|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Forest Whitaker, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, Alfred Molina|
|Collections:||100 Feisty Females|
|Run time:||2 hours 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Feb 2000|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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Better than the sequel - not difficult mind you!By James Pryde from Edinburgh, Scotland , 09 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A classy cast including Alfred Molina, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger & Natasha Henstridge help to make Species rise above it's essentially B-movie roots.
The film starts off very well, with some interesting ideas about contact with other planets and mankind's obsession with dabbling in genetic tampering. However, in the end this turns into one big bug hunt albeit a rather nicely done bug hunt.
The special effects are, for the time, very impressive and Natasha Hentridge looks incredible throughout.
Entertaining stuff, grab a six pack and a pizza, kick back and enjoy....
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Silly yet entertainingBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 22 Aug 2012Scientists create girl from Alien DNA, becomes dangerous, decide to kill girl, she escapes, head scientist assembles team of experts to catch her, girl has other ideas.
Slightly silly yet entertaining sci-fi/horror romp which still has some decent sfx considering when it was made although the story isnt that original.
Dialogue isnt great but saved by Michael Madsens tough talking hunter and Natasha Henstridge looks fantastic in her femme fatale with a twist role.
The beastie was designed by HR Geiger so it does have some similarities to the Alien series but with almost a Metropolis face and is done pretty well for most of the film.
The best thing (apart from Natasha) though is the score from Christopher Young which is atmospheric, beautiful and dramatic.
Really Not For Me!By Richie77777 (274 reviews) from Essex , 05 Jun 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI've previously seen one of the Species sequels, (I can't remember which one) and I hope that this one is better, (because I didn't like the sequel).
A few minutes in I just don't think this film will be for me.. but none the less I will endeavour to review it!
So I presume she is being murdered at the start of the film.
Also, amazingly the trailer seems to have given away alot of what happens in this movie!
I think the blond haired female character is in a sequel too.
So it appears she doesn't peel a banana when eating it!
Ben Kingsley must have really hated putting his name to this film!
And she prefers not to use a spoon when eating a chocolate moose!
I'm wondering who the English Actor is?!
I've switched off so much, that I'm barely following the movie! (Well all the technical jargon).
'What the hell was that?!'
'Something bad happened here!' - (Stating the obvious!)
'Los Angeles is where the battle is going to be fought.'
- 'And won!'
I can't believe that she is wearing a bum bag! lol
What exactly is that creature?!
So she goes to a nightclub, (I guess like you would if you were in LA) and I think she goes with the intention of meeting a man..
'She's pretty hard on the competition.'
So she gets run over and I'm guessing the man that saves her she will fall for!
'What's the matter?!'
'She's not scared of us.. that's for sure!'
'Do you get the feeling that you're on a wild goose chase?!'
It always amuses me when you see an old style mobile phone!
They think that she died in a car crash.. but they are of course mistaken!
'Its called a Long Island Iced Tea.'
- 'Has it got tea in it?!'
The plot is pretty feeble.
Films like this, (eg Avatar) just have an awful plot that is so painfully predictable!
'I never thought I'd be so happy to be back in a Sewer!'
As the film progressed it improved, but I still didn't like it.
Never take DNA off strangers...By cbr1986 (6 reviews) from Stockton-on-Tees , 23 Aug 2010There are certain things that help make a good film. Massive explosions, car chases, these are both obvious but there are two things that probably draw most people. By people I mean guys. Semi naked girls and armour plated killer aliens. Now if only there was a film that brings these two things together in a brilliant and unique way, so until one comes out we have Species.
Firstly the all important plot. It is a strange one even by sci-fi standards. After sending a beacon into space containing information about humans, basically like an intergalactic FaceBook profile and some aliens reply to it. They send no information about themselves, possibly because they have the privacy settings on their profile, but they do send gifts. The main of which has a way of improving human DNA. So let me get this straight, a mysterious alien race contacts us saying they can improve us without telling us any information about themselves. Arent there laws against this kind of thing, even kids know you take any presents from strangers, especially strange aliens. The people at NASA, or the film equivalent, put the new improved DNA together with normal human DNA and they choose the gender of the new creation. They choose, as you may have guessed, female. They reason, they are more docile. Have these people not lived.
The female, named Sil, grows up and has bad dreams. The scientists decide shes too dangerous and try to kill her, using poison gas. Surely it would have been easier to have a group of guys with machine guns and blast her to tiny bits. But the scientists are using the Saturday morning cartoon villain guide to killing people, so she escapes and he whole film is trying to kill her before gets jiggy with a guy and breed loads of aliens. The rest of the film is the top squad of government people chasing Sil before she does the deed.
Next Ill look at the team trusted in bringing the thing created by the government. It is your usual array of people. Theres the gun toting guy, the scientist girl, another gun toting guy, another scientist girl and a psychic guy. Im not making the last one up. This guy, played by LL Cool J so you know he doesnt die, can sense where Sil is and what shes thinking. Surely he can then go she is in a hotel and she is scared. Theres a bit later on where she fakes her death and changes her appearance by colouring and cutting her hair. Cool J goes along with it until he realised girls are able to colour their hair, then he knows where she is. This is a highly trained government outfit and they have no idea that there is a way people can change the colour of their hair?? So they follow Sil from dead guy to dead guy until the end where they have the show down. Where half of the team die and I bet you can guess who does.
Thirdly Sil herself. What is there to there to say? She starts off all nice but say the wrong thing and she rips your head off. Literally. The design of the Alien Sil is pretty good, but then I would say that because it was designed by the same guy who did the alien from Ridley Scott's Alien. To begin with we only see it in Sils weird dreams and I like that. I also liked the small transition from Alien to human version. Then comes the finale where instead of being subtle the film just makes Alien Sil a CGI effect. This is something that always annoys me with films. Why dont they use the medium that looks the best rather then the newest? CGI is good now and can mostly be covered so you cant tell whats real and what just lives in a computer, but in 1995 it wasnt as good. So the film might as well of put massive letters under the scene that says CGI EFFECT CGI EFFECT CGI EFFECT! The actual actress who plays the human Sil doesnt have a lot to do really. Its just say the odd line and take clothes off but this is her first job so I guess its the law or something it has to involve nudity.
Overall then this is a bad film. There are some bits I liked but they were outweighed by bad story and bad effects. It may come as a surprise to you that they made 3 more Species films. Of which the last 2 went straight to DVD so I guess there was some justice.
speciesBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 09 Jan 2010Surprisingly good, if you liked Mimick the this is your game.
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Not too predictableBy a customer from London , 12 Jun 2008I liked the premise of this and give or take a bit of poetic license it was a good story. I liked how she always manages to stay one step of them. Clever use of the ensemble cast too.
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