Vincenzo Natali‘s Splice, starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody as researchers who create a not quite human life form, has seemed like an exiciting prospect from the get-go. The film did well at Sundance, garnering good reviews and an appreciative, if appropriately befuddled reaction from our own David Chen.
Joel Silver, Dark Castle and Warner Bros. quickly made a move to buy the film, and shortly thereafter set a summer release date that surprised a lot of us. This looks like a crazy, dark, Cronenbergian genre film, and to have it bow in the summer? That’s confidence.
Now there’s a trailer for the film that shows the main setup of the story. Check it out after the break.
Before the trailer, here’s a synopsis. Before reading this it might be useful to keep some of David’s reactions in mind. Specifically, “I was expecting a standard-issue monster horror film. What I can state confidently is that Splice is definitely not that...Splice is less a horror film and more a quasi-serious exploration into the implications of playing God.”
Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) are a brilliant couple, biochemists who have figured out how to successfully combine different forms of animal DNA into a single creature. Their breakthroughs have many implications for the fields of science and health, but they have yet to crack the final frontier: an animal-human hybrid. When their superiors threaten to shut down their engineering project and put a stop to any further innovations, Elsa and Ed decide to take matters into their own hands.
Natali said last month that he was going to make some mostly cosmetic, nip and tuck edits to the film. Hopefully that’s all he’s had to do, but if the edits make the movie better, I’m all for them.
MSN has the trailer, which you can also see below. It uses a lot of footage from the clip we posted with David’s Sundance review, but there’s some new stuff in there, too.