Well, the name made me have to watch this movie. For those of you who don’t know, splicing is the joining, or rejoining of DNA, RNA or proteins. It is a technique genetic engineers use to modify the genetics of an organism. The genre also helped: “sci-fi horror” is something I’d pay 11,000 LBP to watch.
The movie stars a married couple of genetic engineers who have become international celebrities for their success in combining genomes of several organisms to form a brand new species. The ramifications of this breakthrough are just the first step for them though, and one thing leads to another and they end up adding human DNA to the concoction.
DREN is born and one twist after another, the fate of the couple, and humanity as a whole gets jeopardized.
The movie is ok, and the unexpected twists are entertaining. I guess I expected much more. It was a welcome change though to see the lab-geeks being the hero instead of muscly, IQless rambos or IQless old has-beens with a lot of gadgets that do the job for them. The ending redeems the moviemakers from any transgression against logic and credibility, with a signature horror movie ending.
Besides that though, the movie addressed how science can sometimes turn an expected ‘miracle’ into a ‘nightmare’. Honestly, I did not enjoy this message at all. Science already has enough constraints from silly religious and ethical insecurities, and scaring people with a genetically modified organism like that will only add to the negative sentiment towards the advancement of controversial fields of study, like genetics and cloning.