Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn Stamos, Cameron Bright and Robert DeNiro.
Directed by: Nick
speaking? Godsend reeks of the cliché,
"When bad movies happen to good people." Or perhaps
the dreaded K-Pax Flu struck? KPF is when
big talent sits around socializing, smoking cigars and everyone
forgets to read the script through to the END!
the Duncans, Paul (Gregg Kinnear), Jessie (Rebecca
Romijn Stamos) and Adam (Cameron Bright) are a refreshingly adjusted
family; normal and content.
is until the unthinkable happens to the happy unit. Jessie takes
Adam (<- pun surely intended) out birthday shopping. She looks
away from him for two seconds and every parent's nightmare happens
- the boy is struck by a vehicle and killed. The scene is very
disturbing - be warned.
the couple is completely devastated, barely able to breath. While
out grieving one day Jessie's old professor, Dr. Richard "Dick"
Wells (Robert DeNiro) approaches them and offers them the unthinkable
explains by taking a bit of Adam's DNA he can clone the child.
He has the ability to bring their boy back. The "procedure"
which will be done at Dr. Wells' Godsend Institute, is technically
very illegal, morally debatable and just plain old creepy when
you stop and ponder all that soul stuff.
watch a bit of soul searching from the couple themselves, but
perhaps blinded by sorrow and the desire to see their boy grow
up, Paul and Jessie decide to commit to the experiment!
but they are in untreaded waters of science mon cheri le heretics!
And while this kid may look and speak like dearly departed Adam,
there's a whole lot of petrie dish shenanigans behind his baby
and you can count on Dr. Louis Cipher, err, I mean,
DeNiro, err, I mean Wells, not being completely boy scout badge
honest in the disclosure clause of their contract! (Dadadadum
<- insert dramatic extra creepy music here please)
starts out superb, practically brilliant. On top of a nice cast,
it has a cool 1970's horror feel - like say The Changeling
or The Omen films.
Greg Kinnear, who's most definitely blossoming into a heavy cream
style, multi-berried little mantort visually and actor-wise, truly
shines on film. Gosh he's swell
the film's not but he sure
bombshell Rebecca Romijn Stamos shows she can act a bit - she
finally gets a "normal" role. Their child, played by
Cameron Bright, is great. The boy's got that Damien-esque look
about him - he's devilishly cute till he gets mad - then dear
god is the kid unnerving.
what's in the H-E-double hockey sticks is up
with DeNiro? What's an acting legend like this doing crapatini
like this for? Bobby, Bob, Bubbie, take a vacation. Watch some
of your older films (you
can buy them here, try Raging Bull for a career pick-me-up),
have a brandy, then call your agent and demand a real role.
Why am I so hostile towards Godsend? After investing in
the film, buying into the grief that drives one to cloning, indulging
the scientific faux pas
suddenly we take a sharp left, way
past beyond the sea of remotely believable, we are left without
a paddle of information to feed the film's newly inserted logic
and end up adrift in "wha-the-?" land. It's like they
ran out script and improv'd the last hour of the film - it's really
recommendation: Tums© - you'll
need it to watch these talents flounder about.