Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Godsend (2004)


Written by Mark Bomback
Directed by Nick Hamm

Paul Duncan....Greg Kinnear
Jessie Duncan....Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Adam Duncan....Cameron Bright
Richard Wells....Robert Deniro

The Duncan’s are a loving family living in the sometimes-tough big city. Paul is a biology teacher, and a damn fine one, too; His wife Jessie is an up-and-coming photographer; and their 8 year old son Adam is your typical, if somewhat spoiled, youngster. But when a freak car-accident cuts Adam’s life tragically short, the grieving parents are approached by Dr. Richard Wells with an offer they can’t refuse. Wells has developed the means to clone human cells and place them in vitro, which would effectively find young Adam reborn. Granted, the procedure has never been performed on humans before (making Adam a suitable moniker for the first candidate), so it’s plausible that something somewhere along the way could go awry.

The Duncan’s accept the deal, and the new Adam does indeed appear exactly the same as the old, right down to the difficult delivery. But when he surpasses the age at which the original Adam died, he begins to suffer from night terrors and horrible nightmares involving another unseen boy calling himself Zachary. While Paul theorizes that these dreams are actually Adam recalling his previous life, Dr. Wells assures them that it is just a common sleep disorder that he will eventually grow out of. Whatever it is, it has startling effects on Adam’s behavior.

Robert Deniro plays the role of the brilliant scientist quite well, dropping the New York tough-guy shtick that comprises most of his usual repertoire. Rebecca Stamos is pleasant as ever to look at and admirably plays the concerned mother. Greg Kinnear also turns out a solid performance, playing the rather bland everyman quite convincingly because, well, that’s precisely what Greg Kinnear is. Cameron Bright could quite possibly turn into a gifted actor given time, and this film proves that.

The scientific jargon (inevitable in films of this sort) seemed convincing enough, at least to this layman. It’s an emotional trip right off the bat, made horrific by the ethical and moral questions that the concept raises. Only the dream sequences seem a bit heavy-handed at times, which is forgivable. The film comes off like a cross between Vanilla Sky, Flatliners and The Good Son, as written by Robin Cook. The ending falls apart, unfortunately, leaving us a bit disappointed. All in all, this film isn’t going to be winning any awards, but it’s not nearly as bad as many people write it off as being.

So if you had the chance to restore life using life, would you? To paraphrase Jessie Duncan, when it comes to the benefit of your family, sometimes ethics need to take a back seat.

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Rated PG-13
102 minutes
United States/Canada

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