Review

Harry says SPLICE is kinda a miracle... You'll have to read to find out why!

Published at: June 2, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST by headgeek

There are films that I see, that most of you out there have to wait for some obscure DVD release that you end up watching at home because the powers that be, just never get behind the film in question to a degree that would put the badass film in a theater near you. SPLICE is such a film. A delicate, crazed, wonderful, beautiful and warped film that we don't see in wide release any more. Mainstream horror & science fiction is generally these days a remake or a gore fest. One or the other. Smart horror... well, frankly it is usually relegated to being put out by MAGNOLIA these days. SPLICE languished for quite some time. It has Guillermo Del Toro's namebrand attached as producer, but even still... it wasn't seeing a release. The economy hurt it. The subject matter. A lot conspired against this fantastic film. But then at SUNDANCE this year - a buzz began. And Joel Silver saw it and lost his wondrously wacky mind for it. And he convinced WARNER BROS to get behind it... In a big way. SPLICE is going to be on more that 2,500 screens this weekend. A release on the same scale as the global abomination known as MARMADUKE, the lessor film KILLERS and the hysterical comedy GET HIM TO THE GREEK. That is, frankly, AMAZING. This is a type of horror that comes from Technology. Not really Science Fiction technology, the tech that exists right now. In fact, everything that is done in this film can and may be being done in labs in the dark corners of our planet. Genetic Hybrids are not fantasy, simply an eventuality. At some point, the world we live in could become different. Real different. It's a type of science fiction that we haven't really seen in films - the intelligent design of the future. I mean, who hasn't had night chills from thinking about CANADIAN SPIDER-GOATS and their bullet proof milk silk! Seriously - that's something that already exists in our world. Another aspect of this, is the quality of visual effects to bring something horribly beautiful to life. SPLICE is great at many levels. Just the Sarah Polley & Adrian Brody level of this film is great. I love modern geeky scientists that love anime, collect toys and a sense of style. I love seeing a real couple that I can imagine knowing. A modern young couple that have the kinds of discussions, excitement and frustration with authority that many of us have. And this very familiar couple - they happen to be a pair of the brightest genetic engineering types out there. Designing life, not from scratch like that completely designed and created cell the other day. YEESH! But more like a GLOWY KITTEN type of thing. They get excited about what they realize they can do, they're told not to do it, but conspire to do it. And the product is beautiful and scary. Now - Parents - this is horror that will have a sexual nature to it. Think vintage CRONENBERG. This is a film that's very subject matter raises questions and discussions. A horror film that hits you on a psyche level, an erotic level, an intellectual level and even a moral level. There's much in this film that I feel is strongly late teenager type of material. There is disturbing extreme imagery that is very adult. SPLICE is the sort of horror that I would like to see more of. The effects are perfect. Stunning work. Hypnotic and unforgettable. The topic is one ripe for discussion and exploitation. I found the story fascinating. At each stage I found myself wondering exactly where it was headed, then being surprised by where it went. This is a daring horror film, a tragic work of science fiction - and something that could absolutely begin happening real soon. Intelligent design is beginning to happen, exploring the concepts, the imagination of those possibilities will only lead, hopefully to a responsible use of those powers. SPLICE is intelligent compelling sci-fi horror. Something that frankly, I can't get enough of. Go see it this weekend. It is so amazing to see this released by a major studio. Reminds me of DISTRICT 9 that way. A lower budget independent science fiction taking on issues and making a compelling genre film. If that interests you at all, you should be at a theater this weekend.

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  • June 2, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Splice is actually old bio-engineering...

    by zinc_chameleon

    not the latest at all. The really cool hybridization is the integration of nanotechnology and neuroscience; we've already passed the stem-cell phase with induced pluripotent stem cells, and we used nanotech to guide the process. Google "nano neuro knitting" for a real example. Dren would be a longshot, but so what if you only got one viable zygote from 10,000?

  • June 2, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    uum...Asimov I seriously dont get how the hell

    by southafricanguy

    you compare Avatar to beastiality. That was two sapient, evolved alien beings that can talk, have a culture etc....I am amazed that you of all people lac that much imagination that you cant accept two non-human (who I assume evolved from a feline like species) leads in a film, and then equate them kissing as bestiality. So since we evolved from apes, are we commiting bestiality everytime we bonk? And you seriously found Zoe Saldana to be weird/disturbing looking? Personally I find it looks like the type of sci-fi/fantasy characters you would find in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine (a very cool think imho). Sometimes I seriously dont get you Asimov....

  • It is what is it popularly known as meaning...the (IMHO ridiculous) idea that a ghost in the sky explains everything in science that hocus pocus cannot. <p> In the context of Harry's um 'review' the correct term would have been 'Intelligence design'. Except he's a bufoon who tries to use big words...the dumb girlfriend as someone said..

  • June 2, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Actually Asimov old friend, I think you and I

    by southafricanguy

    have very different preferences when it comes to sci-fi. You seem to like "arty" low budget, and more cerebal/literary influenced sci-fi, while I love anime, heavy metal, classic pulp (john carter of Mars) type sci-fi. And while make no mistake I like my sci-fi to have a brain, I think heart is just as important. And I like my sci-fi to be exciting, and have really awsome action at the same time. Thats why while I love both Alien and Aliens, if I had to choose I would take Aliens. My favourite films are movies like ESB, TDK, Aliens, T2 etc....great ideas, damn well made, ambitious and imaginative, smart, etc...Im a greedy bastard basically, I want it all. And I like Avatar as the moderization of John Carter of Mars that it is, and I like District 9 for the fusion of robocop, alien Natin, and The Fly that it is. While I found Moon pretensious and dull frankly.....Splice looks far more interesting imho, and I will certainly be checking it out. I hope it lives up to all the positive word its been getting....

  • June 2, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Best Harry Review in a long while

    by OutsideChance

    To the point, explained why he liked the movie without giving too much away and largely devoid of aggrandizing asides.

  • June 2, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Adrien Brody is a genetic freak - His nose was engineered

    by BronsonTheSitcom

    in a lab: FACT

  • June 2, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    This is a great Harry Knowles review

    by BronsonTheSitcom

    Because he does go on incessantly about his self-involved self, about what he was doing that day, what kind of candy his nephew got at the concession counter, how he fell off the handicapped toilet at the cinemas, etc, etc.

  • June 2, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Saw it with Harry a couple weeks ago

    by End_Of_Line

    Just wanted to chime in. I really enjoyed the ambition, but was ultimately bored. Great premise, then drawn out and boring fir an hour, and then slightly woken up by the ending. The creatures are cool at first, but toddler Dren and grownup Dren aren't as interesting as the newborn freak. The best, tension filled scene is the birth of Dren, and that's been floating around the net for months. It's not a bad movie. It's just not a game changing miracle that Harrys review makes it to be. Harry gets excited, which I'd why I love him, but if you go into this expecting a film on the level of District 9 you will come away disapionted. However... I'd rather see more films with this kind of ambition than Saw 32 any day if the week.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I used to play Defense for the Canadian spider-goats

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    we almost made the finals<P>I'll be seeing this on the weekend because it has intrigued me ever since we saw those leaked posters like 7 years ago (or maybe it was only 2 but it feels like 7). Harry's review was of course very biased, he didn't talk about any of the films weaknesses or strenghts he basically just said how cool it would be if it happend in the real world. Harry, That is not a review! How was the acting, the pacing, the score, is there anything you disliked about the film (no film is perfect, there's always something a fanbvoy would change)<P>Dude, you've really just become a shell of the man you once were

  • June 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Why is this film about technology

    by mychuma

    Because it has current tech? I think that the tech doesn't attract the attention. I haven't seen the flick yet but maybe it's more a morality play.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    The ancient Romans and Greeks were a kinky bunch.

    by Chewtoy

    Don't over-intellectualize it. Other cultures aren't always afraid to mix sex in with their religion, and bawdiness in with their myths. Plus, when a culture progresses to the point of creating a lasting medium of expression, they tend to leave behind a lot of porn. Seriously, the sheer volume of ancient porn that's been unearthed is kind of stunning. <br><br>So yes, when Leda gets it on with a swan, it's really Zeus in disguise, but it's not like they didn't know that was bizarre and titillating. If that Bella character from Twilight gets fucked by the werewolf guy in dog form, it's still kinky as hell, whether he's actually the wolf personification of Taylor Lautner or not. It's just a question of how absolutely taboo the culture finds the subject matter. The Greeks and Romans knew that throwing some of that stuff into their myths would certainly keep the audience's attention.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I hope that Killers bombs big time so that Kutcher's ass can be kicked out of "A lists" when it comes to movies. It's wishful thinking on my part to hope the same for that cunt Heigl.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Most will see it as a rip off od Species

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I asume that was the geness, but it loks like it has something new to offer. I'll defnitely see it.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    "The Tech that exists right now..."

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Yeah, rright! All this supposedly advanced tech and we still can't cap a frickin' oil well. Still, gonna see this flick due to my weird attraction to Sarah Polley.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Arrest Mr. Spock's mom!

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    She's guilty of bestiality (according to AsimonLives)! She's no better than a crack-addicted, fat-assed Mexican bitch-ho doing 3 donkey shows a night! Call fuckin' Star Fleet fer chrissakes!

  • June 2, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Heigl is Mormon...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... so she'll eventually freak out, move to Utah, start wearing prairie dresses and living in an oversized plywood house with 30 "sister-wives" and farting out baby after baby.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    George W. Bush feared...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...an end to his daily cocaine supply (don't tell me muthafucka wasn't an abominable snowman, bitch would sniff and teeth-grind his way through every speech and public appearance) and, of course, his daddy.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Well actually, I'm a geneticist...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... and work in the labs of a major corporation doing exactly the same work as depicted in Splice. In our latest experiment, we spliced together human and jungle cat DNA (jaguar, leopard and several other species), creating a hybrid embryo or "chimera". Though plans were to immediately terminate the new lifeform, it matured very rapidly before the order to terminate could be given and grew into a creature that exactly resembled Jessica Alba with dark hair... nawww... just yankin' all ya'll's chains! HAH!

  • June 2, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Yeah looks like Species to me

    by holidill

    Sorry Harry looks like Species

  • June 2, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Want a good review from Harry? Mix sex, violence and monsters.

    by conspiracy

    Really...it is that simple.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    I don't care if Sf is a low budget or if it has a mega budget equivalent of small countries GUP. Tha tis now how i measure a SF. But i do like them when they have brains and good ideas to them. I mean, i defended the MATRIX mvies, the first and the sequels, and they are hardly small movies, are they? And i have defended AVATAR in all the things i think it does right. I have no proference about so-called arty over blockbuster. But i do have a preference about smart and honest SF over dumb and cynical exploitation.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    It's IMPOSSIBLE To Believe Anything Harry Says

    by LaserPants

    I'm not saying this movie is bad, it looks like it could be good, but since Harry is so totally bought and paid for with PR dollars, it's literally impossible to believe anything he says. I don't even blame him for being a shill, but I don't believe a word he says. We all just come here for the hilarious Thunderdome of the TBs. I trust what the TBers say (well, you know, the ones who aren't insane idiots) WAY more than I trust anything the site's authors say...

  • June 2, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    As for the wrongness of the romance in AVATAR, i tell you why: It's about two difference animal species. That rates is bestiality alright.<br><br> Humans are animals, right? And the Na'vi are presented as the top sentiment rational animals of Pandora too. Jake Scully might go around driving a avatar that looks like an Na'vi, but he himself is a human. In his mind he's a human. And it gets worst. Even if one would go with the "but he is no longer human, his consciousness left his human body and is now in an alien body, he's not human anymore argument" even that doesn't hold. Because, acording to the movie, ully's avatar is not a pure Na'vi, but a laboratory articifially constructed and grown thing that is neither human nor Na'vi. the movie speciaficlly told that the avatar was created with a splicing of human AND Na'vi DNA. The Avatar is both human and na'vi and neither. It's A COMPLETLY DIFFERENT THING. It's another species althogether, one created artificially by science. So, in eht end, regardless how you loot at it, it is still beastiality, it's still the romance about two creatures of different species. Opsy-daisy!

