Human Cloning Film Is Scary View Of The Future
The year's creepiest conspiracy-related film opens in New York on Friday, and it should turn people off human cloning completely by the time it arrives on DVD.
Womb, from Hungarian director Benedek Filegauf, stars Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Dreamers) as a woman who decides to clone her dead boyfriend (Matt Smith, of Doctor Who fame), give birth and raise it/him, then… well, you don't really want to know the rest. (Suffice it to say it involves sex, lust and a disturbing mommy-son/boyfriend bath scene.)
Taking place in a future English seaside town where human cloning is part of everyday life, the film shows how disturbing the idea of replicants really will be. Who's to stop you from cloning an evil dictator or serial killer and raising them in secret? How will anyone stop you from cloning endless children and building an army to take down the government and carry out martial law?
The other characters in the film are not as brainless as Green's: her dead boyfriend's parents, for instance, are against the cloning procedure, one of the film's most interesting and believeable moments, strangely enough; you'll find yourself agreeing with the community at large, even though they come across as bigots; one character is referred to as a "victim of artificial incest," while the other moms in town think clones are not worthy of being around their own kids.
The subtext seems to be some sort of meditation on prejudices against homosexuals or minorities, but the viewer eventually prefers the bigots to the main character, and the movie is more or less in a tailspin of uncomfortable sexual situations from then on.
In one scene, the clone boy — unaware of his own status as a clone — tells his mother he can spot a clone because of their "window cleaner smell." Is that how human cloning will come to us? With a fresh and clean smell, deceptively leading us to believe the whole process is harmless and pure?
Womb opens in select cities, including New York, on March 30th.
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