Species

 (900)5.81 h 48 min1995X-RayR
A team of scientists and mercenaries are assembled to track down and trap a beautiful killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human being.
Directors
Roger Donaldson
Starring
Ben KingsleyMichael MadsenAlfred Molina
Genres
Science FictionHorror
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Forest WhitakerMarg HelgenbergerWhip HubleyMichelle WilliamsNatasha HenstridgeJordan LundDon Fischer
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MGM Domestic Television
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Banyon GarfeldReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Sci-fi Thriller, Not Quite A Classic Though
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While not a genre classic, this sci-fi thriller did well at the box office, and spawned 3 (little-known) sequels plus an action figure set!
Largely a "killer-alien-on-the-loose" flick, it centers on the manhunt for an alien creature named Sil (Natasha Henstridge), who escapes a government lab and begins a killing spree in her quest to reproduce.

I didn't think much of this when it came out in theaters. But after seeing it again, it has quite a bit going for it, including:

1) A very young Michelle Williams is incredible as the young Sil.
2) It has a great cast, including Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Alfred Molina, and Whip Hubley. Their characters all have different priorities, which makes for some interesting group dynamics.
3) The special effects - while borrowing much from "Alien" - have just enough flamboyant shock value without being too gruesome.
4) The action is well-directed and paced. The final showdown with the monster (last 20 minutes or so) are particularly effective and suspenseful.

The not-so-good:

1) It's mostly action and suspense, while the story itself is flimsy and not too developed. There were better "killer alien on the loose" movies in the 80's and 90's, that not only had great stories, but also entertaining buddy-cop action, like "The Hidden" and "I Come In Peace."
2) We never really find out where this creature is from or why she is here (those answers come in "Species II"). There are also the usual cheap scares which diminish the film's credibility somewhat.
3) Relies too much on unnecessary nudity and topless scenes. Natasha Henstridge doesn't really get to do much except take off her clothes, walk around L.A. trying to blend in, and kill men in gruesome ways after seducing them.

Overall, there is enough here to be of interest to fans of sci-fi thrillers, as long as you are not expecting anything cerebral or all that memorable. This was Natasha Henstridge's first movie, and she went on to prove her acting talents in other movies and T.V., especially the great-but-short series "Eli Stone."
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ReviewReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Just As Engaging 23 Years Later
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I recall enjoying Species in 1995 and must say it has held up very well after watching it again 23 years later. The film is anchored in now familiar ideas in a solidly creative story that was first conceived by Denis Feldman in 1987. Reworking his original idea into a spec-script years later, the film would be produced with input from artist Hans Giger who deservedly won an academy award for his work on Alien and did splendid work on conceiving the alien in this film. There is a logical sequence to the film. Time is not wasted during scenes. Capable actors put a reasonable script to good use and decades later it is fun to see them from a time when they were so much younger. The SETI Institute receives a transmission from a source in outer space which contains a DNA sequence that is combined with human DNA resulting in a human/alien hybrid. A decision is made to destroy the hybrid, but the hybrid, a young girl named Sil escapes during the attempt. Her high rate of growth only adds to the urgency to stop her before she succeeds in whatever she is meant to carry out. Driven instinctively to procreate, she embarks on several attempts to mate while a team composed of experts in various fields and an empath seek to locate and annihilate her. We find along the way that she doesn't know who she is and why she is 'here'. She learns as she goes along, like a child, except she is on a fast track. Sil is very much helped by the fact that she is portrayed by the talented Natasha Henstridge who was during this, her screen debut, an excellent selection for the role. Sil is an aesthetic warrior who is also sensual and deadly at the same time. Where the film is disappointing and anti-climactic is in the ending where there is an attempt to quickly wrap up the story in a shootout, like a Western. From this reviewer's perspective much more could be explored either in the ending or in sequels to the same film which would ideally star the same actors, that could have shed more light on Sil's purpose, her discovery of her purpose, and the coming to terms by humanity with a beautiful, mysterious, and deadly human/alien hybrid. Perhaps we could have found out more about who transmitted the DNA sequence that resulted in her and what their purpose was. Species leaves more questions than it answers and sequels to the film did not do justice to the initial concept. Perhaps this is a good time to remake the film and bring Natasha back as Sil.
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Allen Garfield's #1 fan.Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Softcore Sci-fi Splatterfest.
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Stars: Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi), Forrest Whittaker (Bird, Nelson Mandela, Color of Money), Alfred Molina (Frida, Chocolat w/Dame Judi Dench), Michael Madsen (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Hateful 8) and the redoubtable Natasha Henstridge (Species 2, Maximum Risk w/ Jean-Claude Van Damme) in her steamiest role yet.

Foxy blonde from outer space lures haplessly horny, unsuspecting (who would? Suspect, that is.) men into beds, backseats and Jacuzzis for cheap thrills...or is it? Can it be something more sinister? The proverbial Unspeakable Evil?

The Prez and every branch of the military - some rogue super-secret CIA type bunch band together to save nothing less than all of human-kind.

Directed by Roger Donaldson (Smash Palace, The Bounty w/ Sir Anthony Hopkins.)

