SPLICE (Vincenzo Natali)
If this isn't the scariest, most disturbing Sci Fi thriller of the year, then I don't know what is.
What's great about SPLICE is the moral debate between its two lead characters. Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody both play scientists on a quest to find cure for uncurable diseases through splicing various DNA.
That is just the tip of the iceberg.
When a sudden policy change of their mother company threatens to dispose their scientific pursuit, they do the unthinkable-splice human DNA. From the beginning they are at odds about this idea- Polley wants it, but Brody is imposing moral consequences.
As they have unexpectedly created a modern Frankenstein, both scientists are aghast.
Brody and Polley are in top form; Brody is convincing in his moral stance, whilst in almost every scene I wanted to slit Polley's throat for her ambition. Nevertheless, their characters are everything but one-sided. Polley is coming from a much deeper perspective that what if this could be the "Eureka!" moment they are waiting for?
Model Delphine Chaneac is equally sexy and scary as the spliced offspring, Dren. As the film plunges into Freudian territory, Chaneac provides a center that measures how far Brody and Polley will go to pursue their agenda- and what exactly is their agenda? As you'll find out later on they have different goals.
The twist ending may not be new in the genre, but it certainly works. Think of THE REAPING, but better and much more closer to fact. Throughout, the suspense is sustained, and I'd have to say this is one of Brody's finest performances, ranked alongside THE PIANIST.