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USA: Lions Gate Films
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Robert De Niro, Cameron Bright, Merwin Mondesir, Sava Drayton, Jake Simons, Elle Downs, Edie Inksetter, Raoul Bhaneja, Jenny Levine, Thomas Chambers, Munro Chambers, Jeff Christensen, Deborah Odell, Jordan Scherer, Ingrid Veninger, Al Bernstein, Tracey Hoyt, Leslie Ann Coles, Marcia Bennett, Mari Trainor, Ann Holloway, Zoie Palmer, Janet Bailey, Devon Bostick, Matthew Peart, Andrew Chalmers, Sara Tough, Claire Sheasgreen, Melanie Tonello, Matt Robinson, Nancy Hochman, Chris Britton
Director: Nick Hamm
Countries: USA / Canada
UK: 102 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and moderate horror
USA Release Date: 30 April 2004
UK Release Date: 2 July 2004
If you lost what you loved most in this world,
what would you be willing to do to get it back?
This is the impossible question confronting Paul (Greg Kinnear) and Jessie (Romijn-Stamos) Duncan when they lose their beloved son, Adam, to a tragic accident. The chance to bring their son back through untested science carried out in secret draws them into a horror they could not imagine and a Faustian pact that they could not foresee.
Following the death of their eight year-old son on his birthday, Jessie and Paul are befriended by a doctor (Robert DeNiro) on the forefront of genetic research at the height of their mourning. He leads the couple in a desperate attempt to reverse the rules of nature and clone their son. The experiment is successful and under Richard's watchful eye, Adam grows into a healthy and happy young boy, until his 8th birthday.
As time goes by, the Duncan's gradually start to see small, subtle differences between the new Adam and the Adam they lost. At the time of the new Adam's 8th birthday, the changes in character are more pronounced. Adam grows distant and fearful as a palpable sense of menace settles within the young boy. This Adam begins to suffer from night terrors and frightening flashbacks as a sinister personality begins to emerge.
Paul and Jessie cannot escape the fact that this Adam is different. Terror settles on the couple as they try to come to terms with just what they have done, or what has been done to them.
Love and loss form the center of both the compelling drama as well as the disturbing psychological horror of GODSEND. "The script presents a drama with an accessible emotional undercurrent and inside that are the horror elements," observes the director Nick Hamm. "What is truly powerful and interesting, and ultimately most frightening," he says, "is human behavior — more specifically, human behavior under duress."
With an extraordinary cast — Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Robert De Niro, and a new discovery: Cameron Bright as eight-year-old Adam — Nick Hamm takes Mark Bomback's original and emotionally terrifying script and grounds the horror firmly in the psyches of his characters. Interweaving an intense psychological thriller with the universal themes of parental love, loss and hope, GODSEND is a taut character-driven film as timely as it is chilling.
Subtitle: English Hard of Hearing
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (16x9)
Sound Quality: English 5.1
DVD Special Features:
Feature commentary (with director Nick Hamm and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau)
Audio track commentary
4 alternate endings
4 commentaries for alternate endings
Director's video diary