Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Written by: Vincenzo Natali & Antoinette Terry Bryant
Starring: Adrian Brody, Sarah Poley, Delphine Chanéac, and Brandon McGibbon
In Splice, we begin our descent into the murky waters of the cloning issue by rising up, in first-mutant perspective, to see our creators. Through the murky blue-tint of the screen, we see doctors interacting much like they would on any of the countless hospital TV shows on air. It feels natural, and commonplace.
This is one of the important strengths of Vincenzo Natali’s unique film. It shows us the everyday lives of two doctors, Clive Nicoli (Adrian Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Poley), whose lives are anything but conventional, and then turns their respective worlds upside down. The camera does not hint at the abnormal life forms as in Alien. Rather, it blends the clone Dren (Delphine Chanéac) in with her creators.