  • June 2, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    JayLenoTookMyJob

    by AsimovLives

    I was expecting for someone to come up with that stuff like you did. in your hurry to make a smart as quip, you fotgot some things that makes Star Trek different form Avatar. To wit:<br><br>until we know diferently from maybe the sequels, what we know is that humans and the Na'vi are two completly different species which evolved in two different planets in two different solar systems compeltly independet form one another, with no conact and thus, no genetic link whatsoever. Two completly different species.<br><br>In Star Trek, even from TOS, it is understood that all humanoid intelligent rational creatures in the galaxy have a common ancestancy spreaded through panspermia by a very ancient civilization. bascially, what this says is that all of the intelligent humanoids in Star trek are different variations of a same original species. Which means, humans, vulcans, klingons, etc, they are all sub variants of the same subspecies, genetically compatible, and whose morphological difference are just that, morphological differences conditined by the local conditions of the planets they were seeded on. Thuis, there's no bestiality going on between Spock's mommy and Spock's daddy. In Star Trek universe, the mix between those intelligent hominid beings is no more different then between a black and white on Earth. Savvy now?<br><br>What, you though i didn't thought this through? What you think you are, a Michael Bay fanboy or some shit like that?

  • June 2, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Or a JJ Abrams fanboy

    by AsimovLives

    which is almost the same shit.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by umbral_shadow_

    I agree with your points about Avatar. This is something I have also struggled with. If I were able to transfer my mind into a gorilla's body would I feel sexually attracted to a female gorilla? Not at all. So if I mated with the female gorilla that would be a form of beastiality. Absolutely. I believe Cameron did not think this through properly. Jake and Neytiri's relationship would have been far more believable had it been purely platonic.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Why the spoiler tag on this post?

    by fiester

    I was unable to find any spoilers in Harry vague and rambling love poem to this film.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    JARV, the living puke

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    That's you done Jarv. Show up and cry with your fucking lame Droid. You are the lowest piece of shit that ever came out of God's ass. DIE YOU FUCK.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    umbral_shadow

    by AsimovLives

    I go even futher and say that Sully and Neytiri's relationship should had been one of comradship. Neytiri's romantic relationship should had been with the Na'vi guy who was supposed to be the future leader.<br><br>I mean, remember the Charlton Heston's PLANET OF THE APES? Did Taylor ended up with Zira? No, Zira kept with Cornelus, and Taylor found his own human mate. As it should. Otherwise, it would just be... kinky!<br><br>But as you said it, just so people can understand why the romance between Sully and Neytiri is wrong, just replace the Na'vi with the apes of PLANET OF THE APES. See how much romantic that would be? It wouldn't, would it?<br><br>My major problem with AVATAR is how heavy handed loaded gun Cameron pre«sented the Na'vis in his movie. Make no mistake, i liked the movie, i think it's good. There's moment in it which are pure brillance. It's clearly a movie made with heart and it's clear that is the story that Caemron wanted to tell. That much is evident. But there's dramatic choices, and even design choices in AVATAR which, frankly, in all honesty, i can't agree with and feel as if Cameron dropped the ball.<br><br>This is why i like to compare AVATAR with DISTRICT 9 regarding the aliens. In AVATAR, Cameron made them deliberatly cute and nice and noble. The aliens in DISTRICT 9 are ugly, brutish, dumb and fisgusting. and yet by the end of the DISTRICT 9 i felt great sympathy for them and their flight, while i felt anoyed by the Na'vis in AVATAR. I was won over to the aleins of DISTRICT 9, while in AVATAR i felt constant bombardment of emotional manipulation to like the fuckers. And i resent that shit.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    by AsimovLives

    Don Murphy, is that you?

  • June 2, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Have you ever tried Canadian Spider Goat?

    by mojoman69

    if you roast it slowly, its delicious. Tastes like genetically engineered chicken!

  • June 2, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    fiester

    by Bouncy X

    yeah i was gonna say the same thing. maybe its because he hints at the sex stuff that the trailers dont let on too? i just recently saw an interview with Brody so i found out he fucks the creature there but yeah thats the only thing i can think of. lol

  • June 2, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    That is murphy

    by Lost Jarv

    Have you got over the fact that you made (an)other bad film?

  • June 2, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Asimov....you make some valid and certainly

    by southafricanguy

    interesting points. However I simply dont agree with you because I think you are wrong that Cameron did nt think it through. It s very clear in terms of the narrative, the designs (6 limbs, think about it), and numerous other things that Avatar is a medernization of John Carter of Mars. And as such Cameron needs an outsider (jake Sully/John Carter) to fall in love with an alien Princess. however since he has modernized JCOM, and is trying to take a classic pulp serial written in the 1920s/1930s he cant have said alien princess looking completely human ala Star Trek. It just does nt work for a modern audience, and frankly it would come across as silly. Thus imho, the reason for the whole Avatar body thing, and for the Na'vi to be so human like, while clearly not being humans at the same time. Furthermore, its also why there is a romance....because Jake Sully/Neytiri are John Carter/Deja Thoris. Its really not hard to understand. You may not agree with or like Camerons deceisions, but they are not due to a lack of thought. You can easily argue that Avatar is an absolute love letter to JCOM and that style of classic pulp sci-fi (also think Flash Gordon). Which is personally why I think it became such a phenom, because the source material its inspired from is great stuff, and if you modernize it to eliminate the things that have dated badly, or come across as silly now (aliens that look exactly like human beings) then its can appeal to almost anyone.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    And Asimov....dude Im right there with you re

    by southafricanguy

    garding the Matrix sequals. I think they are flawed, but very smart and insanely ambitious. I will never understand the hardcore hate for them.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Oh...and one last thing. I agree with you that

    by southafricanguy

    there is some degree of emotional manipulation in Avatar, however almost every film is guilty of that, and D9 isnt immune. The racist/Apartheid allegory isnt exactly subtle. And the villains in D9 are played just as broadly, and utterly despicable. Plus theres the alien kid, also one of the great emotion manipulators. Now I love D9 9have the awsome 2 disc DVD), but Im realistic about the "tricks" of film making, but I dont mind them as long as they actually work....

  • June 2, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Lost Jarv

    by AsimovLives

    Give him hell, man. Give him hell.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    He stalks me round the internets

    by Lost Jarv

    He's a fat weirdo.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    And being from Africa Asimov, and knowing

    by southafricanguy

    very well the effects of European colonization have had, as well as knowing about the atrocities commited by the Japanese in korea when they made Korea their colony, I do agree with and like the anti-imperial/anti-colonial message of Avatar. And its a big part of the reason imho why Avatar hit so massive internationally, because so many culture worldwide can relate to having their land invaded/stolen from them.....

  • June 2, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Donald

    by Lost Jarv

    My (actual) review hasn't been published yet. I look forward to your constructive and not at all cretinous rebuttal. Although I do suspect that outside of Harry that you're going to have your hands full.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Not to mention that you, you rude so-and-so,

    by Lost Jarv

    never replied to the email you begged me to send. <P>Shouldn't have even bothered setting up the account.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    The pontification regarding Avatar's romance is moot

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Considering geeks the world over fapped their peckers to a big blue alien. So if they found her attractive, Jake surely would - body transfer or no.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Have you seen Iron Man 2 Asimov? What

    by southafricanguy

    did you think? I have nt had the oppertunity to see it yet, but Im very interested in your opinion...

  • June 2, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Ah....Turd. Welcome to the conversation

    by southafricanguy

    brother. Hows it going dude? Always good to see you around here.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    i read the synopsis

    by iwontwin

    its pretty disturbing on many levels...almost approaching human centipede creepiness

  • June 2, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    You know Asimov....the funny thing is though

    by southafricanguy

    is that we are basically on the same page. I like Avatar (am very interested in the extended edition coming in November that will an extra 40 minutes),I think its good, but also flawed like you do, though for somewhat different reasons. For me Avatar feels like one big set up/build up for something bigger/better. I dont know why but I somehow feel Avatar 2 will be way better....though thats partly due to Cameron's great track record with sequals...

  • June 2, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    I never presume what audience might liek or not. If anything, i champion the notion that audiences deserve smart well developed movies. I find dumbing down pernecious and downright criminal.<br><br>I cannot use JOHN CARTER OF MARS as an excuse and justification for AVATAR. JOHN CARTER OF MARS is a literary influence, but that deons't mean that AVATAR has to be slavish about it. What worked in 1912 or whatever year the book was writen doesn't work today, scientifically speaking. What we know today of genetics and planetary science whatnot can't even be compared. Besides, JOHN CARTER OF MARS is sene today as a story of fantasy, not SF. It already was fantasy back when it was writen, anyway. Even bakc then when the book was writen there was certain things known about Mars which would defeat the stuff presented in the book. With AVATAR, Cameron wants to present a more scientifically accurate story. Which in many parts he suceeds.<br><br>Sinc ethis is Jame sCameron we are talking about, and we know he's a very smart guy and he does think things through, i don't think it was a lack of thinking about things that made the flaws in his movie. I think he though aobut the stuff, i think he might evne have agonized over them. but in teh end, he just went it with and hoped for the best. He made a leap of faith. I'm certain he though it thorugh. But i still cannot agree and truk with his choices. He made his choices, it is his responsability for take criticims from those, specially if they rub the wrong way or are poorly made and result in bad calls that distract the viewer from the narrative. Which happened to me with all the stuff i have said in previous posts.<br><br>Let me tell you this: you know what is may favorite part of AVATAR? All the earlier stuff in the movie until we meet the Na«vi. until then, i fell nothing but complete enthrallement and awe for the movie. But as soon the Na'vi shows up, the movie falls for me. It stops being a great movie and becames an interesting but deeply flawed one. I still like it, but it could had been so much better. It got THIS CLOSE!

  • June 2, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    D9 cheated

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Proponents of the film say it presented ugly looking aliens yet through skillful storytelling managed to make the audience empathize with them. Well, no - Christopher and his son might have been giant prawns but both were given big, emotive Bambi eyes in order to get the audience to empathize with them. Even the filmmakers admitted they cheated in this regard. If they had given them insect like eyes it would have been a different story. So it's no less emotionally 'manipulative' than Avatar, and in fact matters more in the case of D9, since the whole theme of the film revolved around identifying with these 'others' who had at first appeared ugly. That's not really a component of Avatar's themes in such an overt way in the first place so the humanising of the Na'vi through their designs is a far less relevant issue there (not to mention the fact that Cameron mentioned in an interview somewhere that there are reasons for this *spoiler*<p>That the Na'vi are the result of genetic experiments by humans or the seeding of other planet with human-like DNA. Something of that order, which will surely come into play in the sequels. But there are in-universe reasons why they look as they do.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    this isn't even a review. its a sales pitch

    by akkosa

    a review would tell me about the details, the elements. Not "go see it"

  • June 2, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Unfortunately those 40 mins won't be completed to finished effects standards. I think only 6 minutes are being added to that effect. There will be another much longer cut with only pre-viz level of CG for the added sequences. They say they have no money to finish it fully (as if!). I wish they would -I think it would be as big a revelation as The Abyss special edition.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Ironic that this film is about ethics

    by akkosa

    the most unethical thing a movie reviewer can say is "go see it." Fuck you.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    How can a goat have sex with a spider?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    do they have really tiny goats in Canada...or really giant spiders?

