DVD - 2010
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Two young scientists become superstars by splicing different animal DNA to create fantastical new creatures. Ignoring legal and ethical boundaries, the scientists, who are romantically involved, introduce human DNA into their experiment and risk the dawn of a terrifying new era.


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Sep 27, 2018

This drama/thriller film is like nothing that I have really seen before. The movie is about geneticists who have found a way to combine human DNA with the DNA of other animal species. Forced to do experiments in secret, they produce a creature named Dren. The creature seems friendly enough at first, but as it grows it develops into a threat. My favourite thing about this movie was the special effects that made Dren look so human-like and creature like throughout the film. There were some really creepy and intense moments, as well as some more light-hearted ones. I would rate this movie 4/5 stars and recommend it to those who like science-fiction films. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Sep 06, 2017

Sarah Polley does an excellent job but overall the movie was sadly predictable. You splice human DNA into an organism and it all goes to hell. The final ending was a little more of a suprise and the sex changing could have used some more explaining.

Dec 01, 2016

This disk seems damaged.
The feature won't run.

Feb 01, 2016

Thoroughly disgusting horror movie. Infanticide, jump scares, lots of blood, monster rapes. Skip this one!

Nov 08, 2015

All considered, this is a film more disturbing than scary or even creepy. I would not recommend the title to anyone, as there is nothing novel or creative enough to justify sitting through the film. The film goes for some unimaginative queasiness with the sex (and rape) scenes. The characters are detestable, but I have a hard time hating them when there is so little substance to actually hate. We watched this with a larger group on a projector, and people couldn't stop laughing at the dialogue. A number of us had the film figured from the first few scenes.

Not a truly horrible film, but nothing even really good. It feels like a rather neat short story was spliced with a "horror film" adaptation and just kinda...fell flat.

Jan 23, 2015

A great Sci-Fi/Horror, but not for the meek. This movie had some pretty disturbing scenes, but I felt they went well with the theme of the movie and didn't distract from the plot. I do have to say that while I did enjoy this movie very much, the characters made some rather silly decisions that I felt wouldn't have happened with real scientists. A good example of the old saying "don't take your work home with you".

Definitely check this out if you're a sci-fi or horror fan.

KarenE61 Dec 15, 2014

Not for the squeamish or easily offended, this movie could be the poster child for Science Gone Wrong. It's like that multi-vehicle collision we slow down to gawk at on the highway, or the building on fire that we watch, open-mouthed, as it burns to the ground: horrifying, yet fascinating. Dren, as she progresses from innocent hatchling to--well, you'll see--evokes pity, wonder, and dread...sometimes within the same breath. On the surface, this movie is a debacle of the demented, a train wreck of twisted minds. However, it does raise some interesting questions about the boundaries of human intervention in the natural world...and the price we're willing to pay for exceeding them.

BookReviewer2015 Oct 11, 2014

A horrific thriller in which science goes very, very, very wrong for a nice couple!

Perfect spooky Halloween film!

May 01, 2014

A Canadian sci-fi that dealt with the horrific risks in inter species gene splicing. The imaginative story delved into moral perils when the genetically engineered being did not turn out as designed, or hoped, but evolved into a violent hermaphrodite ... great humanoid special effects but with shocking images. Movie got high marks in both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb critics; also was the highest-grossing Canadian feature film in English in 2010 per wiki.

Sep 19, 2013

Well, if you think that pedophilia, incest, bestiality, and rape are fine and romantic, then you'll enjoy this movie. It is terrible in so many ways. It is not a horror, or sci-fi for that matter. It is a fetish film in which the creature is the "child" of the couple, is reptilian with the face of a human infant, is dressed in woman's clothing, and has sex with both parents as it changes gender, and did I mention rape? I hate that some film makers have the funds to release rubbish like this in theater and dvd. while truly brilliant and original writers and film makers are not lucky enough to have that funding. Honestly, the library should not have a copy of this, and being a film critic and watcher of hundreds of films, it takes a lot of terrible aspects for a movie to make it onto my "don't waste 2 hours of life with this crap" list.

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Jun 11, 2011

Sexual Content: Sexual violence; Sexual intimacy with female frontal nudity.

Jun 11, 2011

Violence: There are several disturbing deaths as well as a maiming scene.

Jun 11, 2011

Coarse Language: There was liberal use of the f-word with an occasional s-word thrown in.

Mar 28, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Mar 28, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Mar 28, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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KarenE61 Dec 17, 2014

KarenE61 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

N4man89 Jan 10, 2012

N4man89 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Jun 11, 2011

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Mar 28, 2011

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Mar 23, 2011

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May 10, 2014

Clive: Come on, this is illegal. We're gonna
go to jail for this. Open the door.

Elsa: Human cloning is illegal.
This won't be human, not entirely.

Clive: What? What are you doing?

Elsa: Relax. We won't take it to term.
We need to know if we can
generate a sustainable embryo.
Then we destroy it. No one will know.
Clive: What's the point if you can't publish?
Elsa: To be sure we really did it.
To know for sure.
You're telling me you don't need to know?
Clive: This is not so simple.
There are moral considerations.

Elsa: Millions of people are suffering
and dying with no hope.
We might have the key to saving them.
What are the moral considerations
of that?

Clive: xyzz.
Elsa: Exactly.

Jun 11, 2011

Clive [sarcastic]: "Oh, we'll just make them." ,,, Elsa: "Yeah, we will. You know why? Because 'Wired' doesn't interview losers." ,,, Clive: "Hmm, sometimes I forget those basic scientific principles."

Mar 25, 2011

Elsa Kast: If you could understand crazy, it wouldn't be crazy.


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Mar 25, 2011

Two young rebellious scientists are told by their employers to halt groundbreaking work that has seen them produce new creatures with medical benefits by splicing together multiple organisms' DNA. They decide to secretly continue their work, but this time splicing in human DNA.

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