‘Clone’ starring Matt Smith and Eva Green.
Romantic and cute, then all sorts of though provoking - if you watch Clone and don’t get into an argument with someone over the idea of human cloning I owe you a medal. Or some more argumentative friends.
For Matt Smith fans – of which there are plenty. You get two lots of Matt for your money. Kind of.
Rebecca (Eva Green) and Tommy (Matt Smith) spend a summer together as children before Rebecca’s family move to Tokyo. Twelve years later Rebecca comes back, seeks out Tommy and begin the relationship hinted at during their childhood.
After a fatal accident, a distraught Rebecca is unable to face the thought of never seeing Tommy again. She opts to give birth to his clone and raise him as her own son.
Rebecca struggles with how to deal with being in love with the person she is raising as her son. As he grows to look more like the adult Tommy the emotional confusion deepens.
Surprisingly for a science fiction, well anything really, the scenario is believable. Cloning is set in an understandable and remarkably day to day context and the motivations behind creating a clone are entirely plausible.
Clone looks lovely. In a bleak sort of way. With a lot of moody beach scenes and shots, pretty much regardless of the action. Romance, heartbreak and inner turmoil play out against the same background.
It has a decidedly calm feel to it. The story never really picks up the pace, even the usually frantic Smith is subdued-ish. Instead it unravels steadily. With the odd moment of madness such as the accident which kills Tommy and the culmination of Rebecca and Tommy’s relationship - when the truth is finally revealed.
Confusingly it is also billed as ‘Womb’ – same film, different title. And yes, you get to see his bum.
Who’s that face?
Matt Smith (Doctor Who) plays Tommy
Eva Green (Camelot) plays Rebecca
Hannah Murray (Skins) plays Monica
Natalia Tena (Harry Potter) plays Rose – she’s on screen for a minute or two, go get a cup of tea and you’ll miss her.
Lesley Manville will probably be a familiar face too. She’s pretty much been in a different TV series or mini-series every year for the last 20 years.