written and directed by Billy Senese
by Walter Chaw What Billy Senese's small, reasonably smart, moderately ambitious Closer to God really has going for it is that it doesn't make many mistakes along the way to becoming a pleasantly-tame Larry Cohen knock-off. The problem is that it muddies its own waters by engaging in the human-cloning debate, only to fall back on the hoary "clones are monsters" trope and concur that science is bad. Its constantly-mentioned Frankenstein's monster allegory is defeated, too, when our good Dr. Victor(-not-Frankenstein) (Jeremy Childs) turns out to have a couple of adorable moppets of his own, thus negating, generally, the read of the Shelley source material that masculine procreation is spawned by "natural" childlessness. What's faithful is the uncompromising nature of the picture's solution; a pity that its hopelessness is more a product of its missed opportunities than of any pathos generated by its execution.