Former Bond girl Eva Green (opens in new tab) and current Doctor Who (opens in new tab) Matt Smith (opens in new tab) team up for this distinctly odd love-story-cum-sci-fi-drama in which Green’s grief-stricken woman has herself impregnated with the embryonic clone of her dead childhood sweetheart (Smith). It all gets sticky and Oedipal, though, when her son grows up and maternal love starts blurring perilously with sexual attraction.
With her roles in this film and last year’s Perfect Sense (opens in new tab), Green appears to be the go-to girl for half-baked Euro sci-fi allegories. With good reason: few are more adept at giving a mad glint to seemingly sane characters. As her soul-mate-cum-son, Smith fares less well, veering between stroppiness and gormless bewilderment.
Stylishly shot on Germany’s chilly North Sea coast (but set, seemingly, in England), Clone (opens in new tab) looks good and may get under your skin - if you can put up with the story’s glacial pace, which is so creepingly slow that it’s no wonder that the token of the pair’s childhood love is a snail.
Released in London's West End on Friday 4th May and on Blu-ray & DVD from Arrow Films on Monday 7th May.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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