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None October 27th, 2010

ef="">Splice," but don't make that decision based on the belief that it's just another horror movie with more ick than ideas. This picture is packed with thematic material and thought-provoking visuals, from the opening credits to the last shot.

Now, that's not to say the film is all somber contemplation of the themes on which it touches. Yes, the two lead scientists in the story violate ethics and the law, and end up creating a monster daughter, but the company they work for is Nucleic Exchange Research Development. Look again at those initials: N.E.R.D.

Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) "” as in Colin Clive and Elsa Lanchester, the two stars of "The Bride of Frankenstein" who weren't Boris Karloff "” splice together DNA of different animal species in an attempt to develop a super-protein that will cure everything from diabetes to diaper rash. We don't see them mixing in snake oil, but that doesn't mean they haven't tried it. Company CEO Joan Chorot (Simona Maicanescu) pays lip service to humanitarianism, blah blah blah, but her real concern is profits, and she puts pressure on her staff to deliver.

Just to see what will happen, Elsa adds some human female DNA to the formula, and the resultant creature looks like something from a Guillermo del Toro movie. Which shouldn't surprise us, as del Toro is one of this film's executive producers.

But as it ages, which it does at an accelerated rate, the thing begins to look more and more like a young woman from the waist up (Delphine Chan
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