Splice Directed by: Vincenzo Natali Starring: Sarah Polley, Adrien Brody, Delphine Chaneac Rating: NR Release Date: June 4, 2010
TRAILER SCORE: 4/10
MY THOUGHTS: It seems to be a good year for sci-fi fans which of course means, it’s a bad year for me. I thought I’d give this one a chance as a fan of Sarah Polley. No, seriously, I even liked Dawn of the Dead and that was mainly because of her. But this one, man, I just can’t forgive this one. The premise of two scientists in an ethical gray area with horrific consequences has been done before and to death at that. Even worse than that, I’m just throwing this out there, most movies that take place in one location over an extended period of time (The Strangers, Open Water, even Paranormal Activity) just flat out bore me. The single setting doesn’t create tension or a claustrophobic feel to it, it’s just annoying. That being said, I know some nitpickers out there are going to see “well, you can clearly see them outside in the trailer.” Yeah, I see them outside, thanks, but that doesn’t change the fact that the majority of the trailer takes place in the same cliché sterilized stainless steel “lab of the future.” The worst part comes in the form of the creation itself which looks like an Avatar reject combined with a naked mole rat. Still, I’m hoping that there might be some good kills in this one, but it looks like a Netflix Instant View kind of movie for me.