Bonus: this movie is not without a sense of humor, however unintentional. Also, the back of the case offers the following exhortation "read the Banton Book." Yeah, sure!

ASIN# B000F9RB9E - which includes two commentaries: one with Director Roger Donaldson and cast and another with director, producer, and visual effects team (including H.R. Giger). Finally, two featurettes with the genius most famous for Ridley Scott's Alien, H.R. Giger - one curious cat.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
1st is the best With humans again trying to contorl nature
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Species led to a franchise but really the first film was the best. The movie touches on the common theme in many science fiction and horror films of mankind trying to control nature to the former’s detriment. It also plays upon the hunter and the pray.

The movie was about Sil (Natasha Henstridge) an alien who came to Earth and took on human form who is seeking to carry out her natural functions of mating. She escapes a U.S. lab and is hunted down by a scientific and tactical team of Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) – the boss, Michael Madsen as Press Lennox – the hunter, Alfred Molina as Dr. Stephen Arden - anthropologist, Forest Whitaker as Dan Smithson – an empath, and Marg Helgenberger as Dr. Laura Baker – a molecular biologist.

The entire story is a chase. Sil gets to Los Angeles and the team tries to capture her while she leaves a trail of dead bodies behind her on her quest to find the right mate. Like many other movies this is an attempt by humans to destroy what they don’t understand and control what is natural.

There are only flashes of what Sil looks like in her alien form until the very end, but those images were created by H.R. Giger who was famous for creating the monster and setting of the Alien movies.

The film works on all levels. It’s a good thriller with the chase. It’s a good alien movie too.
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DavidGReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than My Recollection Of It
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Make that 3.5 stars. I remember Species as a flimsy Hollywood attempt at T&A wrapped in sci fi trimmings. That doesn't do justice to this film though. It's actually a taut sci fi action thriller that works just fine for an evening's entertainment. Yes, there is the T&A aspect, with some topless scenes and a bare butt or two tossed in - including Michael Madsen's. :) By today's standards it's pretty tame stuff though and if you're looking for something salacious, there are far naughtier options out there these days. What Species does have is an excellent cast and a lean, tightly written thriller storyline. Ben Kingsley is perfect as the evil scientist who weeps even as he commits murder. Forest Whitaker is also perfectly cast as an awkward empath who reads people deeply. I've always liked Marg Helgenberger and it's fun watching her younger self flirt with the young but still tough Michael Madsen. Natasha Henstridge usually seems stiff and wooden to me but that works well in her role here. I wouldn't call this a classic along the lines of Aliens or the original Blade Runner. It is better than I remembered though and at 3.5 stars, Species is worth a look see if you are a sci fi fan.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Scary
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This movie came out in the 80s and it's still scary today.
Scientists receive two transmissions from outer space. One is a renewable fuel with no pollution. The other is a sample of alien dna with instructions on combining it with human DNA.
Like idiots, the scientists do it. What it turns into is a new species capable of regenerating herself at will.
Species 2 is actually better than Species 1, so after watching this make sure you see the sequel.

Very scary and Natasha Henstridge is completely watchable. Michelle Williams is the alien as a teenager, very beautiful. This is what she looked like before Hollywood got hold of her. :)
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Israel M.Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Okay to Watch; If Nothing Else 👽👩
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Species was an okay movie from 1995 Sci-fi/Thriller as it was in what the genre says it is. This coming from someone who has seen many alien and (vs) predator movies or other sci-fi flicks. This film was not great in compared to todays standards as they have advance in technology in graphics and storytelling but in a throwback film to watch was okay to see. If you want to beat some time off, the story wasn’t that dramatic or deep. Woman hybrid human/alien seeking to procreate her “species,” who has unnatural powers like super healing, super strength, and fast growth/intelligence; all story plot said there, except the obvious of the secrete government trying to stop it. Reason in giving it 2 stars and not 3 in the way of how it gets a bit boring during the watching of the movie, yet still pulls through if you want to finish it. It didn’t get a bit boring until about half way, I think, but also because the story could had been more deep and not as easily predictable.

Some nice things is well the nudity, lol. The cast acting wasn’t too bad, just kinda boring in watching the movie play out sometimes in the scenes. Not sure if it was the actors or the rhythm of the pace in the movie or just how it was an old 1995 film style. The bad is well the sci-fi animation of the alien hybrid just looked really bad, in how you can tell it was an old movie. Movie was a bit cliche in some segments but okay enough to pass, I guess. So an okay movie to skip time to watch or if you got nothing else to do; or have seen many movies and don’t have anything else to watch.
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Fred JReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fun 90's Sci Fi Thriller
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I never thought Species was a great film back in 1995 but it was fun. Watching it for the first time in many years it hasn't aged all that well. The CGI looks even worst than I remember. The practical effects although not all that convincing still best the digital effects. The films cast are great despite the cheesy dialogue. You can't go wrong with acting talents such as Ben Kingsley, Forrest Whitaker, Alfred Molina and Michael Madsen. Marge Helgenburger is also a delight in her pre CSI role. Species is fun watch despite it's shortcoming it has plenty of thrills and action ... Recommended.
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