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Overall Rating
2.42

Awesome: 6%
Worth A Look: 14%
Average: 24%
Pretty Bad28%
Total Crap28%

3 reviews, 32 user ratings


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Species
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by Ryan Arthur

"Natasha's pretty here. For being nothing more than a board."
2 stars

Passable sci-fi fare bogged down by a script full of holes.

Species opens with a little girl being gassed to death. But in this case, the little girl is played by a pre-Dawson's Creek Michelle Williams, so I was almost okay with it. Alas, little girl escapes, and the military freaks. Why all the hubbub, bub?

Because the little girl, named Sil, is actually a human/alien hybrid, capable of...well, something. We're not exactly sure what. We just know little Sil gets on a train and builds a coccoon around herself, out from which pops an all grown up Sil (Natasha Henstridge), hot and naked and deadly. She wants a mate, big time. So she heads to LA, because as everyone knows, all the best mates are in California.

Hot on her trail is Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley, making the best of a really bad movie), who's assembled a team to help bring her in, including Michael Madsen, Forrest Whitaker, and Marg Helgenberger. They have to stop Sil (who can change into a ooey gooey mess of an alien when she feels threatened) before she mates, because we obviously don't want anymore little Sils running around, do we? So Fitch and his team track her, while Sil tries a little slap and tickle before offing the unsuitable mates.

There's your plot, a weird mishmash of most alien sci-fi flicks, complete with stuff to make you jump that has no bearing on the movie. Good fun, right? Only if you're easily amused.

Of all the performances, only Kingsley seems to be into it. But that's probably just because he's Kingsley. Everyone else is blank, including Henstridge. Granted, that's the way the character is, but she's blank like that in every movie. She's vibrant and smart and funny in interviews and press functions, but turn on the camera and it's goodbye personality. It was her breakout role, I guess, but she's not found the perfect one yet. She's pretty, no doubt there, but it's not enough.

The script is weak and unbearably silly. Sil ages from 10-21 in a matter of minutes. By that logic, she should be dead of old age by around the 45 minute mark. Or, since she's mating with nearly everyone in LA, maybe dead from venereal disease by the 35 minute mark. But then, there wouldn't be a movie, then, would there? The filmmakers take an idea and use it until it's no longer useful, then act as if it wasn't even there in the first place. The dialogue is hokey and obvious, such as when Madsen, stepping over some other poor bastard with his entrails hanging out, says "She must have come past here."

Gee, Mike, ya think?

The alien designs from H. R. Giger are right cool, though, and overall, the movie's paced pretty well. The ending's a groaner.

If you like your T & A mixed with sci-fi, then this one's for you.

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User Comments

10/30/16 morris campbell cool monster nothing more 1 stars
8/21/10 PAUL SHORTT ENJOYABLE, FAST-MOVING AND STYLISH 3 stars
7/30/07 David Risser suks 1 stars
1/27/07 action movie fan engrossing sci/fi horror gore film one of the five best of 1995 4 stars
12/08/06 Sugarfoot Decent,mindless entertainment. 3 stars
10/25/05 chris fox (the god) unbeleiveable sex scenes 5 stars
5/21/05 Jeff Anderson Sometimes very dumb, but entertaining & watchable just the same thanks to the awesome cast! 4 stars
9/20/04 Lord Durvok 2 People give it five stars for having gratuitous T&A... funny. 1 stars
2/25/04 john solid B movie - entertains if you are in the mood 4 stars
1/22/04 American Slasher Goddess Decent "Alien" clone. 3 stars
12/28/03 Monkey What kind of yuppie bowlingball-passing cocksucker made this piece of shit? 1 stars
11/11/03 Nolan Price Campy classic!! 3 stars
4/28/03 Jack Bourbon Natasha's T&A are a godsend. 5 stars
2/18/03 Charles Tatum Ignore the sequel 4 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby A fantastically enjoyable sci-fi thriller. Superbly directed. 4 stars
3/24/02 Zargo yes, fucking awesome, that's what you're seeing to the right there 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver A fine premise for a film. A little slow, but it kept me interested. 3 stars
10/30/01 Ken Jones Simply atrocious. 1 stars
10/15/01 Mr. Hat What kind of yuppie bowlingball-passing cocksucker made this piece of shit? 1 stars
8/31/01 Henry Ginsberg I'm disapointed wwith Ben Kingsly.I thought he had more dignaty than this. 3 stars
6/06/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Friends don't let friends mix Sci-Fi and T&A... 2 stars
6/02/01 Thrillhouse arguably the shoddiest movie ever made 2 stars
5/03/01 Gracy Lionheart BOO!!! BOO!!! Garbage!!! 1 stars
9/28/00 Ground Zero science fiction for pipsqueaks and lowlifes 2 stars
12/05/99 Eric S. Third rate to even the mediocre sci-fi teen thriller "The Faculty" 1 stars
10/03/99 Joe Schmoe worst sci-fi movie i've seen 2 stars
8/19/99 Admiral Crunch boring as hell 2 stars
7/04/99 J-Dogg Another "for-jack-off-purposes-only" flick that struck gold.I actually saw this in theatres 2 stars
4/20/99 Tim If you like gruesome movies this is for you. If you like to see Natasha Henstridge watch it 4 stars
4/02/99 The Incredible Sulk Absolute hogwash sci-fi. 2 stars
3/12/99 Ah Dooey Species II was worse. What a groaner. Not to mention a shoddy ripoff. 2 stars
2/07/99 Don Wilson Not a good science fiction movie, but has some cute tits! 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  07-Jul-1995 (R)
  DVD: 19-Oct-2004

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Australia
  03-Aug-1995 (MA)




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