I watched this film last weekend and I have to say, it was good. No, I take that back, it was awesome. I can't say I was surprised of how great this movie was. With Sarah Polley (My Life Without Me, a favorite) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist, another favorite), this movie was worthwhile.
Brody and Polley play a couple (Clive and Elsa) who are scientists. The movie starts off with one of their creations being brought to life. Not too sure if life is the right word for whatever that was, but still. It looked like an over-sized tongue or maybe a brain, yeah definitely a brain. They wanted to reproduce these things for growth of livestock I believe.
Well come to find out their operation was going to get shut down so they decided to take matters into their own hands and create something different. This is where morals and the law really take a skydive.
They create this creature who is part human and part animal. This girl who they named Dren (Nerd backwards, which was also the acronym of their company). She starts of as a little girl and grows to a toddler in a matter of days. Since she grows at a rapid rate, they thought she will die soon, so why kill her?
Dren soon gets attached to both of Elsa and Clive. Elsa takes on a very motherly role towards Dren. Clive is very resilient at first (take that back, he did try to kill her) but soon gets attached to Dren (in more ways than one).
I must say, the trailer is a bit misleading. The trailer demonstrates this as a Sci-fi/Horror type deal, but the film did not feel like that really. Yes it is Sci-Fi, but it is what they have done that is truly horrific. Dren does come off scary, but she was not necessarily a killer (well minus the whole tail thing). She grows up and she wants to have a life. But of course they would not let her since she wasn't suppose to be.
Awkwardly enough, something strange happens to their original project (the gross looking brains). But they never noticed since they were so distracted with Dren. This is where Karma decides to peek in and raise some hell for everyone. So really, it is the last 15-20 minutes of the film where Horror comes into play.
This was a very intriguing movie. Not one second felt boring or drawn out. Adrien Brody is so captivating in this as he is in every movie he is in. I don't know what it is, but no matter if any of his movies are good or bad, he is always the person you focus on the most on. You especially feel bad for him in the movie since he was basically more whipped than a horse.
Sarah Polley was amazing as well. But her character was a little annoying. She was the ultimate control freak and did everything and anything to get her way. You get the tiniest glimpse of how her childhood was like and you can't really blame her. But she truly needed to back off a bit.
Overall, this movie called to my Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror induced heart and did not let go. It was just right amount of everything to me. Nothing wasn't overdone or underdone as far as I was concerned. I highly recommend watching this film if Sci-Fi is your genre or you just want to check out a great movie. Also let's not forget this movie is presented by Guillermo Del Toro. He is definitely no stranger to great Sci-fi/Fantasy movies. This is money well spent (and we know how rare that can be).
What are your opinions? Loved it? Hated it? Tell me what you thought?
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