  • June 2, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy, also regarding The Matrix sequels

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    There is a case of a massively blown opportunity. I hope Cameron will not follow suit, and by his past record I very much doubt it. But The Matrix sequels are just pretentious - the Wachowskis seemed to forget what worked in the original and did everything wrong and the completel opposite of the core strengths of Marix 1's story. Almost as blown an opportunity as Indy 4! Well, not quite - Matrix 2 and 3 had a few good action sequences. Crystal Skull had none.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I thought this was that shit eating centipede thing

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    The euro queer fantasy movie

  • June 2, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Matrix

    by TheNewDirector

    The reason why ( I believe ) the sequels weren't as highly regarded as the first is because in the first The Matrix had special effects that no one had even seen before, throw in a great pseudo reality idea such as the "humans are battery's" theme and it easy to see why it is an awesome movie. The sequels just couldn't fulfill or expand on the idea. (or the a mainstream audiences didn't get the religious and philosophical ideas)

  • June 2, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Arkhaminmate001

    by Lost Jarv

    It isn't. It's terrible. I saw it in the UK a while ago. Lower your expectations and it may pass. I doubt it, but it may.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    But District 9 wasn't intelligent...

    by JacksParasites

    It was about 2-dimensional, evil villains willing to devote vast time and resources to discover how to use weapons weaken the weapons they already had draped around a cliche and pedestrian racism metaphor theme that co-opted the verite style for no reason whatsoever other than to look more "artsy." The greatest mystery of that movie is why nobody commented on the fact that the cameraman within the film would exist and cease to exist randomly throughout the film.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    It's udneniable that the kid alien in DISTRICT 9 is there for the cute factor. But even with that, i didn't felt any real manipulation. There's even a dramtic fuctionto the kid alien, in that Wilkus, for all his flaults, he actually seems to care for the aliens (or at least bothers to understand them), and specially the kids. So, i saw no prblem with the cute factor of the alien kid in DISTRICT 9. AVATAR, however, is another matter. It's complete emotional manipulation, and it's forceful too. and i resent all that kind of thing from any movie. It's one thing to get an emotional response from the audiences, it's another to manipulate them with trickery. In Cameron's defense, i see nothing truly cynical in what he does, but it's too forceful, to hammering in the head, it's too loaded and one sided.<br><br>What i though of IRON MAN 2? I liked it as much as i did the first movie. I think it's as good as the first one. And i liked the first one. And the extreme negative reactions against the movie puzzles me. They do not match at all the movie i saw.<br><br>As a portuguese, well, it means i belong to one of the european powers which colonized Africa and, in futher centuries before, South America. I can boast that my country never went to the same extremes that other colonial powers in Africa wetn, like France, England or Belgium. Still, we were forienger colonists, and we did our share. And my country was the last colonial power to let go of our former colonies in Africa, and it took a revolutiuon in our own homeland to push it. So, the anti-colinialism message in AVATAR is strong in here as well. Maybe even more so, because of historical circunstances. I mean,a s a south african yourself you must know that most of the portuguese immigrants in your country came from portugueses who lived in Angola and Mozambique, after those countries gained independence. they are a portature of the colonial years of my country in Africa.<br><br>And truly, who can argue against the anti-colonialism message from the movie? The problem with AVATAR is not the message, but how it delivers it. And maybe it wouldn't work as a vast audience movie for super-mass consuption, but i do think that the kvoei could had benefited with a bit more shades of grey here and there. specially about the Na'vi. They are just so saintly angelic. Even THE THIN RED LINE, which is a poem to the wodners of nature and the peopleo closer to it versus the destruction of war, still mannaged to show a bit more of the dark side of the tribal life then AVATAR could even dare. We are heard of the Na'vis as agressive only from the mouth of Quiddich himself, but that character is just pure villanry. What he thinks and says is suspect. The movie doesn't even bother to give him shades of grey, to have him present his side of the matters as if he hadlegit reasons to think and act like he does, to share his own truth. So, inthe movie, the Na'vi are pure saintlyhood. And i resent that. It's too cute. It's too manipulative. It's too one-sided. I mean, it's just too much ballanced for one side, without an ocasional counterweight. It's just too much for me, if you know what i mean.<br><br>There is validity in what you say that you think that AVATAR is more of a start of things to come movie, then a complete one. Well, Cameron himself have said his ambition was to make movie movies set in that universe. The movie certainly is designed to allow easy possibility of sequels and the coming of bigger, and maybe even better things. Still, if those never materialise, AVATAR also workes as a stand alone movie. It does fill most of the beats of the Hero Jorney, and by the end of the movie Sully is transformers, quite literally, from the person he was before at the start. If the sequels never happen, AVATAR will always be a complete movie, but a flawed one at that. There's no going against that. The real question here is, does those flaws are one of the things responsible for why AVATAR was the sucess it was? Or not? And who can really say for sure?

  • June 2, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    JacksParasites

    by AsimovLives

    Saying that DISTRICT 9 is not an intelligent movie is not one of the most intelligent thing i have read in here.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Lost Jarv

    by AsimovLives

    I feel like i own you a beer for the way you have pissed off Don Murphy. Name the brand, it's on me.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Speaking of drinks, i'm jsut enjoying a Southern Confort

    by AsimovLives

    and that is one sweet drink. Good job, americans!

  • June 2, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    FYI, no one created a cell from scratch

    by smackfu

    That has not happened yet. What they actually did, was synthesize DNA in a lab and insert it into an existing cell. No cell from scratch. Sorry, that's still scifi for now. As far as this movie goes, it looks barely interesting, but then again, I remember thinking the same thing about a bunch of girls fending off albino monsters in a cave.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    On the other hand - way off topic

    by 300 monkeys

    I always enjoy telling people that the back story of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is more or less 100% true. A consortium of oil companies and automobile manufacturers DID buy out the Los Angeles red cars, dismantled one of the country's best public transportation systems, and started seeling everyone on the idea that they had to have a car. That's right, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is a fact-based film. Then people look at me funny.

  • June 2, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    300 monkeys

    by AsimovLives

    Now that's funny.

  • June 2, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    cyrenaic: calm down

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    I have not seen the film, and it is early yet, but calling out Harry for liking a movie that "every other reviewer has trashed" just means you read very selective reviews. Rotten Tomatoes shows 17 out of 21 reviews POSITIVE (81%). So that will likely move, but Harry is far from shilling a movie that the mainstream hates.

  • June 2, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    D9 Started Out Good, Then Got Really Lame Really Fast

    by LaserPants

    Great political allegory premise in the first 10 minutes that's all but completely abandoned in favor of a totally nonsensical and more than a little retarded action movie plot. If only it had the courage to follow through on the premise like Children of Men did.<br><br>Other than that, the only think notable about it is that they managed to do alot with a modest budget.

  • June 2, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    JARV, the living puke

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    He fumbles as Entertainment Weekly gives it an A. He is shocked that every review is positive. He cries because he has blood in his poo. His mother hates him.

  • June 2, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Asimovlives hates everything but D9.

    by RPLocke

    He even slams Lord of the Rings.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    One of the few films I have been looking forward to

    by SoylentMean

    I will be there the first showing on Friday. I hope this movie does well enough that we see more studios taking a chance on releasing stuff like this wide. You know, taking a gamble.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    rapes a plenty

    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    yep, there is a big ol violent rape thrown down in this bitch. also, other fucking of monster and man.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    by ghost_of_eggsalad

    EW is owned by Warner Bros who just happens to be releasing this film. I want to cum in your beard.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    lord of the rings SUCKED to me

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    gay hobbits and a eyeball as the villain.... really?

  • June 2, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    spoilers please?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    can someone actually review this movie? preferably a nonplant/ sell out

  • June 2, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Then why are the trailers so GOD AWFUL

    by Viewer 3

    If this movie was even remotely interesting/entertaining/thought provoking, then why do the trailers make it look like you'd have to be a 12 year old to fall for some of the stupid looking gags and shoddy concepts?<p><p>"Erotic"? Really? Do you REALLY think those things were put in there to actually serve the story and have real purpose that remotely makes sense? Of course not. It was put there to "sex things up" to sell it to the youngsters. Just like every other movie these days. <p><P>I predict this movie will be true horror, all right. As in truly horrible.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Avatar

    by MandrakeRoot

    I'm just not buying the argument. As a human, I found Neytiri pretty attractive - and I know for a fact many others did. There's no reason Jake wouldn't be attracted to her, especially since the only time he's with her he's a Na'vi (more or less). Jake obviously relished his life as an avatar on Pandora - he finally gets use of his legs, he gets to turn his dreams of flying into reality, etc. The deterioration his human body went through was quite evident - he pretty much stopped caring, not even taking the time to eat. Jakes mental transition and blossoming love for Pandora/Neytiri is clear as day. Now that we understand Jake prefers life as a Na'vi - it only makes sense for him to choose Neytiri, who he's already got a strong bond with. Even if in his human mind he still longed for a human love interest, to follow through on that he would have to revert back to being a human and give up the life he loved. That, IMO would be way more out of character and unbelievable then a human in Na'vi form falling for a Na'vi. <p> I also fail to see how emotions were manipulated. The romance was developed well, and the characters were rather likable. Thats why the confrontations between Neytiri/Quaritch and Jake/Quaritch at the end were so tense - because the danger felt real and we wanted them to survice (well, at least I did). Considering we pretty much knew the main characters would live (like most blockbusters), that's pretty impressive.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    by just pillow talk

    You're such a sensitive drippy little whore. Man up and admit the movies you are involved in blow.<p>P.S. Your wife hates you.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Detso_Ritter

    "disturbing looking big blue half-cat/half human creature that was the female leading character of AVATAR" <p> You are totally gay, dude.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    It's only rated 14A in Canada.

    by ShogunMaster

    But we were always more mature than americans anyway..

  • June 2, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    It's odd how extreme voilence is ok, but sex is bad for teens

    by BigTuna

    And Harry falls into that group as well. I never understood it. See as many people dismembered as possible, but gosh, no sexuality!

  • June 2, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Aww shucks!

    by TheJake

    ...And I was gonna take my 5 year old to go see this until I read your parental advisory, Harry. Thanks big fella, you saved me from another visit from Child Protective Services... whew!!

  • June 2, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    My mother's dead, you rude cunt

    by Lost Jarv

    What the fuck is wrong with you?

  • June 2, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Don Murphy Fucks Coconuts..and thinks your children should as we

    by Megan_Foxs_Tool_Box

    Listen guys, picking on Harold is too easy. <p> Apparently, the movie is so unspeakably shitty that it makes Pandorum look like Blade Runner. <p> Harold is in his Own Private Idaho about this particular motion picture, but the real villian is this Don Murphy shitstain. <p> Murph, this "edgy" picture sucks. <p> No amount of internet chicanery is going to erase this fact-which I predict is going to bomb like that turd you dropped last night after closing down Sizzler. <p> Yes, it is understood that you have to pimp your wares like a Brazilian transgender hooker, but ultimately your failed attempts at being hip aren't going to convince anybody before the fact that this investment was a colossal financial miscalculation on your part. <p> BTW, choke on a bag of dicks and asphysiate. <p> You've got one shot at a time, and boy howdy did you miss this time. <p> Bitch.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    lol pandorum did suck

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    fell asleep on it, woke up and theyre underwater... wtf

  • June 2, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    EW? That's like an endorsement from Heat

    by Lost Jarv

    or any other supermarket tabloid. Didn't they give Twilight 4 stars. <P>Oh, only kidding a minute ago. But she could be, whereas I happen to know for a fact that your wife is alive and gargles with bleach every time she so much as sees you step out of the shower. <P>Well, I say step out, but I really mean "every time the crane from the zoo hauls you out".

  • June 2, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I hate the way Harry writes

    by blue_dog

    I hate the way he repeats the same sentence intro for dramatic effect. I hate the way he starts every other sentence with the letter "I" and then , just when you think he's dropped the repeating clause, he comes back around with it to close the loop. I hate the ever-loving shit out of that. And what about his repetitive hyperbole? Each article he writes is the most hyperbolic thing I've ever read in my life, the single greatest example of hyperbole since Spielberg redifined cinema with the most fantastical thing he'd ever experienced that hour. Oh yeah: the never ending flashbacks. When I read Harry's writing, it reminds me of when I was 6 and sucked off the guy who played Chewbacca. It was the great load I'd ever swallowed, the greatest load any human had ever swallowed, the single greatest load ever busted on a six-year old's tongue since jesus blew his load on Harry's dad's tongue. Please, Harry, stop that shit.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Pandorum IS better than Splice

    by Lost Jarv

    Fatass can't accept it.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Is there any cat violence in this film? Or dogs?

    by smackfu

    Harry didn't mention it, and I'd like to know before I bring my cat.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    And I guarantee that there will be plenty of bad reviews

    by Lost Jarv

    for this shit come the weekend.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Not as scary as my Canadian Goat-Spiders

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    Fuckers will paralyze you before ramming you in the balls with their horns. Ever hear a 120lb spider bleat? Haunting.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Really? The trailers are painful

    by MattmanReturns

    It looks really cheesy. I'm skeptical, especially after that glowing Nightmare on Elm Street review.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    "lord of the rings SUCKED to me"

    by MattmanReturns

    Are you a chick?

