April 30th, 2004


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A couple agree to have their deceased son cloned, under the supervision of an enigmatic doctor but bizarre things start to happen years after his rebirth.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 4.7/10 (16,220 voted)

Critic's Score: 24/100

Director: Nick Hamm

Stars: Robert De Niro, Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn

After their young son, Adam (Bright), is killed in an accident, a couple (Kinnear, Romijn-Stamos) approach an expert (De Niro) in stem cell research about bringing him back to life through an experimental and illegal cloning and regeneration process. When Adam comes back to them, however, he's.. different...

Greg Kinnear - Paul Duncan
Rebecca Romijn - Jessie Duncan (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Robert De Niro - Richard Wells
Cameron Bright - Adam Duncan
Merwin Mondesir - Maurice, Young Thug
Sava Drayton - Young Thug #2
Jake Simons - Dan Sandler
Elle Downs - Clara Sandler
Edie Inksetter - Footlocker Cashier
Raoul Bhaneja - Samir Miklat
Jenny Cooper - Sandra Shaw (as Jenny Levine)
Thomas Chambers - Jordan Shaw
Munro Chambers - Max Shaw
Jeff Christensen - Hal Shaw
Deborah Odell - Tanya

Taglines: On April 30th, evil is born.


Official Website: Central Partnership [Russia] | Lions Gate Entertainment - The Godsend Institute |

Release Date: 30 April 2004

Filming Locations: King City, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,800,617 (USA) (2 May 2004) (2323 Screens)

Gross: $14,379,751 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Robert De Niro had originally planned on merely providing a brief cameo for the film - however after director Nick Hamm heard De Niro would be interested in his project, he asked De Niro to participate in a few more scenes that were all filmed within a week. De Niro later regretted this because his name was "splashed over all the advertisements".

Continuity: At the beginning of the movie, when Paul is mugged by his former student, he drops the present he is carrying and the wrapping becomes loose. When he picks it up, the wrapping is still intact.

Richard Wells: You think you can just open Pandora's box and close it again?

User Review

Not one to see twice, even with the cloning element.

Rating: 4/10

I guess this film didn't really grip me. You knew from the start where the film was heading, but it seemed to take its sweet time about getting there. Perhaps that's why I found myself nodding off several times, only to be awoken by the obligatory, and repeated use of, shock tactics throughout the film.

I can't really think of anything positive to say about this film, but neither can I say anything greatly negative. It was neither good, nor bad. In fact, watching it was very much like being trapped in limbo. There was little to stimulate the audience's minds through most of the movie.

It's also irritating to see Hollywood moralising about the evils of cloning through the use of film. I'd hesitate to say it was right, but the last thing reasoned debate on the subject needs is idiot screenwriters cashing in on public fears (and fears that are generated by media misrepresentation, at that) and adding more fuel to the fire. What next, a movie about people turning into flies because they ate genetically modified food crops?

This film isn't very good and you won't be seeing it twice even if you do have the foolishness, like me, to watch it once. Lets just hope that this is one film that Hollywood decides NOT to clone in the future.