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Animal

A visually flashy but otherwise flat-footed directing debut by screenwriter Roselyne Bosch (1492: Conquest of Paradise), set in an unspecified, vaguely futuristic Euroland. The title refers to our beastly human selves, and the Jekyll-Hyde story centers on a young scientist (Andreas Wilson, robbed by a lisping accent of the charisma he displayed in the 2003 Swedish hit Evil) who believes that man's inherently predatory nature can be eradicated through neurobiological mumbo jumbo. To prove his point, he inoculates a superstar serial killer with behavior-altering serums that reduce the once-fearsome psychopath to a blubbering, conscience-stricken girly man. Then the fledgling Faust attempts to enhance his own nerdy self with booster shots of aggressiveness. Strained and sometimes silly, Animal could have used a massive injection of the miracle drug irony. 102 min.

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