  • June 2, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Splice reminds me of a soft drink.

    by RPLocke

  • June 2, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Orange Splice

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

  • June 2, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    na matt... dick is prob bigger than yours

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    first off, im an 80s babies meanin i didnt read it... sec, i think fantasy is usually gay... third, it was borin... fourth no real tension... fifth, im not that much of a geek (not even a SW fan)... sixth the big bad is a eyeball? wtf and gtfohwtbs... seventh, sooo borin... i admit, shot nice and had a good battle scene, but thats it...

  • June 2, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Avatar

    by Zombieflicker

    I'm all for banging hot alien chicks. Blue, Green, Orange, Whatever. Kirk did it! Beastiality? Really?!?

  • June 2, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    i had a friend who said NALA was sexy

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    esp when she was on her back, and looked up at Simba... but i cant judge... ill do girl bunny from Spacejam

  • June 2, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Only chicks hate Lord of the Rings

    by MattmanReturns

    So, I'm thinking you had an operation. Sounds like it was a good one too, given the size. (I kid, of course). And Nala IS kinda hot. I've got issues.

  • June 2, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    to quote Half Baked matt

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    "Yep... im a huge dyke"...

  • June 2, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Rodney McKay hat have you done?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    lol

  • June 2, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by AsimovLives

    Prove your claim or fuck off.

  • June 2, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Detso_Ritter

    by AsimovLives

    And you are into bestiality. Fucking pervert!

  • June 2, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Very jazzed for this.

    by blackwood

    Happy to hear good buzz.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Asslives: Goat's Rectum Tester.

    by Sal_Bando

    Almada's very own. This movie gets Two Goat Hooves up-on the Almada Scale. It also gets a bucket of goat dung and a Trekkie Red Shirt for everyone's fave Abrams fan-boy from Almada. Yes indeedie. <p> Murphy. You make shite movies. You made another one. You are-again, the guy who was able to single-handedly drive Sean Connery outta the biz w/ LXG. Way. To. Fucking. Go. Clownshoes.<p> And now-back to your blow.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for Serbian Centipede Splice

    by NippleEffect

    fap fap fap

  • June 2, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    "a tragic work of science fiction"

    by TedKordLives

    Harry, you DO realize that that statement makes it sound like it's a bad film, right?

  • June 2, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE WAS SH*T -Do not buy into Harry's review

    by TheMovieTruth

    DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. It was absolute sh*t. You will laugh during this film at the Dren character. The sex scene is so stupid, you can not help but to laugh. You will not be in horror, shock, or awe, well you may be in shock if you paid to see it. The movie is so bad you will laugh it out of the theater. Brody and Polley are suppose to be genetict scientist but they drive an old Gremlin. Give me a break. I had to sit through two screenings of this pile of sh*t. No one liked it. NO ONE. Resist your urge to see this. Wait one week to see the response from other unfortunate souls who will suffer through this film.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    TheMovieTruth--- ill splice you

    by DioxholsterReturns

  • June 2, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Harry, you've lost your mind

    by wes

    You cannot put this in the same league as The Fly or District 9! I agree that it's definitely a marvel that it's being widely released, presumably to fill an empty horror slate, but this isn't even a horror film! It's a sci-fi drama with the dialogue and character development of a horror film. (read: that's bad.) The moments of suspense and tension were largely laughed at by the audience, and I'm sure the last thing you want your "thrilling" sci-fi film to evoke is mockery. It wasn't a good movie!! Harry, I have a lot of respect for what you've built, but it's hard to trust your "journalistic" opinion if you can't deride films that you screen for studios & directors. There's certainly worthy theme and subject matter to discuss in "Splice", but you could say the same of any campy Tuesday night SyFy film. I know you consider a lot of these guys your friends, but the mark of a true friend is honesty. The only way that I could've enjoyed this is as a random viewing on HBO without any expectations, but not worth one red cent to see on the big screen.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Hold the phone...

    by ThereWolf

    Did Asimov offer to buy Lost Jarv a pint?<p>What next? Cats & dogs living together, mass hysteria...

  • June 2, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Harry thinks Bad Boys 2 is a sublime masterpiece...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    You couldn't make this guy up.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    harry liked Bad Boys 2???/????????

    by DioxholsterReturns

    what? im in disbelief.

  • June 2, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    "Hysterical comedy GET HIM TO THE GREEK"

    by kolchak

    Oh, come off it Harry.

  • June 2, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    So far 2 haters today told me to Fuck Off

    by RPLocke

    That's a new record for me.

  • June 2, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Yeah they've been bombarding TV

    by Series7

    With spots for this since like April, and still no one cares. Reminds me of Pandorum, except Pandorum was a pretty decent film. Screw this movie go rent Cypher instead.

  • June 2, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    i liked BB2

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    though very long and harder r (dead titties?)

  • June 2, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Again with the trolling, Don Murphy?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Good lord, don't you have your own funeral to arrange?

  • June 2, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    HARRY KNOWLES + OPRAH WINFREY + KATHY BATES

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    = HUMAN CENTIPEDE II

  • June 2, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Australian release

    by Brick_Walker

    Is this gonna get a theatrical release in Australia?? Can anybody help me out with some info??

  • June 2, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    BTW, this movie is terrible!

    by BigTuna

    I don't know what Harry is smoking, but it's just very dull. I like Polley a lot, but none of the suspense worked. The "Creature" effects are indeed solid, but that's it.

  • June 2, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Just watched Pandorum the other day.

    by TedKordLives

    Not a bad little movie. Can't see it working as a trilogy, but it wasn't terrible or anything.

  • June 2, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Don't worry, Big Tuna.

    by TedKordLives

    I don't think anyone's falling for it.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    As much as I love CUBE...

    by TedKordLives

    ...It would take a miracle to get me to pay for this. <P> See what I did there?

  • June 2, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    The Matrix Sequels

    by OBESE_WAN_KENOBI

    I've always said that the reason the Matrix sequels sucked so bad, is that the Wachowskis never intended on making it a trilogy. The Matrix was a surprise success and probably was only planned as being one movie. But when it became a hit the studio probably asked if they had ideas for a sequel, they were like "oh yeah, we've got a whole trilogy planned out". And its quite obvious they didn't have a clue what they were doing.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    this review told me nothing

    by Logan_1973

    how about some structure. christ the writing looks like a shotgun blast.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Harry's reviews

    by cwlakers34

    Sometimes Harry can give a bloated review but which of us would do any different? His geekness sets him up for those types of reviews but this one actually is quite truncated and very nicely written. I'm definitely excited for this one. Some non-traditional horror wreaking its havoc upon the moviegoing public always gets me amped up

  • June 2, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    tedkord

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    watched it sun but fell asleep... where did "they" come from? i liked the actual pandorum but not movie

  • June 2, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    AssholeSlime is a pretentious fuckwad

    by quantize

    we all get it..nobody cares except the stupid enough to mutually masturbate you.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Screened the trailer--

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Extremely derivative. Think THE BROOD for openers. And, Harry, your first (overly voluminous) sentence is a confection of grammatical and punctuation errors ("film" is belabored no less than 3x). As for B-movies (love 'em), it's a pity that Stuart Gordon never realized his own RE-ANIMATOR sequel (a zombie as the U.S. president; apparently, reality imitates art).

  • June 2, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Dren gets stabbed wit a pole?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    if so, commercials ruined the end again?

  • June 2, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    fuck, Harry! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

    by moviemenace

    Your little push goes way too deep into the details of the film and might ruin it for your readers. Now your readers are going anticipate plot details. Watched a free screening yesterday and the surprises are part of the fun. Way to go. *asshole*

  • June 3, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Talkbackers

    by nukeboy1970

    are real fucktards sometimes. Like saying there is something wrong with outlawing animal-human hybrids. I am very pro-science, but can you tell me one reason why we should do this?

  • June 3, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    I'd fuck Dren.

    by Cap'n Jack

    no question.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Dren is the sexiest hybrid tomboy beanpole

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    That french chick is sexy.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Cube

    by MorganLeafy

    what a clichéd and boring piece of shit that was !!!! I rented it thinking it would be the coolest thing ever, but once again the hype was totally uncalled for. As I imagine it will be for this movie.

  • June 3, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    No, just no

    by CaseyMcCall

    Sorry, Harry, this is going to bomb.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST

    http://www.bridalpapa.com

    by xufeidi

    http://www.bridalpapa.com

  • June 3, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    DreadPirateRoberts: Look again, dumb ass.

    by cyrenaic

    Your precious Rotten Tomatoes listing has been updated to 18 out of 30 POSITIVE (not 17 out of 21). So doing some basic math, that means 9 reviews were added, and 8 of those were negative. Looks like the numbers are swinging in my direction, smart guy. Perhaps you should remember that there are places to get reviews other than RT. Oh, and stop licking Harry's asshole; it's disgusting.

  • June 3, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    quantize

    by AsimovLives

    Pretentious fuckward? You should know all about it, you wrote the manual.

  • June 3, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Sal_Bando

    by AsimovLives

    Don't project unto me your dream job.

  • June 3, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    ThereWolf

    by AsimovLives

    Lost Jarv did mannaged to piss off Don Murphy. And anybody who does that gets a free beer from me.

  • June 3, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    OBESE_WAN_KENOBI

    by AsimovLives

    Quite the contray. Just because you don't understand what's being said in the Matrix Sequels doesn't mean the Warschoski Brothers didn't. Oh, they did. They did very well. Don't project what you don't know unto the movies.

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  • June 3, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Matrix

    by rogueleader66

    Glad I am not the only one who liked all three. I don't understand the hate for them either, deep seeded hate in some cases. <P>Ok so they were not the breath of fresh air that the original was, how could it be? It was a small story (the first film) that became and epic one, is that what pisses people off? The fact that Neo and Morpheus and the rest of the crew were not the only ones in this war, that it became less about them and more about the struggle of the entire remaining human race? I can see why that would upset people, but the deep seeded hate is something I just don't understand.

  • June 3, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Southafricanguy

    by rogueleader66

    I keep missing you in these TB's, how are you? Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.<P>Go see Iron Man 2 dude, it's totally worth it, don't buy the bullshit the haters are spewing out, it's just as good as the first. In fact it's almost as if the first and second are one long ass movie.

  • June 3, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    What rogueleader66 said.

  • June 3, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    It's the morning of June 3 and...

    by zinc_chameleon

    Splice is 67% fresh with top critics, and 64% with hoi philoi. Also, many of the negative reviews I've read were repulsed by the subject matter; that's a good thing, not a bad thing.

  • June 3, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Rougeleader......hey dude, whats up? Things

    by southafricanguy

    are good in my neck of the woods. Summer has officially started here in Korea, and damn its getting hot/humid fast. But all that means is lots of Hot Korean women is short, tight clothes....My eyeballs seriously get a good workout every day lol. Hows things in New York Rouge? Good to hear about IM2, was almost begining to think it must suck after all the negative reactions......

  • June 3, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Asimov....dude, I get where you are coming

    by southafricanguy

    from, but the flaws you peak of regarding Avatar are subjective ultimatly as those things did not bother (Cameron has never really been a subtle film maker), and as I said District 9 was no less subltle with its portrayals of human racists, and what many considered a highly offensive and stereotypical portrayal of Nigerians. My issue was more with how simplistic the narrative was. But really Asimov, as long as Cameron delivers a more complex narrative in the sequal, and provides those extra shades of gray ala A new hope to Empire Strikes Back then I will be happy.

