Tuesday, July 5, 2011
"Splice" (2009):The Creator has a Master Plan?....Hmmm -not this one-I hope--- YIKES
by Jeffery Massey on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 6:59pm
Just finished watching...Absolutely creepy flick & it made my skin
crawl...Horror/Science fiction in the best tradition...Still shaking my
head at the presentation of this concept...CHILLINGLY disgusting on a
visceral level. Deeply disturbing treatment of human experimentation &
scientific investigator's bias in an ethical examination genetic's
industry research...Think of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation from the
ALIEN film dynasty.
Watching this movie, I felt somehow compelled to see it through the
scifi-aficionado lens of Mary Shelley's infamous mad-scientist i.e.
God-Complex from "Frankenstein." yet, one must remember that Splice had
a very dominant sexual tension with highly Freudian themes involved. In
many ways the film addressed Greek tragedy i.e.Oedipal Complex,
Shakespearean themes including death of parents at the hands of
offspring for supremacy of the bloodline/species. As well, there the
Ridley Scott "Alien" meta theme regarding the sexuality of consuming &
becoming consumed during the act of creation...e.g. Alien
Chest-burster, Face-Hugger of Geiger's design, original Alien ship as
female orifice being violated, etc.
Even the theme of human-bestiality e.g. Beauty & the Beast is
prevalent. Whew, this movie tackled a lot of ground & that may have
been its only downfall; as it often superficially delved into
scientific. moral, ethical & socio-philosophical questions raised by
such a profound topic. Good try anyway....Thumbs up & would love to see
a decent sequel...