Starring: Peter O'Toole, Vincent Spano
Director: Ivan Passer
Edition Details: Region 0, PAL
change, but we do. Take as example this 1985 drama about a Nobel laureate
in genetics (played by Peter O'Toole with his usual bombast) who wishes to
re-clone his wife who has been dead for some 30 years or so. The last
I saw this film was as 19-year-old first year university student upon its
original cinematic release.
Bit of a
hard-to-find item, I jumped at the chance of plucking a DVD copy out of a
bargain bin (along with Hercules in New York
- but that's a different story).
movie wasn't as good as I remembered it to be. Or let me rephrase that:
the concerns expressed in the movie - most of them involving late
adolescent horniness - are no longer as pressing today as they were back
For make no
mistake: Creator never really addresses any of the issues raised by
its sole science fiction element, namely making a clone of a long-dead
beloved, in effect bringing such a person back from the dead again. There are several
problems with Peter O'Toole's scientist character wanting to do this,
starting with the obvious age differences. Let's say O'Toole is 50
(he's actually a lot older in the movie) when he manages to re-clone his
wife. That means by the time his wife is twenty, then he'll be 70.
(Remember: real clones wouldn't be popped ready made out of some vat as
they were in Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent The
The age difference
would just be too big and unless she suffers from some serious Electra
complex, there is really no way that she would actually see anything in
This brings us to
the second problem with O'Toole's scheme. There is nothing to guarantee
that the new clone of his wife would be the same. After all, we are more
than our genetic make-up: we are also the sum of our environments, social
milieu, upbringing, etc. What will they have in common? Twenty years of
M-TV won't exactly result in someone who will find O'Toole's taste in
classical music endearing.
Besides, the idea
just seems so plain wrong . . .
Like I said, none
of these ideas are investigated in Creator. The re-cloned dead
wife conceit is merely used as a metaphor for O'Toole's clinging to the
past and not immediately falling for a 19-year-old Muriel Hemingway (what
is wrong with the man!?). Instead we have two parallel love stories, and even a subplot involving
some interdepartmental university politics and backstabbing. When this
doesn't seem enough there's a drawn-out girlfriend-in-a-coma plot. All set
to an annoying
"uplifting" Terms of Endearment type of tune that
will soon have one gnashing
THE DISC: This
region-free disc is distributed by an outfit called Hollywood
DVD Ltd. which seems to specialize in either long-forgotten movies like
this and The Final Countdown or outright straight-to-video trash such as
Hercules in New York. I picked it up for the price one would pay for
a movie ticket and a popcorn.
What you get is the usual static menu, scene access and crummy looking
trailer. Surprisingly the movie is presented in wide screen (unlike
Hercules) and looks quite good except for some print blemishes and a
pixilated image with some darker scene. Sound is also clear. No extras,
- but not bad for the price of a cinema ticket.
WORTH IT? Creator has its fans who proclaim it as one of the better 1980s rom coms. This it may be, but that
isn't saying much as it is the decade
that brought us the likes of St. Elmo's Fire. I also counted myself as one
of those fans . . . until I saw the movie again.
RECOMMENDATION: An unremarkable movie and an unremarkable DVD. Skip it.