Vincenzo Natali can do no wrong. I’ve seen pretty much everything he’s done, including his 1997 short “Elevated”, and I’ve pretty much liked them all. Of course, his 1997 feature debut “Cube” was the best of the bunch, but “Nothing” with David Hewlett was pretty good, too. Natali’s latest is the sci-fi thriller “Splice”, one of three projects he’s currently working on, with “Uberman” and “High Rise” quite possibly getting released first.
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Clive and Elsa are superstars of the genetic engineering world. They specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create fantastical new hybrids. The charismatic couple wants to use human DNA in a new hybrid – something that could yield astronomical medical benefits. The pharmaceutical company that funds their research, however, is more interested in exploiting their earlier triumphs for easier, short-term profit. Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiment. The result is Dren: an amazing creature who exhibits an array of unexpected developments, both physical and intellectual. Dren exceeds their wildest dreams…and, ultimately, their most terrifying nightmare.
Natali simply has an eye for great cinematic visuals. If you have yet to see his low-budget breakthrough hit “Cube”, I highly recommend you run out and get a copy now. The ending is somewhat suspect, but the “getting there” is simply incredible.