Film, Horror
3 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
This Cronenbergian exploration of the perils of inter-species gene-splicing wrestles with some topical and disturbing ideas, but never quite pins them down. When brilliant young scientists Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) secretly create Dren (Delphine Chaneac) – a wide-eyed and strangely beautiful hybrid of animal and human DNA – they quickly realise that their scientific hubris far outstrips their parenting skills. Due to her accelerated development, Dren soon develops from an innocent, dependent infant into a rebellious adolescent. Influenced by her own troubled childhood, Elsa becomes a cruelly controlling mother; father figure Clive, on the other hand, is seduced by the perverse attraction that the now sexually aware Dren feels for him. Having spent more than a decade in utero, the dense script by director/co-writer Vincenzo Natali (‘Cube’, ‘Cypher’) is, like the fussy creature design, over-elaborated. That said, it is fascinating to see the arrogant human scientists revealed as monsters, even as the ‘monstrous’ Dren reveals her complex, vulnerable humanity. Sadly, the intellectual sparks that do fly burn brightly but only briefly.



Release details

Release date:
Friday July 23 2010
0 mins

Cast and crew

Vincenzo Natali
Sara Sugarman
Adrien Brody
Delphine Chaneac

Users say (3)

1 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

1.3 / 5

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The underlying plot of DNA science is potentially an exciting basis for a film, but this story decides time and time again to fall back on tired cliches out of laziness. The scientists are two dimensional characateurs working for a company called Nerd of course, and the creature is Dren, geddit? Pure corn, The ending in the woods is rushed and awkward as if time and money ran out during the making, B movie stuff that should have gone straight to video rather than merit a cinema release. That said Delphine Chaneac is quite a looker and deserves better than this.

Once again, time out has given an awful film a over generous star rating! Its an awful film, but I stayed until the end just to see how rediculous it would actually get. All im gonna say is "Dancing scene" - If you have watched this utter tripe you will know what I mean, it just made me cringe. Dont waste youre time & money seeing this.