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In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye.
Naked Natasha on the prowl for a baby daddy. Michelle way before Heath. An unlucky hobo. A curious conductor. A fight with a blob. Mr. Blonde is a man of action. A hyper-sensitive Ghost Dog. Toilet ownage. The French Kiss of Death. A Samaritan's last good deed. A CSI flashes a boob. Alfred's hotel surprise turned nightmare. Nude carjacking. Gandhi's final swim. Alien hunting in a sewer. Baby aliens like to eat rats. Natasha Henstridge, the 90's version of Mathilda May.
Never before has the science fiction/horror genre been defined as completely as it has been in that Molina/Henstridge sex scene.
Some science-fiction films age badly. When the film in question was more famous for a bit of nudity than its actual story however, a revisit can prove deeply disappointing once the viewer has grown up a little. I remember Natasha Henstridge flashing her bits back in 1995 and finding her a rather effective and interesting addition to the alien genre, but with all due respect to director Roger Donaldson, this isn't that great.
When Ben Kingsley lays out the story of SIL to the gathered scientists, empath, and bounty-hunter, it makes perfect sense. The inclusion and mention of SETI and then an answer from outer space which has provided Kingsley and his cohorts with some dodgy DNA combinations, this then…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gandhi tries to gas Marilyn Monroe. Things go awry.
Gandhi hires a crack team made up of Doctor Octopus, Mr. Blonde, Ghost Dog and Catherine Willows (C.S.I specialist) to track down Monroe. Unbeknownst to them Marilyn Monroe has morphed into a giant vagina and spewed forth a Canadian fashion model with a thing for turning into a monster that has tentacles coming out of her nipples. Nevertheless our hardy team succeed in tracking her down and making things difficult for the mammary monster, so she decides to cut off her thumb and dye her hair in a bid to lose their scent. It kinda works.
Canadian fashion model takes the game to them and tricks Doctor Octopus into having smex…
This film exists because someone saw Alien and thought "Well..this is pretty good, but it clearly needs more nipple tentacles." The monster demands a mate!
The film opens immediately with a young blonde girl (a young Michelle Williams actually) trapped in a research facility (the one from The Fly 2?). She is project Sil, a hybrid between alien and human. As the researchers attempt to gas her to death, she escapes. It isn't long before she is fully grown and looking to mate with a human man. For some reason that takes a blonde bombshell a very long time. She hits the clubs, the sewers, and the motel from Memento. But the scientist has put together a special team of…
AN INTERVIEW WITH BEN KINGSLEY.
Ben: (sits down) hi...
Me: Hi... Glad you could join us!
Ben: And happy to be here!
Me: Okay... So... I guess I'll start wiiiith (looking through notes on my lap)... What was it like working with the director?
Ben: (asking self) What was it like working with the director...? Hmmmm... Gosh, I honestly don't know!
Me: You don't?!
Ben: No! I'm afraid not...
Me: okaaaay (looking over notes) Hmm, it says here you had the hots for the alien... Is that true?
Ben: Ahh, I don't understand the question... And besides the point, that's a rather odd & pointless thing to ask... Don't you think?!
Me: Now, Ben... It was only a simple harmless question...…
This is pure 1990s sci-fi horror at its cheesiest. SETI gets a response from an alien that seems to be a DNA strand that is meant to be spliced into human DNA to fix our problems. They decide to create a woman, but an attempt to terminate her just leads to her escaping (oops). So, she goes on the lam and, through the process of metamorphosis turns into a hot babe with her biological clock busting through the back of her head. So, an all star hunt and destroy team made up of: a bounty hunter, a scientist (who gets it on with the bounty hunter), an engineer (who wants the scientist), the worst empath ever, and Ghandi.
Not quite as visually spectacular as I remember it being. That being said, it was one of the very first films that used motion-capture CGI, so it is not surprising it has improved in the last 20 years. Also, this has some very 90s and very LA things going on. As a time-capsule it is fun, but it occasionally hinders the film. Still quite enjoyable tho!
Grrr..... Still an exciting film.
The excellent special effects and game cast could have used a stronger script.
Bereits der Vorspann macht es klar: "Species" möchte gern "Alien – Das unheimliche Wesen aus einer fremden Welt" sein. Gestaltung, Musik, das Kreaturendesign von H.R. Giger, dem geistigen Vater des aus dem großen Vorbild bekannten Xenomorphs – Regisseur Roger Donaldson weiß, wo er für Inspiration (und Plagiate) schauen muss.
Leider verliert sich der Vergleich mit Ridley Scotts Klassiker sehr schnell, denn was nach dem durchaus atmosphärischen Vorspann folgt, ist ein Malen-nach-Zahlen-Monsterfilm ohne die innere Logik von "Alien", geschweige denn dessen Gespür für Bilder, Charaktere und Situationen. Manchmal blitzen im Drehbuch von Dennis Feldman durchaus diskussionswürdige Ansätze auf, die aber niemals ein selbstreflexives Level erreichen und sich den billigen Horroreffekten unterordnen müssen.
Only watching these because they leave prime at the end of the month. Whitaker doesn't get enough credit. Madsen being Madsen. Henstridge and Helgenberger are ok. Some unfortunate CGI. Good enough
As a kid, I wanted to see Species so badly. I'd caught snippets of it and it looked like such a film for adults — ie: sex and violence — which is quite funny in hindsight as this is really stupid movie. When Species is in sleazy mode, it's entertaining. Natasha Henstridge's casting is perfect, and scenes where she's on the prowl are a lot of fun. Its practical effects are super gross and gooey, especially a Gremlins-esque birthing bit towards the end. But everything else kind of sucks. The film is packed with horribly outdated CGI. Most of its star-studded cast look bored beyond belief. The film plods along predictably, and, outside its brief forays into sleaze and goo, it's mostly a dull affair. There's definitely a better film hidden in here somewhere. Had Species been made in the mid to late 80s, it would have been incredible.
It's really hard not to read this movie as a metaphor for the dangers of female sexuality because it's barely even a metaphor here. Literally the plot of this film is a sexy young humanoid alien who's trying to mate and a group of scientists who are trying to stop her. I haven't seen any of the sequels but I know they devolve into soft-core porn, but this one is still making a pretense of being legitimate. The one place I think that fails is in the dialogue, which is awkward and stagey. Otherwise this is a decent creature-horror flick that could never get made today unless Sil was the hero (actually I would LOVE to see that).
I did not remember Michelle Williams was in this. There should be an Oscar for casting directors, but given years after the movie's release.
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