Species
Species
R | 07 July 1995 (USA)
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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.

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NekoHomey

Purely Joyful Movie!

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Afouotos

Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.

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Robert Joyner

The plot isn't so bad, but the pace of storytelling is too slow which makes people bored. Certain moments are so obvious and unnecessary for the main plot. I would've fast-forwarded those moments if it was an online streaming. The ending looks like implying a sequel, not sure if this movie will get one

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Mathilde the Guild

Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.

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Wuchak

Released in 1995, "Species" chronicles events after SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) receives a transmission from outer space detailing alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. This gives birth to Sil, a girl (Michele Williams) who escapes and rapidly grows into a statuesque blond obsessed with mating (Natasha Henstridge). Government agent Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) assembles a team to locate and destroy Sil before she finds a mate and breeds. The team includes a tough mercenary (Michael Madsen), an anthropologist (Alfred Molina), a molecular biologist (Marg Helgenberger) and an empath (Forest Whitaker).I saw "Species" years ago and, for some reason, developed an eye-rolling attitude toward it; maybe it was due to Roger Ebert's negative review, I don't know. In any case, I'm glad I gave it a fresh viewing because this is a top-of-the-line sci-fi/adventure/horror flick. People look down on it because of the nudity and mild sex scenes, which prompts them to disdain it as exploitive and trashy. While Natasha Henstridge is a good-lookin' woman, she doesn't do anything for me (I prefer shorter, rounder women) so I was able to totally overlook this element and focus on the film's other attributes.For one, the score by Christopher Young is excellent. Secondly, the A-list cast is a highlight and their characters are increasingly fleshed-out in the story. Lastly, while people understandably write-off the movie as a Grade B plot with Grade A production, there's more here than meets the eye. For instance, Sil is the innocent pawn of the extraterrestrials who sent the DNA (more on this below). Another example is the excellent character of Dan (Whitaker) whom whiners complain about as "always pointing out the obvious" when the movie shows over and over that he DOES know things the others don't and they ignore him to their own peril. Dan is necessary so that the team knows what direction the creature takes on repeated occasions; without Dan we'd see them pursue one boring dead-end after another.While snobby film critics love to hate "Species" it's a thoroughly entertaining sci-fi adventure with an interesting moral and a great cast of characters. If you like films like "Alien," "Aliens," "Terminator," "Terminator 2" and "Predator" you'll probably appreciate it. It may not be as good as "Aliens," "Terminator" and "Terminator 2," but it's on par with "Alien" (and marginally better IMHO) and superior to "Predator." Then again, it depends on what you want in a sci-fi blockbuster. As far as I'm concerned, "Species" delivers the goods.The film runs 108 minutes and was shot in the areas of Los Angeles and Brigham City, Utah.GRADE: A- ***SPOILER ALERT*** (Don't read further unless you've seen the movie) The theory is postulated by the mercenary and biologist that the alien DNA was sent as a biological weapon, a "weed killer" from outer space to wipe out the galactic weed of earth or, more accurately, the human race that inhabits it. It's a fascinating concept and the film compellingly realizes it.

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Dom Nickson

I really liked how they got the female as the main villain of this film. I also really enjoyed most of the acting. The only person that had no point in being in this film was the worst actor ever, Forest Whitaker! He had absolutely no point in this film! He should of got killed I think because otherwise his character had no meaning at all being in this film! There's this one scene he says, "She walked over there!" Then I said, "No duh you stupid idiot!" My god I don't know how he ever got in the acting business because he is the dullest and worst actor I have ever seen in my life! I hope to never see him in a film ever again because he really destroyed the film for me. I liked everybody else though because they all were very believable scientific characters. It's a 7 out of 10 due to all the violence that happened all because a female alien just wants to have kids.

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AaronCapenBanner

A surprisingly strong cast of solid actors(past & future Academy Award winners Ben Kingsly & Forest Whitaker among them!), and a good director(Roger Donaldson) all involved in a trashy Sci-Fi story about an alien replicated from captured DNA in a secret government experiment, being pursued by a crack team of scientists and soldiers after she escapes, and wrecks havoc across the city as it becomes determined to reproduce its species on Earth, or die trying...Nothing new or original in this story at all, certainly not thought-provoking Science Fiction, but is slickly put together, though why such fuss was made about such low-rent material is unknown...

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LeonLouisRicci

This is a B Movie trapped in an A Production. It tries to break free of its Fancy-Pants foundation and succeeds with some Charm. There is a Name Cast here headlined by an Oscar Winner, Ben Kingsley giving what must be the worst Performance of his Career. The Scene in the Lab when the Scientist are trapped with the "New Alien" is downright deplorable and He and the Director should be ashamed.The Movie is a lot of Sci-Fi and Horror Movie Fun. The central theme here is Sex overlaid by all the Gore and expensive SFX and Action. It is a Sex Story (think Kinsey and Freud on Acid), and is the prime of this pump.The Sex is sexy, the Violence is violent, the Gore is gory, the Alien looks Alien, and the Script is, well that's the rub. The Dialog is sometimes so Corny, Clichéd, and Bad that one can only hope that it was an attempt at Cheap Laughs and aimed at less than the usual Cerebral Sci-Fi intellect. But who knows. Most of this isn't even as good as those "penny a word" Pulps.Overall this will not disappoint Fans of Fangoria and Cinefantastique and casual Folks slumming for a Thrill, but this isn't really anything more than an Entertaining Movie based on past expectations to do nothing more and nothing less at the Drive-In or a Saturday Matinée.

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