DVD 102 mins IMDB 4.7 (6,019 votes)
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Godsend
Lions Gate Films (2004)
In Collection
#145

My Rating:
6

Seen It:
Yes
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
USA  /  English

Greg Kinnear Paul Duncan
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Jessie Duncan
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
Marcia Bennett Principal Hersch
Zoe Palmer Susan Pierce
Janet Bailey Cora Williams
Devon Bostick Zachary Clark Wells
Deborah Odell Tanya
Rebecca Romijn Jessie Duncan (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Jenny Levine Sandra Shaw
Thomas Chambers Jordan Shaw
Munro Chambers Max Shaw
Jeff Christensen Hal Shaw

Director Nick Hamm
Producer Marc Butan; Cathy Schulman; Sean O'Keefe
Writer Mark Bomback
Cinematography Kramer Morgenthau
Musician Brian Tyler
User Credit 1 Niven Howie; Steve Mirkovich
User Credit 2 Suzanne McCabe

Paul (Greg Kinnear) and Jessie Duncan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) have barely begun the grieving process when Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro) attends the funeral of the Duncans' eight-year-old son, Adam (Cameron Bright), with a pressing question in tow. Head of the Godsend Fertility Clinic, Dr. Wells claims he can use Adam's rapidly dying cells to clone a replica of the boy, though the necessary DNA will only be viable for another 24 hours. The process in itself is completely illegal; not only must Jessie and Paul be forced to relocate, but they will also be forced to sever all ties with friends and family in order to ensure the secret remains so. Within the space of a day, the Duncans consider the legal and ethical implications of such a procedure, ultimately deciding that their love for Adam is enough to trump the law and any high-minded philosophical questions. After resettling in an idyllic town near Dr. Wells' clinic, Jessie is impregnated with the late Adam's living cells, while Paul is given a beautiful home and a more than suitable job. Shortly afterward, the new Adam — seemingly identical to the original Adam in every way — is born and lives a life quite similar to his predecessor until the morning of his eighth birthday. A series of night terrors is the first thing to disturb the Duncans' otherwise serene lifestyle. Adam's violent visions eventually mutate to ill temper, and an aura of menace permeates the aura of a boy who had otherwise been sweetness incarnate from the day of his birth. Eventually, Paul discovers that Dr. Wells is not a pediatrician, but a geneticist, and that their playing God may have been a Faustian bargain of epic proportions. — Tracie Cooper

Edition Details
Barcode 031398163251
Region Region 1
Chapters 24
Release Date 8/17/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material.
User Text 2 Adam Duncan. Born: December 11, 1987. Died: December 12, 1995. Born September 23, 1996.
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Notes
Trivia: Before the release of this movie, Lions Gate Films set up two official websites: one conventional site with movie information, and one site that appeared to be a promotional tool for the (fictional) cloning institute depicted in the movie. The website gave an email address and phone number (1-888-699-2672) for the "Godsend Institute;" calling the number resulted in a recorded message giving the institute's office hours. Several news outlets reported that when a few bereaved parents called or emailed the fake institute to inquire about having their children genetically reconstituted, the studio started responding to them and explaining that it was just a movie tie-in and not a real laboratory. Similar advertisements for fictional medical procedures and clinics were also produced as parts of the advertising campaigns for Gattaca (1997) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). (more)

Goofs: 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. (more)

Quotes:
Jessie Duncan: What took you so long?
Paul Duncan: I ran into an old student, I got held up.
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