won't like to experience. It's really horrible to think that you can get animal or plant characteristics. But what if you were born as a hybrid with genes form different lifeforms? This is what Splice is all about.

The idea in Splice isn't really new with the story premise already used in movies like Species, but it can still be disturbingly entertaining. It's not so much about the horror but more to do with what an innocent being, Dren (played by Delphine Chaneac), must face in world that does not accept it and where it must exercise it's natural tendencies and urges borne of it's genetic makeup. Oh, the problems Adrien Brody's character faces in the movie!


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