108 Min. | Action – Horror – Sci-Fi | September 1995
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Director: Roger Donaldson
Staring: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley
Species Review: For thirty years, powerful telescopes have been scanning the space searching from signal of alien civilization. In 1974, the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) team sends a message to the space with the human DNA, map of our solar system and other information. In return, they receive two messages – the first one, with a catalyst for methane, the second, a detailed alien DNA together with instructions to join it with human DNA. In Species, the result of the experiment is the deadly creature Sil. When Dr. Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley), who is leading the research, decides to terminate the experiment, the girl Sil (Michelle Williams) escapes to Los Angeles. Dr. Fitch joins the mercenary Preston Lennox (Michael Madsen), the anthropologist Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina), the scientist Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger), and the empathic Dan Smithson (Forest Whitaker) to chase Sil (Natasha Henstridge). Sooner they discover that the predator Sil has grown-up and became a beautiful woman, trying to copulate to generate an offspring.
“Species” is one of the best sci-fis of the 90’s. Full of action, sexy and with a great cast, this film introduces the stunning Natasha Henstridge, one of the most gorgeous and sexy actresses of Hollywood ever. Her debut could not be better, and together with the cult Michael Madsen, they make this pleasant movie work. The story recalls those B-movies from the 50’s, but spiced with erotic and very sexy scenes. Also no big wonder that the movie should remind you of “Alien” at times, also since the alien in Species got designed by the same man who designed the original alien for “Alien” and all of its sequels. So perhaps this is also part of the reason why you so easily can forgive this movie from ripping off “Alien” in parts.
The movie makes a choice not to only follow the team that is called in to hunt down the alien but also shows things from the perspective of the alien herself. She’s constantly learning things, which she uses to adapt and blend in and to eventually get what she wants. This approach gives “Species” a nice extra dimension. It’s like “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, only with a not so friendly alien. Overall, Species is worth to watch.