It's 1963 and Elisa (Sally Hawkins) has spent her life trying to be as normal as possible, despite the fact that people rarely see her that way. She is a mute, which means there are few career opportunities for her at that time. But she does manage to land a job at a top secret government laboratory as a janitor, her brief being to get in, clean up and get out. Her life of silent solitude has left her curious to what's going on at her workplace, however, and she soon discovers that her bosses are hiding something deeply disturbing.
In a large tank of water she discovers a humanoid alien of sorts (Doug Jones), scaly and amphibious, and something about him makes her feel sympathy for him. She decides to visit him everyday, teach him about the world and how to communicate in the only way she knows how. She feels a bond with him; both of them are essentially trapped in the same lab, and both are thought of by society as outcasts in one way or another. But Elisa is in no danger of being dissected for science.
Her boss, Strickland (Michael Shannon), has no empathy for this incredible Amazonian creature. He is only interested in what he can gain from his prisoner. Elisa has no choice but to plan an rescue mission, though if she succeeds she'll surely be caught and arrested. But this isn't about being brave, it's about being human.
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Will Rodman, is a scientist who's hugely dedicated to his job in the hope that he'll find a cure for the degenerative illness Alzheimer's. Having developed a formula that looks to reverse some of the damage done to the brain, his lab begins to test the medication on apes.
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Clive and Elsa (Brody and Polley) are biochemists working for a monolithic pharmaceutical corporation, splicing together animal DNA to find proteins that can treat diseases. When their latest experiment successfully produces Fred and Ginger, a pair of living creatures in a new blob-like species, the company boss (Maicanescu) tells them to now focus on finding something that will make money.
But Elsa continues in secret to create a human hybrid, despite Clive's moral hesitation. Keeping a project like this secret isn't easy, but containing it proves to be the real challenge.
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Clive and Elsa are young and motivated scientists, they work in the field of genetic engineering and their latest project is one of the most ambitious assignments anyone has ever faced. Financed by a private pharmaceutical company their plan is to create a new animal hybrid, an idea the couple feel will be a successful project; when they approach asking to further the project by combining animal and human DNA they are turned down.
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Canadian Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher) brings his perverse sense of humor and advanced ability at working with green screens to this quirky flick, a balls-out comedy with an absurd high concept: Two lovable losers (David Hewlett and Andrew Miller), through no fault of their own, find themselves about to be beseiged by IRS agents and the police (for crimes they didn't commit). In a supreme act of silliness, they wish for their troubles to stop. And so they do. Literally. Everything outside their rundown apartment vanishes. Everything! Even the ground and sky disappear, replaced by an endless sea of white in which their home strangely perches.
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