A young research scientist discovers the cure for cancer. But it's stolen by a big pharmaceutical company before he finds there's a flaw. Is the cure worse than the disease? And how many deaths will the cover-up cost?
In this tense hospital thriller, young research doctor Tom Gray is on the brink of a genetic cure for cancer. Beautiful nurse Casey Gordon, desperate to save the live of a child in her care, seduces Tom into testing his therapy. Early success brings romance into Tom's life for the first time, but Casey has a secret lover whose jealous anger will put their lives in mortal danger, and Tom finds his cure has a darker side. How many deaths will the cover-up cost? Written by
Effective and witty deconstruction of medical dramas
Anyone who has ever nodded off with terminal tedium over a medical novel from the likes of Robin Cook will respond to this genially sarcastic take on the cliché tale of young-medical-researcher-who-goes-too-far. Director Simpson - also, like George "Mad Mad" Miller, an MD -has read every one of these tedious tomes, not to mention seeing the films adapted from them, eg, COMA, LOOKER, and comes to the director's chair fully armed with the scalpel to dissect them. Addressing tropes familiar to readers of contemporary sf novels like Greg Bear's BLOOD MUSIC, he explores them with the same gleeful imagination that Peter Jackson brought to his pre-LORD OF THE RINGS films like BAD TASTE. Viewers savvy enough to tune into Simpson's wavelength will find GENE-X a diverting experience.
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