102. Splice (2010) [Rated R for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language.]
summary from imdb.com:
Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism.
written/directed by: Vincenzo Natali
starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley
Abortion/Life Content: [will have to wait for the dvd release]
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD:
part of a review from Film School Rejects:
Splice is the story of two scientists, who are also involved with one another, hard at work trying to crack all manner of genetic codes. They are fusing the genetic material of various types of life in order to create an entirely new organism that can then produce valuable proteins used to fight diseases. The smitten biologists are confident that their work is on the right track until tragedy strikes at a convention and their parent company threatens to pull the plug. In desperation, they decide to cross the ethical point of no return and add human DNA to the mix. The result of their experiment is Dren, an amalgamation of several animals but predominantly exhibiting distinctly human features. Their excitement turns to horror when Dren displays erratic, violent behavior. Have they made the breakthrough of the century or a terrible, irreversible mistake?
I liked Splice a lot, and I feel I’m right on the cusp of loving it. For me, Splice represents exactly what Science-Fiction is supposed to be. There is a stigma, and perhaps at one point I held this same belief, that Sci-Fi is a juvenile, plastic genre that produces little more than spectacular effects and mindless fantasy. But great Sci-Fi takes a very tangible societal issue or question and uses technology to emphasize the universality and timelessness of those issues. The interesting thing about Splice is that it is less interested in examining the obvious moral quandary of cloning as it is the question of abortion. At the beginning of the film, our protagonists Clive (Adrien Brody) & Elsa (Sarah Polley) discuss the possibility of having a child and while he is strongly for the idea, she is staunchly opposed. The argument appears to placed on the back burner in the wake of Dren’s arrival, but if you listen closely to their conversations about what to do about Dren and how to handle the situation, they are echoing the conversations of a young couple struggling with the abortion decision; their actions and the shift in their relationship are also indicative of such a decision.
here’s a review snippet from Crash! Site:
Here’s another MAJOR SPOILER… As I kind of mentioned before, the Dren character rapes the Elsa character (Sarah Polley) at the very end of the film (and gets her pregnant). This seemed VERY ‘tacked on at the last minute’, as if they were trying to figure a way out of the film. They also added on what I presume to be an abortion ‘statement’. That’s what I was reading in the tea leaves, anyway. If they had wanted to really make this an abortion film (pro OR con), then the pregnancy thing needed to happen WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY earlier in the movie in order to ‘make your case’ as it were. Not that I care about seeing any movie about that topic. Just sayin’. Dropping it in at the very end wass for nothing but shock value.
part of a review by Lou Lumenick from the NY Post:
Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play a superstar geneticist couple who at one point debate abortion in Vincenzo Natali’s smart, scary — and at times very funny — horror movie “Splice.”
The fetus in question has been engineered from the genes of various animals — as well as Polley’s character, Elsa. Brody’s Clive, whose ethical concerns have been pushed away by his girlfriend, wants to destroy the hybrid embryo before it comes to term, as they previously agreed.
But her burgeoning maternal instincts prevail. Needless to say, keeping this particular baby turns out to be a huge mistake.
Half psychological thriller and half horror film, Splice, which stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, is a surprisingly smart film that explores issues surrounding bio-ethics, abortion, and parenthood through a modern-day Frankenstein story.