Clive and Elsa are the best scientists in their field. Splicing together the genes of several animals they have managed to bring into existence a new kind of creature, the protein of which could be highly profitable. But experimenting for a large corporate firm doesn't satisfy their scientific curiosity. After secretly adding human DNA into their formula Clive and Elsa soon realise they may have made a mistake; a big mistake. A mistake that seems to be ageing, growing and transforming at an incredible rate. An uncontrollable mistake that's about to break loose and rip their world apart into tiny pieces.
The plot held a lot of promise with 2 scientists creating a creature made up of a mish-mash of DNA. What have they made? Can they control it? What are the social consequences? The presence of Adrien Brody heightened my expectations somewhat (he being 'The Pianist').
I have enjoyed previous films of similar ilk: the 'Alien' series, 'Gattaca' and "Species". However, I was very disappointed. Initially I was quite excited to see a portrayal of geeky scientists (true to my experience), but then found myself disappointed and slightly cringing at obvious flaws, e.g. the creature they have created had originally 3 fingers and later develops 5. Also, what happened to the nasal spikes (seen in the child-monster but not in the adult).
The storyline is wobbly with the creation of a miracle protein which only takes a few hours to make (hmmm!). And there being a handy ovum ready for insemination with the hybrid DNA. The film is also rather sexist, associating a male creature with aggression and a female creature with being passive and wanting to look pretty. Hmmmm.
It was sad to see a film commencing with a scientific edge descending into a mishmash of unrealistic predictability. Fire your agent Mr Brody.
When performing in vitro fertilisation it is hammy to say the least when a computor pop up states the outcome and further pop ups update onlookers to the progress. Maybe CSI is to blame for dramatising the science lab to such an extent as to lead us to expect instant and exciting experiments. It doesn't work. It can work, I think Sahara combines science with drama well. The horror doesn't really go with the academic stuff.
On a positive note there were ethical issues that were explored regarding gene technology and commercialism. How did they do the creature? Must have been a mixture of techniques. That was pretty convincing.