  • June 3, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Southafricanguy

    by rogueleader66

    Things in NY are good as well, summer started here as well and it's getting hot here too but like you, I look forward to the feast my eyes will be getting LOL.<P>Like I said don't buy into the negative bullshit with IM2, it's a damn good film, people just don't know how to enjoy things anymore, i cant remember the last time on this site that anything was universally praised, people just love to bitch.<P>On a lighter note, my sons did great in little league this year, my older boy is heading to the playoffs second year in a row, and my younger son while he was on a crappy team, he did very well and was voted as an all star, so it's been a good year for them, and my daughter who has been dancing for about 6 years now is joining her first competition dance company at her dance school, so I am definitely one proud father right now! Good to see you back here.

  • June 3, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    And Asimov I am really curious about the

    by southafricanguy

    missing 40 minutes from Avatar. Should be very interesting to see at the end of this year. I wonder if it will be like the Abyss theatrical versus the Abyss directors cut? You can certainly see some very interesting looking scenes during the making of Avatar that were not in the film....

  • June 3, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Rouge....glad me and Asimov are nt the only

    by southafricanguy

    ones who like the Matrix sequals. And what Asimov said, the W bros clearly knew exactly what they were doing, its just too bad most of their audience elected to not follow where they chose to go with the Matrix....

  • June 3, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    But then I also really liked the chronicles of

    by southafricanguy

    Riddick, and im so happy we are getting a third Riddick film...

  • June 3, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Awsome Rouge...glad to hear that about your

    by southafricanguy

    fam. Me and my Korean gf are very serious, but we have nt taken the plunge to have kids yet, so I cant really relate yet, but I hope to in the future. Looking forward to creating my own sci-fi/film dorks, only cool lol...

  • June 3, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    BTW Rouge.....what are your thoughts on the

    by southafricanguy

    Cap and Thor costumes? Persoanlly I think Captain America is looking fucking awsome, but i have to be honest, that Thor costume looks gayer than Rob Halford in black Leather.....

  • June 3, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Southafricanguy

    by rogueleader66

    Kids are great dude, mine are shaping up to be good little geeks. Of course being children they are a bit less demanding than we as adults are, but it's all good. I make it a point to show them films I grew up loving and guess what? They love them as well. Star Wars nuts? Check, and thats what I love most lol.<P>You will see when you have your own, nothing like being a parent it's the hardest job you will ever love. When my son won the little league championship last year, I cant even describe the feeling I had, a sense of pride so great it brings you to tears, like when my fiance came over to me as they were celebrating on the pitchers mound and said "That's your boy" pure joy bro, nothing better.

  • June 3, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Rouge...sounds awsome man. Yeah, as I ve

    by southafricanguy

    gotten older I have really started to want kids more and more. Im sure its a damn tough job, but as you say very rewarding. Glad to hear yours are all doing well...

  • June 3, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Southafricanguy

    by rogueleader66

    Thanks man. Yea like I said, tough, but kids can give a joy like nothing else can, hope you get some of your own someday.<P>Oh, I should mention, regarding my kids being geeks, my daughters favorite movie? Avatar.

  • June 3, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Lol Rouge......Yeah, its interesting how much

    by southafricanguy

    girls really dig Avatar, though I notice that a lot of young kids really do regardless of being boys or girls. I imagine it has fired many young imaginations as SW did back in the day. Its going to be interesting to see if Avatar can be generational, though I think that will depend heavily on the sequals, and their quality imho....After all look how the negative reaction to the Matrix sequals pretty much ruined the Matrix as a force in pop culture...

  • June 3, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I hated this movie when it was Species 2

    by aceattorney

    I'll wait for the DVD.

  • June 3, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Yea I hear ya SAG

    by rogueleader66

    My boys really dug Avatar as well, but I was amazed at how much my daughter loved it. I think you are right though, the sequels will be the true test of if they can be generational like SW is.<P>I still will never understand the Matrix sequel hate. I felt like I was the only one who liked all three, glad to know I am not alone. Like I said, I think when the sequels went into sci-fi epic mode, people felt...cheated? I'm not really sure how to classify it, but I was fine with the direction the sequels went. Oh well, people hated those movies but flocked to the tune of $400 million to Transformers 2...go figure.

  • June 3, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    IT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE SPECIES!

    by billybigbollocks

    How the hell is THAT original?

  • June 3, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    So Harry...

    by JethroBodine

    When are we going to see a corner animation of you as Dren?

  • June 3, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    The problem with The Matrix sequels

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    was not that they presented intellectual ideas, subverted what was learned from the first film, or that they went epic - all these things are admirable - it was that they couldn't present these things in a way that was dually accessible to a mainstream audience. The first movie very carefully walked this balance; they're were many philosophical and religious undertones in it, but they never intruded in ostentatious fashion into what was on the surface a kick-ass action/adventure. Compare Morpheus' speech to Neo in the original to the Architects' inane ramblings. It's very declarative, full of emphatic statements that are easy to understand but belie depth and room for interpretation also, whereas the Architecht's ramblings come off like the pretentious self-conscious gobblydegook of college philosophy majors - the worst kind of geek sci fi, the bad kind of Star Trek episodes that most non-geeks make fun of. Matrix 1 managed to be both cool AND intellectual, and walked that balance very well.<p>The other big problem is that they really went off what was the core, physcological resonance of the first movie - simply, the idea of 'is this mundane life I'm living real or not?' I think this was a big part of The Matrix's success. I mean, it's the ultimate geek (or worker drone) wish-fulfillment fantasy, no? That he or she wakes up from a passionless life and becomes a superhero, one step ahead of every other unaware sap on planet earth and with profound knowledge to control their own reality/ destiny? Once that was lost I simply don't think the movies had the same appeal. And yet the ending of Matrix 1 promised more of this, with Neo vowing to show people things the machines didn't want them to see. Yet in the sequels, I very much found the concept of The Matrix as a real place was completely lost. It was too much from the perspective of The Rebels, with even the innocents in the Matrix reduced to faceless video game sprites while the battle between them and the agents raged around them. Even The Animatrix latched onto some of this resonance from the original more successfully. And of course at the end of the trilogy, no one is freed, just some lame truce between both sides, while according to the machines, apparently anyone who wants to be freed can be (?), and the majority of the human population content to sleep on in obliviousness. Very philsophical; not very dramatic, or emotionally or metaphorically engaging, though.<p>There are numerous other problems with them, but those are two of the core ones, I feel.

  • June 3, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Harry's reviews are always about the hype

    by gun_will_travel

    Why is the focus of this review on how many screens it will get on opening day? Give me more about the film and less about the release details, man!

  • June 3, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Turd

    by rogueleader66

    I see your point on the sequels, yet I still enjoyed them, but your point of it being too much from the rebels point of view is definitely valid and I can see where that may have not been appealing to some people. I still think they were solid sequels, and will never be ashamed for liking them. <P>Good point also on the architect's speech, it took me a while to fully understand it, and I am not even sure if to this day I really truly understand it lol.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    what the fuck is wrong with you guys?

    by mrgray

    Is it just that Harry wrote this? The level of wrong-headed hate being tossed at Splice is astounding. From tired, worn out "this isn't original" (neither is any story told in the last 2000 years, if you want to be like that) to "it involves bestiality" (not sure what's wrong with a movie about ethical science bringing up an ethical question), this talkback is 85% trash-talking. Thoughtful sci-fi horror is a rare freaking commodity these days, why so much negativity, particularly when maybe 2 of you have seen advance versions?

  • June 3, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    mrgray

    by rogueleader66

    Could not have said it better dude.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    mrgray

    by just pillow talk

    Jarv has seen it, so his opinion of it being shit is based upon an actual viewing of the film.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I want a Species reboot

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    With Alice Eve as Sil.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    mrgray

    by wes

    I guess I'm the other one who has seen it, and including this next to "The Fly" is tragic.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    If i had to bet, i think the "lost" 40 minutes of AVATAR will not make much of a difference to the movie we already got. I suspect all those 40 mitutes will be spreaded out throughout the whole movie, it's just some more seconds in this or that scene, and maybe one or two more scenes of people having conversations. I seriously doubt there is going to be much of a difference.

  • June 3, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    by AsimovLives

    Well, Morpheus is a passionate human, whiler The Architect is a calculating cold AI. Of coruse there would be difference sin the delivery. Again, the way the Architect delivers his speach, and what he says, is very much a great representation of an AI. The thing i love about the Architect's speach is how precise the speach is. sure many might not understand the mathematical concepts he's saying, but the speach itself in incredibly well writen. Notic,e for instanc,e that the architect never repeats the same thing twice. He never repeats an idea. and notice that he uses very precise words with very precise meanings. He speaks mathematically. And tha,t i tell you, is very good writing. Try it. Try to put mathematics into prose, and look how easy it is. Well, it's not, it's very fucking hard. That they actually manange to write a dialogue out of it is in itself an achievement. That they understood the manner to present it is an ever greater achievement. The thing is, if the Architect's speach has a problem is that the warchoski's were very ambitous and very literary. They wrote a very precise speach to simulate the mind and though process of an AI. They achieved it admirably. but because they didn0't do it the typical michael Bay/JJ Abrams dumb retarded shit way, the geekoids, faced with the prospect of having to actually think while watching a movie, felt mind boggled. and while some people love to have their mind boggle,d others not so much. The not so much crowd complained. The Architect scne is the one moment in the whole Matrix franchise where you actually have to pay attention to what's being said, and what's being said has a very precise meaning with only very precise workding can convey. I guess the problem was that the Warchoski brothers got themselves convinced that, given the sucess of their first Matrix movie, the audiences were now accepting and open for an action movie with ideas. they misclaculated by giving the audiences too much credit, i guess. Small wonder Hollywood is still so populated with dumb shitty hacks like Mickey Bay and Jay Jay Abrams who constantly call retards to audiences and get rich on it.

  • June 3, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    This movie isn't worh getting hyped up for

    by RPLocke

    The previews are laughed off the screen.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    SPOILER** THE LAST LINE OF THE MOVIE

    by TheMovieTruth

    I am still plague with the insulting review Harry gave this film. It is SH*T. Anyway you look at it. At the very end of the film Polley is signing over her rights to the baby inside of her(from Dren-who was female until she slept with Brody and then turned male), the female in the room asks "Are you sure you want to do this?". Polley replies, "What is the worse that could happen?". At this point, the movie ends. The line that should have been added in my opinion after Polleys is "A Sequel.". This movie sucked badddd. You have been warned.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Spider-Goat, Spider-Goat

    by cookylamoo

    Does whatever will float your boat.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    100% Medically Accurate!!!

    by ebonic_plague

    Dr. Del Toro said so!

  • June 3, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by severianx1

    I can't wait to see this movie so I can make myself look realy cool and superior by posting a comment here about how bad/boring/unoriginal it was. Aw hell, why wait until I've seen it? Might as well get in on the fun now. Hmm, let me see, someone already said "I liked it better when it was called Species", even though it's probably nothing like Species, but something in the preview kinda sorta maybe looked a little bit like something that was in Species. Ah what that hell, so what if someone else already said it? I liked this movie better when it was called Species. There, now I am soooo cool. Oh, and someone said it was a bestiality movie, and I haven't seen it but if they said it it must be true, therefore it must be a bad movie, therefore I hereby declare it a bomb, and now I am even cooler. Oh yeah, and the science couldn't happen in real life, I know beause I'm a nuclear physicist and my sister's best friend's boyfriend teaches high school science, so that means the movie really, really sucks, and I am really really superior.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Fuck Alex Jones...

    by theguilty1

    He's a puppet for the Illuminati...you've been lead astray, losers.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Adrian Brody called me up crying

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    He fucked a spider bitch and then she chewed his dick off. He wan't bothered by that so much as the fact that she left without cab fare.

