plot: Superstar genetic engineers Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create incredible new hybrid animals. 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, N.E.R.D., forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments in the pursuit of even greater scientific discovery. They secretly blend human DNA with that of their creations, ignoring their society’s ethical and legal boundaries. (source: IMDb)
Witchy’s Review: This movie is prime example of why I should never go to movies with preconceived notions about what I think it is going to be. When I saw the movie trailer, I thought to myself, not another tired old remake of the 1974 horror classic “It’s Alive.” I was sure that it was going to be another, mommy & daddy make monster, mommy & daddy fall in love with monster baby, mommy & daddy defend monster to death against the big bad establishment trying to rid the world of monster junior. Boy was I ever wrong!! Thank Goodness!!!!
Like the 1974 movie “It’s Alive” that dealt with hot bed social/scientific issues of it’s time, birth control and fertility treatments, this movie deals with some of today’s hotly debated issues of cloning/gene splicing and stem cell technology. Thankfully that is where the similarity ends. This movie, in how it dealt with the subjects it presented was well written, well acted, and well done. It twists, turns, and excites to the point, that I think I will watch it again.
It is rare I watch an entire movie without being bored and pausing it, to entertain my brain with something else for a while. This movie was refreshingly interesting as well as entertaining. I actually sat and watched it in one sitting.
Definitely worth the price of full admission. Hey maybe even some popcorn too! Check it out!