Species

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For three million years, the human race has been on the top of the evolutionary ladder. Nothing lasts forever.

1995

Genres:
Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller

Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge, Forest Whitaker

Summary:
After years of combing the galaxies and sending signals to space, the organization called SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has received a message back. The transmission is an alien DNA strand as well as instructions on how to splice it with human DNA.

After creating the new hybrid called Sil (Henstridge), scientists monitor her every movement in a confined laboratory. Sil eventually escapes her imprisonment and begins to reveal her deadly alien origins. Most of the time Sil appears as a beautiful woman, but she also has the capability to turn into an armor-plated alien bitch see above pic).

Desperate to mate with a human, Sil travels from person to person attempting to pass on her unique human-threatening genes. Unfortunately most of her mating attempts result in death for her would-be lover. Tracked by a team of scientists led by Xavier Fitch (Kingsley), Sil travels the city increasing her intelligence, strength, and deadliness.

Response:
It's been awhile since I saw this movie, but I remember my fairly ambivalent response to it. It wasn't the worst I've seen, but it wasn't good either. The premise is decent enough, but the movie kind of goes downhill after Sil escapes...Really, how many mating attempts gone awry do we need to see?

The movie's effects and suspense are good up to the last half hour or so when the Sil takes her full-on alien shape. The creators should have kept with the half-revealing shadowy shots like they did in Alien. Instead, they give a clear shot of a shiny alien that actually looks like a metallic version of Carmen Miranda.

The acting isn't bad considering some of the dumb lines the characters are forced to say. Henstridge does her part of the initially confused, later determined, alien. In fact, she's one of the main draws of this movie-- not her limited acting ability, but her body. At regular intervals she'll get naked just to keep the audience entertained. Oh yeah, they say it's cause she's desperate to mate, but who're they kidding? If she were really that desperate, she'd end up leaving her shirt on at least occasionally.

Point Blank:
If you like mediocre, gory sci-fi flick swith kinky alien sex, this is your film. If you don't, steer clear of Species.