  • June 3, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Remember, when Asslives opines about movies-

    by Sal_Bando

    -this is coming from a mouth that has Goat semen inside of it on an hourly basis. You won't want this on your record-

  • June 3, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Asimov...agreed on Reloaded...

    by Darth Macchio

    I still wonder if Reloaded is the best in the series and that particular Architect scene is one of the main reasons (one of my favorite scenes in the entire trilogy). I still love the play on words as to who the "If I am the father of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother." is? When Neo answers, "The Oracle" the Architect responds, "Please!" in a sarcastic manner. That's because it isn't the Oracle the Architect was referring to...not at all. I have a theory of who it was tho; perhaps for another discussion.<p>I do think Revolutions got a little too off the conceptual path laid out in Matrix and Reloaded here and there but Reloaded gets WAY to much hate and usually for mostly silly reasons.<p>People actually hate that movie for the naked rave scene?!!?! I think it ranks up there with Empire, Aliens, T2, etc, as one of the better sequels in cinema.

  • June 3, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Darth Macchio

    by wes

    I think his dismissal of her had more to do with the label itself of "Oracle", not as the "mother" of the Matrix.

  • June 3, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    It's been a while since Hollywood raped an idea

    by I_shot_Cyrus

    and didn't call it a remake, reimagining, reboot, or sequel.

  • June 3, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Ruby Red Splice!!!!

    by I_shot_Cyrus

  • June 3, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    The Original "It's Alive"

    by Doc_Hudson

    Best of the genre,....with Fly remake close close 2nd. And 3rd would be Rosie's Baby. God that reminds me how much we depend on CGI than story anymore....:(

  • June 3, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Can we please get to the answer we all really want answered?

    by Boober

    Is the Splicebabe hot and does she get naked and bone in this film? Because crossgen porn is gonna be what funds the research that this film dances around...Dudes will stick it in anything with breasts and a hole, even if it looks like it just walked out of Mos Eisley...

  • June 3, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Can we please get to the answer we all really want answered?

    by Boober

    Is the Splicebabe hot and does she get naked and bone in this film? Because crossgen porn is gonna be what funds the research that this film dances around...Dudes will stick it in anything with breasts and a hole, even if it looks like it just walked out of Mos Eisley...

  • June 3, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Correction...

    by Boober

    Dudes will PAY to stick it...

  • June 3, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    ...ahem..."question" we want answered...

    by Boober

  • June 3, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    AssholeSlimes

    by quantize

    I love how you read these. Life, heard of it?

  • June 4, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Asimov....Hmmm I dont think you are right

    by southafricanguy

    about that. I assume you have never read the old 95 scriptment Asimov? Apparantly several scenes involving conflict between The Stephen Lang and Ribissi characters exist, as is there an attack on Hellsgate by the all the Avatars (you can see the pre-viz of it in the making of Avatar), as well as a lot of stuff involving the death of Neytiris sister, and what happened at Grace's school. And there is a some type of hunt Jake goes on where they hunt massive things called Sturmbeasts. And finally, there is a totally diiferent begininig that was shot showing future Earth. So actually Asimov, I think you are probably quite wrong on this one. And actually Im suprised, as I would think you would be aware of the difference some of Cameron's films can have between theatrical and directors cut (look at the Abyss for Heavens sake). Especially since its well known Cameron removes entire subplots when he trims a movie down, he does nt just remove minutes from scenes....

  • June 4, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    boober

    by Dijjot

    it's not hot, it looks like a mutated kangaroo and then it dot dot dot spoilers has sex with adrian brody, then it digivolves into a male-type monster and rapes sarah polley. She becomes pregnant and keeps the baby

  • June 4, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Geez...cant belioeve there are morons now

    by southafricanguy

    saying this is unoriginal because it shares a number of similarities with Species. You guys do now that there is nothing that is truly original right? Every film maker is inspired/influenced from multiple sources and "borrows" ideas/concepts/story elements from previous films for fucks sake. The trick is all in how its done, and how those influences/inspirations are comboined and fused together to make something new....

  • June 4, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Splice: From the director of CUBE? I'm sold!!!

    by --- Emperor ---

    Cube is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi thrillers! Good to see this guy is finally getting a break into the mainstream market!

  • June 4, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Sal_Bando

    by AsimovLives

    Well, i have an opinion, which is much, much more then can be said about you, dumb ass.

  • June 4, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    quantize

    by AsimovLives

    Yes i have. Have you?

  • June 4, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    Yeah, but the thing is, how much of the 95 script is the script for the movie as it is. Or as it was shot? And frankly, my opinion is that it's not that much at all, except for some general ideas and notions and plot points. If you ask me, i don't think there is much of the 95 script in the movie, even in the future extended edition to be. That's how i feel about it.

  • June 4, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Doc_Hudson

    by AsimovLives

    Don't forget Cronenberg's THE BROOD as well.

  • June 4, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Ha HA!!--- I've *got* it.

    by Rocco Curioso

    A reboot/sequel mashup: Leprechaun Vs. Basket Case. How do ya like *them* apples?

  • June 4, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST

    how much did harry get paid to be a plant

    by brabon300

    cuz every review ive read of this shit fest, says it a shitfest...with kinky interspecies sex and rape

  • June 4, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    sick of the "produced by" bullshit

    by alienindisguise

    it really means nothing and usually doesn't equal quality.

  • June 4, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    I told friends of mine the premise of SPLICE

    by AsimovLives

    Half a hour later they were none the wiser. Of course, not seeing the movie yet might make things difficult to explain.

  • June 4, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    I told friends of mine the premise of SPLICE

    by AsimovLives

    Half a hour later they were none the wiser. Of course, not seeing the movie yet might make things difficult to explain.

  • June 4, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Ops!!! Sorry about that

    by AsimovLives

  • June 4, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    harry if i ever need a motivational speaker

    by thesmilingpsycho

    i'll go to u. if i need a movie reviewer i'll go to massawyrm. check and mate

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  • June 4, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    hey harry

    by thesmilingpsycho

    need a little water to go with that plant?

  • June 4, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Asimov this may help.

    by Lost Jarv

    This is the premise: 2 scientists create a DNA milkshake to create a creature. The ultimate goal is to synthesise some wonder drug. They then decide to have another go but with added human. Result is Dren. Shenanigans singularly fails to ensue. Film ends badly.<P>Alienindisguise, Splice is also produced by Don Murphy, but you don't see his fucking name on any posters.

  • June 4, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Lost Jarv

    by AsimovLives

    Thanks.<br><br>I have to say, the name of Don Murphy acossiated with this movie robs me of much interest to watch it. What keeps me interested is the name of Vicenzo Natali. But really, why that hack Don Murphy? Why? And where's Tarantino when we need him the most to bitchslap Don Murphy again?

  • June 4, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    acossiated = associated

    by AsimovLives

  • June 4, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    My tax dollars helped pay for this!

    by Tall_Boy66

    See the whole shitload of producers and executive producers ("presented by Del Toro" on the posters) at the credits and the final credit is presented by Telefilm and film board of Ontario. I'm actually totally cool with it. God know how much of my tax dollars have gone to Red Green and Rita McNiel specials at the fuckin CBC. This is way cooler. Solid flick, too.

  • June 4, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    brabon et al: tomatometer Top Critics 70%

    by mrgray

    So I guess when you say "every review I've read", you mean "I've only read shitty reviews to bolster my knee-jerk opinion".

  • June 4, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Hmm...

    by jpdanzig

    Damn, I was interested in seeing this film, but if Harry likes it -- I may decide to wait for the DVD...

  • June 4, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    This movie is a TURD.

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    Harry will pimp this turd of a movie and go on to give The A Team movie a negative review.

  • June 4, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Yea, its a miracle anyone will sit through this turd.

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    Harry would pimp a hooker who has a calling card stating she has herpes.

  • June 4, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    New York Times Gives it a Rave Review

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    and the haters on this shit hole matter not

  • June 4, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    AssholeSlime

    by quantize

    great comeback...you really are bright.

  • June 4, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    A wonderful and brave film

    by m_reporter

    I really cant believe where this move went, really brave filmmaking on so many levels. The audience I saw it with LOVED it as well, people where chuckling out of pure discomfort in the more controversial scenes. It wasn't a mocking kind of laugh, but a real defense mechanism reaction. <p> The actors and effects are brilliant, and the film hits all the right notes for most of it's running time. I really hope this is a successful film, maybe it inspires more good horror.

  • June 4, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    The audience was howling...I was cheering.

    by StrokerX

    It was fun and everybody was into it. I'm glad I avoided the trailers and saw it. I enjoyed it more than IM2.

  • June 4, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Oh and SPOILERS AHEAD...

    by StrokerX

    One thing I thought was funny is how Dren dies like 4 times during the movie.

  • June 5, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Harry's Reviews and Splice

    by dadwhereareyou00

    ...Harry, you love the most awful movies...this film was a joke. Adrien was over the top at a constant, the female lead at no point gave a strong performance...and quite frankly...the movie lost me completely when animal/bitch/creature and Adrien have sex on the barn floor. Dont go see this...youll be scarred

  • June 5, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Save your $$$

    by edog72

    I just got back from this. I was really looking forward to this one. What a disappointment. It's a C+ at best. Predictable and slow. It never utilizes it's talented actors and loses what little moment it had about 2/3rds in. Save your money and wait for it on dvd or rent it. See "Cube" by the same director instead. Phenomenal film compared to this.

  • June 5, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    :P

    by blackflowerX

    Nice review ...Interesting conflicting talk back ....Good sign.

  • June 5, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    The movie looked interesting to me until

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    The weird creature they create goes from being some weird looking squiggly bald thing with a slit down its head into a quasi-hot chick. Would've been cooler if the monster was kept as something not even close to vaguely resembling a human. If they'd done that, this thing could've achieved Human Centipede levels of creepiness. Plus I fucking hate Adrian Brody. If I want to watch a movie about the fears that impending parenthood brings on, I'll just watch "Eraserhead."

  • June 5, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Bomb

    by Dursman2000

    Cinemascore audience ranking a "D". Opened in 8th place. Oh well, at least it did better than MacGRUBER!!

  • June 5, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    More Splices In Splice

    by CoasterKing

    Worst movie ever! The character's motives and resulting actions were all over the place. People actually laughed in the theatre when she catches Brody banging the alien. Wasn't even scary. Just sad.

  • June 5, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Good Movie (Spoilers!!!)

    by raidahguy

    Its not Species. Its good smart sci-fi horror. I hated the teenagers who didnt get it and just giggled at the wrong moments and denounced it because there were no action scenes or gore fests. I do think its going to bomb, hopefully not though (fingers crossed!)

  • June 5, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Good movie

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Very minimalist, but you get just enough info to see that these are 2 pretty fucked-up people underneath their uber-cool exteriors. I loved the complete shift in their perceptions of Dren as the film progressed. It's not a crap film, by any means. I can understand that there are folks who won't enjoy it, but it's far from 'crap'. It's also far from the 'monster movie' the ads pretend it is. Slow burn folks. And nothing wrong with that.

  • June 5, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    You can now read it below-Finally!!! Spoilers

    by Megan_Foxs_Tool_Box

    Ha ha Spoilers-What harold left out of the review! <p> Spoilers!

  • June 5, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Spoilers below!!!

    by Megan_Foxs_Tool_Box

    And once again spoilers Numbnuts fucks a coconut beastie in act 2. Mommy feeds the genetic freak some semen, and then it turns into a man! Then it Rapes her stupid ass! Now she has an Xtro/rape gene mutant baby. The End. Possible sequels include X-men second class produced by Fox pictures. No need to thank me, I just saved you 40 bucks!!! No offense to actors or directors or producers named anything other than Murphy.

  • June 5, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    "I told friends of mine the premise of SPLICE"

    by Xiphos_2

    Assholelife you were speaking to goats. Did you think they would understand?

