This is a big weekend at the multiplex, with four new high-profile releases seeing the light of day. Leading the pack is Get Him To The Greek, the Russell Brand-Jonah Hill comedy I thought was a rude, crude (and successful) comedy aimed straight at the boys. Of course, the rock n rollers arent the only fresh faces on the big screen. Also out this week:
Splice: When will genetic scientists learn? Splice is Hollywoods latest take on mankinds reckless (but potentially hugely profitable) foray into messing with the building blocks of life, using it to spin a horrific tale of what happens when Mother Nature gets her hands on mans best intentions. Adiren Brody and Sarah Polley star as a couple of rock-star scientists who build designer organisms from which exciting medical cures can be derived. After hitting a roadblock while looking for a breakthrough, Polley adds some human DNA to her experimental cocktail, with the resulting animal/human hybrid turning out to be more of a handful then she anticipated. The creature is a marvelous invention of the filmmakers, who used a seamless mix of CGI and practical make-up effects to pull off a convincing character that combines aspects of mammals, birds and amphibians into an almost-plausible new species. Splice succeeds precisely because it (for the most part) stays away from being a blood-and-guts gross-out movie, instead focusing on the psychological terror of the truly off-putting. Canadian director Vincenzo Natali (Cube) keeps the pace brisk and the settings atmospheric, which combined with fine performances from Polley and Brody make Splice one of the better sci-fi/creature-features Ive seen in a while.