Friday, June 04, 2010

Escape to the Movies: "Splice"

Short version: GO SEE IT.



Also, the film's director Vincenzo Natali gets interviewed in this week's "Intermisson": http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/7636-Nice-Splice

14 comments:

Trip said...

I wasn't sure about seeing this movie and nobody that I knew really wanted to go. Then earlier today I said "screw it" and went to theater alone; I was so glad I did.

Not one of my favorite films, but a highly interesting one.

Alex said...

I always respect your opinion, Bob, but...I just can't agree with you on this one. I was incredibly disappointed. The whole thing was just silly. We started laughing uncomfortably halfway through and by the last act it just devolved into hysterics.

It felt cliched and predictable, and the metaphors were so heavy handed. I don't even want to get started on the ending.

It mostly left me wanting to watch Alien again.

Dav3 said...

I'll see it but, you have to answer one question for me.

Is this one of those movies that likes to turn down the lights and start whispering, just to jump out say "BOO!", every 5 minutes.

There are few things I hate more than movies that have to cheat like that to build tension.

A good scary movie knows that it's better to make you think something scary is going to happen, then make you wait for it.

So the question is:
Does Splice stew, or just startle?

Alex said...

To be fair, it does not go for the jump scare all that often. It's not like the trailer will have you believe.

antny said...

Bob why did You Leave out The NIN bit of the scene missing picture, is interscope being a ****er over using "closer" frames

Anonymous said...

meh...

the-gel said...

Wow. Your review definitely helped the film as I actually wanna SEE it now!

The commercials for it are fucking terrible and should be ASHAMED as it looked VERY generic.

Mike Ralls said...

Yea.

I too trusted your review but really did like it. 90 minutes of being a dark allegory on the ickiest things that parents can do to a child and then 10 minutes being a "Monster Killing Poeple in the Woods" wasn't a twist. It was just dumb and cheesy as all hell.

ForgetATron said...

It was so inexplicably Greek.

You made the excellent point, in your video review, that this movie moves away from the 'Modern Day Prometheus' premise. i agree with this, but i feel like, in doing so, it became some bizarre Electra allegory with traces of 'White Oleander' and 'Mommie Dearest' thrown in fo' flava.

I always love your reviews, Bob, but i went in hoping for good acting, and i walked out desiring the lifeblood of that terrible brother-actor-man in a mason jar on my mantle.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why you trashed Get Him to the Greek it is one of the funniest films of the year easily.

This year hasn't had a great many that were above mediocre at best but this one does its work.

Notice how the critics like BOTH SPLICE AND GET HIM TO THE GREEK.

Dav3 said...

So I got around to seeing Splice today...

I gotta call foul on this one, Bob. I don't know if the material was a little too interesting, or your chat with the director made you biased, but this emperor is naked.

I will admit that I mostly agree with your reasoning. The themes and concepts behind Splice are pretty fascinating, and the fact that something this unique is getting big-league support is cause for hope, but here's where I disagree: None of it works.

I came up with an analogy that I think explains my impressions:

Imagine you find a box of model ariplane parts in an attic. There are no instructions but you can deduce how each individual piece fits into the whole. Once you start building, though, you realize that the box contains pieces from several different models. What you get in the end is The Spirit of St. Louis with the engines from a 747, B-17 gun bubbles, and the skids and rotors off a Huey. Each part is interesting, but the whole thing is a mess.

Splice is the same way. The story is complex, but doesn't fit the monster movie format. The drama is compelling, but is overshadowed by the visuals. The creature is cool, but acts way too human. The characters are diverse, but only serve to establish the allegory. Each theme is well worthwhile, but is constantly fighting against everything else.

Now you can tell me that's kinda the point, to "splice" together all those different themes into one movie, but then I'll tell you that only makes it a chore to watch.

I still think you're one of the best reviewers, but this wasn't your best review.

mindjazz said...

I have to call BS on this. Splice is a week watered down version of Species. You know that movie I know you were talking smack about way back then. I talked smack about it. But after seeing splice I honestly liked Species better.

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It's a shame -- there's a lot of enjoyment to be extracted from Splice, but it remains a Frankenstein's monster of piecemeal storytelling.

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Splice is most enjoyable when it embraces and revels in its science-experiment-gone-wrong cheeky horror persona.