  • June 5, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Leaked Captain America POSTER http://tinyurl.com/yawhc8l

    by james4543

  • June 6, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    I Just Saw This Tonight

    by D o o d

    This film is predictable dog shit. People were openly laughing at how ridiculous some of the plot points were. I mean it was that bad!<p>Oh and as for it being original horror it so isn't!

  • June 6, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    that poster looks

    by Bruce of all Trades

    like anyone could have made it. It's a pretty amateurish concept for a poster (though, admittedly, pretty much every teaser poster doesn't show off too much) <p><p>The credits are too small to read much of anything, but I can make out Joe Johnston and Chris Evans' names.

  • June 6, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Fraud Cap Poster

    by Dursman2000

    Yeah that poster is fake. The credits can't possibly be right, Jackson is billed too high for what will probably be a cameo, they dont even list the female lead, and they have Patrick Doyle scoring it. No way that's happening. Doyle's probably scoring THOR but I think you'd see James Horner scoring Cap (since he worked with Johnston on ROCKETEER, JUMANJI and HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS. He'd make sense there).

  • June 6, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Saw It This Weekend - Gutsy Film, Cool Subject

    by halfassedastronaut

    I thought it was great - they covered some really risky territory and they did it well. Got into a shouting match afterwards with some assholes that were laughing inappropriately at key moments...wanted jam my fist down their ignorant fucking throats...seeing movies in public is getting to be less and less enjoyable.

  • June 6, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Ironhelix you are DEAD ON BALLS ACCURATE.

    by Van_Dammes_Forehead_Lump

    WTF Harry. I mean W. T. F.??? I've always stuck up for you when people talked smack about this site or your reviews. But if you liked this GIANT STINKING DEUCE of a movie, I'm done. It was a soup of anti-science bullshit combined with ridiculous, impossible, convoluted, and nonsensical events. If you think anything like this will/can EVER happen, let someone who has TWO SCIENCE DEGREES inform you than it CANNOT and WILL NOT.

  • June 6, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I'm at a loss at to why...

    by JediGBus

    this movie is getting a lot of love from critics and some talkbackers. However, it is a very bad movie. The acting is horrible (the equivalent of the Syfy channe). The f/x are on par with Xbox. The look of the creature is silly as hell... the rooftop reveal of Dren's wings made me laugh out loud in the theater (I was joined by the majority of the packed theater). The motivation for the main female character suddenly becoming an evil bitch was not fleshed out, unless you call her looking at pictures of her mother as a justification for proper character development. Adrien Brody's sudden switch from not wanting Dren to then fucking Dren could (as far as I am concerned) only be explained by him being a horny guy, which isn't something "smart" or "bold". I have scene more character development of that variety in a little gem of a film called "Booty Call". Finally, the rape scene in the finale was horrendous and the only reason why it existed was not to test the audience's resolve and make you think about the film. It was placed there so people could say, "Oh shit! He's raping that chick. This movie is crazy, man!" and the other reason why that scene was there was to make room for a sequel. Thus, I still don't see what makes this a smart movie. I recommend to anyone skeptical about this movie that you pay no more than a dollar and 9 cents at Redbox to watch this movie. That might be too much though so my second recommendation is that you wait for it to show for free on television where it will have its rightful place in the the Syfy channel movie line up.

  • June 6, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    This is why I love AICN

    by Bruce of all Trades

    A dude who has two science degrees signs up to shoot the shit with other nerds on the interwebz and takes the name Van_Dammes_Forehead_Lump. Not that I doubt it, I just find it hilarious. And that's not an insult, either.

  • June 6, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    JediGBus

    by D o o d

    You said it better and more intelligently than I ever could. I really want people to know how much this movie sucks.<p>This review tricked me into watching this movie when my common sense was telling me it would be turd. In fact I am beginning to doubt the sincerity of this site and whether backroom deals are made to promote, otherwise, trash! It's not an accusation, I'm just beginning to wonder after a few dodgy reviews!

  • June 6, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    This, District 9, Moon....

    by jimmy_009

    There's a nice resurgence of intelligent sci-fi out there now, after a long, long, looong, drought. The future looks bright... well sort of... for good SF.

  • June 6, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Van_Dammes_Forehead_Lump

    by jimmy_009

    It's called science FICTION. Frankenstein can't happen either, it's just taking the events and fears of today and projecting and expanding on them like good sci-fi does. It was PLAYED as over the top (did you HEAR the music?). I thought they really nailed it and I was involved the entire time. I was also really glad it didn't turn into an action fest where she gets out and starts killing half a city of men (although I'm sure Joe Braindead Public would have much preferred that).

  • June 6, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I might also add...

    by jimmy_009

    Not many people are talking about what I thought was one of the strongest themes of the movie: parenthood. I think anyone that is a parent would readily identify with the various stages that the couple goes through. From their total freedom pre-creature, the WTF do we do now moments when they realize this creature has needs, the realization that nothing in their lives are going to be the same, the frustration of a child who wants to be independent, the gradual distancing of the parents, how a person brings their own baggage into parenthood and whether they like it or not inflict that on their children. I thought the parent-child relationship that they dealt with in the movie really made it above and beyond most horror flicks (and made the eventual sex scenes all the more grotesque and Oedipal). This movie works on a lot of levels and pushes a lot of buttons. I'm not surprised it's getting panned by some, but that to me is the sign of a good movie as well. If "that" crowd hates it, then it's probably on to something.

  • June 6, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    The laughing during the sex scene

    by jimmy_009

    People often laugh when they are uncomfortable, I have a feeling anyone that laughed during this scene was in a position of being uncomfortable (and why wouldn't they be?) and the natural defense mechanism of laughing kicked in. It's like when a teenage girl is embarrassed about something and her natural impulse is to giggle uncontrollably. Just a thought, as I can see that scene really making a certain kind of person (i.e. someone not comfortable with sex in general, a kid seeing the movie with his parents, etc.) squirm and react in that kind of way. Again, the fact that something so weird made it to the big screen is a victory for genre movies.

  • June 7, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Wow, Harry was right about Splice and Greek

    by MattmanReturns

    I enjoyed Greek, and I REALLY liked Splice. I appreciate any movie that can make me squirm. I managed to avoid spoilers, so that probably helped a lot. It was similar to District 9 in that I had no idea what would happen in the entire final half of the movie. Very daring sci-fi/horror... it's what Species SHOULD have been.

  • June 7, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    nope

    by giricns

    Don't get me wrong...I liked SPLICE...but it was far from perfect...and I really wouldn't consider it a horror/sci-fi film...in fact the trailers had me thinking it was going to be an update of SPECIES...and in someways it was...but I think the movie tried to mix in a lot of different genres and it only succeeded marginally in some of them...and by the time they got to the slightly suspenseful horror part of it...it was too late...the movie was over...I think they spent too much time on the relationship between Adrian and Sarah's characters as well as the moral dilemma of what they had done with Dren and dealing with the consequences of their actions...that's my two cents.

  • June 7, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    "spent too much time on the relationship"

    by MattmanReturns

    Yep, that's what I liked. The movie actually bothered to develop its characters and get me invested, rather than just being an excuse for a standard horror movie.

  • June 7, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    This movie proves once again...

    by docter419

    Men will have sex with anything

  • June 7, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Nature of the modern movie geek

    by xdiamondxdanx

    Read this article! It talks partly about AICN and Chud's talkbacker's response to Splice. http://bit.ly/dBPegV

  • June 7, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    OMG! i'm a fly murderer!

    by frank cotton

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

  • June 7, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    So the creator....

    by drewlicious

    gets raped by her own creation.....Big deal. George Lucas has been doing that to his creations for years. It only makes sens that the creation eventually turns the table.

  • June 7, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    CHUD has a point

    by MattmanReturns

    So called film geeks are seem to rag on anything that doesn't follow a specific pattern (I've seen many here criticize movies for not following the three act structure), yet they whine that Hollywood has no balls. You guys used to love this kind of shit. What happened?

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  • June 8, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Balls

    by JediGBus

    My opinion doesn't matter much, since I am too young to be an expert in anything, but I have never complained about Hollywood not having balls. However, I have complained about Hollywood producing shitty movies... a crappy gutsy movie is still a crappy movie. Doesn't have to be original for me; it just has to make sense within the movie. Hell... I saw Prince of Persia last night and the dagger of time (or whatever the hell it is) made more sense than Splice. Here was the plot of Splice: Scientists splice DNA from different animals (including a human) to make a creature. Scientists talk about the morality of it for 5 minutes and then decide to RAISE it because of the possibilities for science. They raise it into adulthood where one scientist yearns to fuck the creature and the other wants to kill it because they had really only discussed the issue for 5 minutes in the first place so they never really knew what they got into (but hell, you need "smart" people to actually be stupid in movies because otherwise you might not have the possibility for retarded plot developments and action if the movie is about intelligent human beings). The creature goes splicy bonkers (because after all, it's a mixture of several animals. Who would have thought this would happen? Perhaps a scientist!) The creature rapes the female scientist because it has turned into a male (and like many males, wants to go scam on some chicks to fuck once it realizes it has a sex drive). Then the female scientist who, while one would think would be traumatized by all these events, keeps the offspring! You might ask why... well, reader...I don't know because I didn't learn anything from the movie. It was supposed to raise questions to enlighten me as to the moral problems of human genetic tampering and parenting. I was a little shit to my parents when I was growing up so I don't need a movie to tell me about that trials of raising a troubled child. Perhaps the realization I was supposed to make was that I'm actually a stupid fucken idiot myself... but guess what? If that's true then that's awesome! Because according to the narrative of this movie I might have what it takes to qualify as a scientist splicer so that I could get my splicy on! YAY! Job opportunity!

  • June 8, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    When Harry saw this-was he thinking of boning the Spicebabe?

    by JonChambers

    Sometimes I think the only reason Harry likes a movie is because he grows a hard one in the movie theater... If the woody ain't there, BANG! comes a bad AICN review. If Harry thinks, "Boy I'd like to pork that Alien!" then it's fuckin' all-out RAVE REVIEW time. (I know what Harry thought when he saw the Splicebabe: "Cross-species sex...CAN'T WAIT! THEN I'D BE LIKE THE GILLMAN AND JULIE ADAMS!!!"

  • June 8, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    JediGBus

    by D o o d

    You are wise beyond your years, even if you're a 100! :o)<p>You're absolutely correct though. I didn't give a fuck about the message either as there's nothing to learn from this movie. The question is, is this movie enjoyable? The answer is simply, NO!

  • June 8, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I really can't read Harry's reviews anymore.

    by SkeletonParty

    Please hire an editor.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Thanks, D o o d

    by JediGBus

    Also, I felt that same way as you did. It costs 10 dollars for a movie ticket here in CA. It cost me 20 on the night of Splice because I was with a date (she picked the movie). I just don't want others to go through the same thing I did. How I spend my money is important to me in these troubling economic times. I could have bought my date some drinks with that money!!! Luckily, I don't base my movie going on this site's reviews. I just come here to bitch because it amuses me. I'm old school and dig Ebert; however, he liked Splice as well, along with many ohters. I was bound to lose my precious 20 bucks no matter what, I guess. On a side note, I'm not letting that girl choose a movie again, unless she lets me get "my splice on" in the theater with her. :o) P.S. Splice is now "fuck" to me. Since Splice fucked me out of 20 bucks, I'm going to use that word as a substitute for fuck... this also amuses me. ;o)

  • June 8, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    The other thing I don't get is

    by D o o d

    how everyone is going on about how daring it is. What is daring? That he has sex with an alien chic or what that stands for? Even the whole subject of tampering with genetics?? That's not daring or brave! It's just a movie and not a good one at that. It's shot well, the effects are decent, the acting is ok BUT it's boring and stupid! I really do feel annoyed that I was going to avoid this movie but on the reviews given I changed my mind and feel I am down $30 for me and my girlfriend. I'm lucky I'm only down $30 AND a girlfriend as she hated it too.<p>I will go back to the laughter in the cinema. People openly laughing NOT because it was shocking or uncomfortable but because the whole scene was ridiculous. People Lauging AT a movie is something I've never seen before and it's proof that I am not the only one who found it stupid!<p>This film deserves to fail based on it's shitness and for my wallet being "Spliced" over that night!

