Paul and Jessie Duncan (Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) experience the loss of their only son, Adam (Cameron Bright), in a freak accident. His death hollows them out from the depths of their souls. In this horror thriller, Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro), a stem-cell research scientist, tells the Duncans that they can have their son back. While admittedly an illegal procedure, Dr. Wells can take DNA cells from their deceased child, regenerate them, and Adam can be born once again. The Duncans face the reality that what they’re doing is immoral but conclude that when it comes to their son, ethics must take a back seat. The consequences of having Adam secretly cloned become more keenly apparent after the second child passes the age of the first child’s death. Godsend delivers a powerful, suspenseful presentation with many twists and turns.
“Godsend” deals with the heartfelt emotions of parental love, the study and experimentation of scientific scholars, and identity issues for a struggling child. Upsetting dreams leave him with two identities — who he is and who he was. Adam’s dreams are scary, and his involuntary movement in and out of reality is mysterious. There is a single sex scene between husband and wife, which is not graphic but is there nonetheless. And the flagrant misuse of God’s name should make viewers question if this film is a Godsend.