Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as well-funded rock star scientists who are partners in love and the lab sell this bio-engineering cautionary tale/horror thriller like you wouldn’t believe, or maybe you would given their credentials.
The real standout, though, is Delphine Chaneac as Dren (it’s nerd spelled backwards), who, with her tail, chicken legs and extremely wide-set eyes wearing the pathetic handmade dresses she’s been given, makes a human/animal hybrid poignant, terrifying and sexy.
Yeah, that’s right, I said sexy. There’s some stuff going on here that would make Electra blush as well as terrific CGI and a bloody stockholders meeting that was laugh-out-loud horrifying.
The movie touches on family dynamics and parenting and what can happen when science decides to play God.
They say that your real family is the one you choose, not the one you’re born into, but like Dr. Frankenstein, the creators here have to deal with the family they literally made.