  • June 8, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Sorry I was meant to say

    by D o o d

    "AND NOT a girlfriend" - she forgave me as I told her Sex in the City 2 was shit and saved her from further losses and embarrassment.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    quantize

    by AsimovLives

    Yes, it was a great comeback, deal with it, lifeless dumb ass.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Shitphos_2, whenever you feel the need to watch extreme stupidit

    by AsimovLives

    ... look in a mirror and there it is.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    JediGBus

    by AsimovLives

    Well, a gutsy crappy movie is still better then a gutless crappy movie. At least the gutsy crappy movie has guts, far more then the gutless one. If a movie is going to be crap, at least that it should had something for it more then just the same usual souless cash-in, you know what i mean? This is how fucked up movies are now, that i even prefer a fcuked up but gutsy failure then a banal by the numbers mundane cash-in cashcow typical of Holywood's production stable. At least the gutsy failure fails interestingly, which is far more then the usual souless bullshit made in Hollywood this days.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by JediGBus

    Good point. ;) It's kind of like taking a shit after you eat a healthy salad that is supposed to be good for you and taking a shit after eating junk food that is not good for you. My problem is that this particular salad (Splice) gave me diarrhea, if you catch my drift. I think I know what you mean, but once again, I have never been one to argue about the guts-factor of a movie. I'm only concerned with good and bad movies. Yes, I am a very 1-dimensional person, but at least I know it. I like gutless and gutfull movies alike and have no stake in either kind (For example, I'm the kind of person that enjoys The Conversation, Paths of Glory AND Friday, starring Ice Cube and the wonderful Chris Tucker ;) Thus, if you or anyone likes the guts in Splice then cool and much credit to you guys and gals for having more considerations than I in your movie-watching experience.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Well Said Once Again JediGBus

    by D o o d

    I'm all for supporting a movie that tries to be different and unique BUT ONLY if it's any good. I like lots of movies that had great heart but were not successful on all counts. There's tons of them out there.<p>Splice would've had my support if it was engaging and entertaining. At the end of the day, people will go out in droves to watch a good movie, regardless of its message, budget, marketing or intention to make or not make money. Prime examples of these are, Evil Dead, Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, Night of the Living Dead, Mad Max, Open Water, Saw....I could go on and on. All engaging and all very entertaining!<p>Each to their own though, some of you guys seem to have gained more than most. For me, trying to be different or having guts is not enough!

  • June 10, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST

    JediGBus

    by AsimovLives

    Well, a bad movie is still a bad movie, isn't it? Still, i can help at least have some admiration for a more gutsy bad movie which had thematic and artistic ambitions, then a bad movie that has no guts at all and it's merely a scheme to make some rich bastard even richer, that's all i'm saying.

  • June 10, 2010, 5:36 a.m. CST

    D o o d

    by AsimovLives

    "For me, trying to be different or having guts is not enough!"<br><br>Oh, i agree. In the end, all it really matters is if the movie is good. I still find sympathy for gutsy daring movies that tried to be mroe then just the fat cashcow of the week, if you know what i mean. But at least with those bad movies that tried, i know that the filmmakers actually tried. Which is mor ethen can be said about most others out there, if you know what i mean. But as you very well said, in the end, what matters most, specially for us the paying public, is if the movie is good.

  • June 10, 2010, 7 a.m. CST

    Harry, I for one trust your opinion

    by NightAvatar

    I'm tired of seeing so many whiners complain about your reviews. Fuck 'em, I say. I appreciate your totally candid approach and even though I don't always agree with you or like the movies you like, your reviews usually let me know whether the film is for me, or not. And tell Sly I said hello! ;p My 11 year-old son got hooked on the Rambo series, watching it for the first time (in Blu-Ray) last week. He gobbled up all 4 in 2 days. Loved 'em. I think he liked the fourth one best.

  • June 10, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

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    by D o o d

    Yeah I'm 100% right there with you. I like it when someone takes a risk and am more open to their interpretation of things. I very much like good B Movies as I feel that with all that the film makers are fighting against, to then come out with something good deserves all the success. In fact I prefer them more than, say something like, Transformers2.<p>However let's look at Splice, I have no idea why it's gutsy or different as I've seen this scenario many times before but done much better. It's not entirely low budget as it has some big names in it, is shot very well and the effects look like they cost quite a bit.<p>So all I'm caring about right now is whether it was worth the price of my ticket? Did it entertain me? The answer to both questions is a resounding no. I was very disappointed by it.

  • June 11, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    D o o d

    by xdiamondxdanx

    Do you know that Splice is an independent Canadian movie? Nobody in the production thought this was getting a wide release including Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley or the director (who just signed a deal today to direct Neuromancer). The movie in fact was the first film Joel Silver, who I'm sure you are aware of, has ever acquired from a film festival. You have made clear that you dislike Splice several times but many people think differently than you. Critics loved this movie. Film festival viewers loved this movie, and I've been watching real-time search results periodically on Twitter Search and the reaction is usually split. Some say its too weird and they feel mentally assaulted and demand others not to see it and the other side say its on a whole new level and makes them think. Not many have an unemotional response like yourself. So you are a minority and that's fine. Personally I don't think it was the greatest movie ever but it totally captured my thoughts for a couple days unlike my experience with other movies lately. You're not stupid, I'm not stupid, but we differ on our opinions of Splice. Enjoy the rest of the summer movie that come out.

  • June 11, 2010, 1 a.m. CST

    Splice

    by ClayG

    There are more reasons to laugh at a scene in a movie than just because you think it's dumb. And unless you were inside the heads of the people you heard laughing, you have no idea what they were thinking. Personally, I heard no laughter in the theater where I saw this thoughtful, beautiful, carefully-crafted and troubling film. The movie isn't a brainless jump-scare horror film. It's a fusion of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein with the body horror of Cronenberg films such as The Brood and The Fly. Dren herself is a wondrous creation--beautiful and freakish, sympathetic and terrifying. For those of you crying 'bestiality'; you're all fools. She was clearly quite human in many ways. I don't think the film was perfect, but it's the best film in release this summer, bar none.

  • June 11, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    xdiamondxdanx

    by D o o d

    Thanks for your intelligent response and speaking to me like I was another person in a room, unlike some of the TB's who use name calling as a way to get a reaction.<p>You are absolutely correct it does come down to taste, some people loved it and some people hated it. I personally did not hate it, I just thought it was a poor movie. Like I've said, the things I appreciated were the art direction, vfx and the way it was filmed, but I did not find the subject matter interesting and found the film lacking in interest for me.<p>I applaud the film makers and Joel Silver for taking the risk. On another point, I agree with you that I have overstated my point and should just let it go. I'm just annoyed that I paid to see this movie against my better judgment!

  • June 11, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Another thought or two...

    by ClayG

    Yes, I think most people who might be laughing at any part of this film are probably teens and pre-teens who are still figuring out things like sexuality and are threatened down inside by the themes and images presented here. Personally, I don't find the implications of the sex scene shocking because Dren is a genetically engineered hybrid--I thought she was beautiful (yeah, until that whole gender-switch thing, which is NOT a twist--it's set up early, early on, and if you don't see it coming, you're a moron). The reason *i* find the sex scene disturbing is that the two scientists have raised Dren as their child--and yet, at various times in the film, they seem not to know whether to treat her as their child, an experiment, an animal, a girl, or a monster. This is not a clear-cut, easy film, so anyone expecting a brainless ride on the jump-scare terror train can just save their money and stay home. Those of you with better taste, this is for you.

  • June 11, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I saw SPLICE tonight

    by NeverTalksBack

    Thought it was a fascinating film, fucked up and creepy and scary and weird, really liked it. Just my 2 cents

  • June 11, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    P.S. I heard no laughter

    by NeverTalksBack

  • June 11, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Just saw this about 20 mins ago. Awesome.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    I'm glad some movies these days have the balls to not really give a fuck and go the extra mile.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    What we need

    by Clean_Vageena

    is a Cronenberg movie about labioplasty.

  • June 13, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Clean_Vageena

    by xdiamondxdanx

    What we need is another 3 or 4 Cronenberg movies before he gets too old.

  • June 14, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Brave movie...shitty ending

    by yourstupid

    Seriously, this movie was so good until they decided to go do the thing that everyone who's seen it has been talking about. You know it's shit when they could have left it out, and the movie would still work. It was like watching Parenthood, and then all of a sudden Steve Martin decides to bang Martha Plimpton. Totally out of the blue, and completely unnecessary. But then again, what do my two cents matter? We're all haters in some way.

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  • June 14, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Unbelievable

    by sleepingbear

    Went and saw this yesterday, the family sitting behind me and my wife had two young girls with them, I'm guessing one was 9 or 10, the other was 12 or 13. The poor kids are going to scared for life. I wanted to turn around and ask the fat-ass 'father' what was he thinking?

  • June 14, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    saw this movie this weekend, it does NOT have more disturbing

    by Warcraft

    imagery than hostel. give me a break harry. also, rate R is rated R, you shouldn't be taking kids to R rated flicks in the first place. also, i wouldn't even classify splice as horror, there's nothing horrific or scary in it, it's just sci fi to me. anyway, the only thing that could be even remotely disturbing in the film is sex scene with brody and the beast, but honestly, i thought it was beautiful. anyhoo, if i HAD to choose between splice and hostel 2 to take a kid to, i would take them to splice because it's less violent, has intelligence, and isn't just about wanton murder and death like the hostel films.

  • June 14, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Splice was as bad as Whiteout

    by bishopfan85

    In both cases, it seemed to have an intriguing premise and good enough casting but the writing and editing left a finished product that required a much smarter screenplay. I can imagine having watched this film at a festival and thinking "at least it's different" but seeing it on the grand scale only reveals it to be what it is, a sorry piece of work that had loads of potential. Just as many films have before it we are again reminded that good CGI alone cannot a good film make. My biggest gripe with the film mainly deal with the characters choices and motivations from beginning to end as well as the performance of DREN which I felt worked great until she became an adult female (no need to discuss the "twist" here). This film would have worked great if DREN had escaped from the lab and the couple that discovered her had no knowledge of genetics or science and simply were trying to protect her from being discovered. Sure it would be another E.T. but the choices that the lead characters made would have made much more sense. The end of the film was the icing on the cake and I was this close to demanding my money back until I realized that it was Harry's review that put me in that seat which I should have known better after the Superman Returns travesty (I'll never forgive you for that one buddy).

  • June 16, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

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    is totally Perez Hilton. swear.

  • June 17, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Rubbish-Don't believe the Hype, spoilers

    by DIBARAHMAN

    Rubbish. Rape is not a plot point in any movie. When Dren was female, she only wanted to 'love' Brody, but as a male, she didn't give a fk, she just wanted to rape his gf. If anything, it's another point in the bitchification of the world. Turns into a man, and like we know, all men are raping, murdering psychopaths. Fuck off. Only non-scientists would turn around and say, wow it's so believable. I'm afraid it's not.

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  • June 28, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I was bored today so I said what the hell

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    And I have no idea what Harry is talking about in his review. <br><br> I'm glad for the Cube director, but this movie wasn't anything special. It was very predictable. Smart horror/sci-fi? Maybe because the film kept the feeling that something bad was going to happen with Dren, but I mean, what else was there? <br><br> One of the smartest horror/Sci-fi films in my top 10 is The Thing. I know Harry gets a ton of shit for his reviews, but I think it because he's a geek first, and then sorta a film critic 2nd. <br><br> Just cause he likes a film, doesn't make it a good film.

  • June 28, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

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    like the Cronenburg comparision:) now I think about it I agree its apt...this movie is almost too dense to judgge immediately after viewing as soon as credits rolled I was like blech, then I started to let film sink into my psyche and think about it and more I thought about it more I liked it on multiple levels including the creepiness but also the ethical questions it raises

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