Splice Reviews: Is It the Sleeper Hit of the Summer?
Posted 06.03.10 by reelz
While most fans expected to next see Adrien Brody in the Predators reboot (opening July 9), he's starring opposite the criminally underused Sarah Polley in the sci-fi horror/thriller Splice. Making her Hollywood debut is Frenchwoman Delphine Chaneac, whose transformation from supermodel to deadly, winged humanoid-chimera should take the award for Best Special Effects (see image). Let's hope she's not typecast as a mutant freak!
With all this week's attention on Get Him to the Greek and Killers, Splice, in spite of its apparently lame ending, is quietly getting some of the best reviews of any movie so far this summer.
Watch the creepy trailer.
"...a cheeky, great-looking, thoughtfully loopy creature feature about the lure and dangers of cutting-edge gene splicing."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"...mortifyingly fascinating, and its spell lasts right up until the junk heap of a grand finale..."
— Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"...an eccentric and crafty new thriller..."
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"As the pic mutates from Frankenstein into Mommie Dearest, with a side order of Rosemary's Baby, viewers who can suspend their disbelief may find Splice an unexpectedly plausible portrait of a relationship in crisis — at least, before its pro forma action climax and ironic but derivative denouement."
— Justin Chang, Variety
"The script blends human psychology with scientific speculation and has genuine interest until it goes on autopilot with one of the chase scenes Hollywood now permits few films to end without."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times