Species II

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Astronauts returning from the first mission to Mars become infected with an alien form that once back on Earth, reproduces quickly killing anyone who tries to stop them from multiplying.
Peter Medak
Michael MadsenNatasha HenstridgeMarg Helgenberger
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Mykelti WilliamsonGeorge DzundzaJames CromwellJustin LazardMyriam CyrSarah WynterBaxter HarrisScott MorganPeter BoyleRichard Belzer
Frank Mancuso Jr.Frank Mancuso
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Banyon GarfeldReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Aside From The Special Effects, Not Too Much To Write Home About
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While not entirely awful, this sequel could have been so much better. While watching, I was thinking that someone had a good story idea, then the producers said "No, we need more sex! More gore! More violence! And mix all that together!" So what we end up with is more horror than sci-fi, a kind of unsettling mixture of John Carpenter's "The Thing," "Showgirls," and " The Manchurian Candidate. "

Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, and Marg Helgenberger are the only returnees from the first film. Marg is government scientist Dr. Baker, who has cloned the dead Sil (Natasha Henstridge) from the first film, and has now bonded in a sisterly sort of way with the more human alien clone named Eve. In fact, one big change from the first film is that both the male and female aliens are greatly humanized, causing the audience to sympathize for them in a way that was not possible in the original film.

However, the dialog is clunky, and stupid at times. Some scenes and situations just make no sense whatsoever, and the characters do things that are inconsistent and at times, incredibly dumb. Other scenes are just so ridiculous and unbelievable that you wonder if you are watching an Ed Wood movie instead of a moderate-budget franchise film.

The blood and gore quotient is really upped from the first film, as are the (violent and explicit) sex scenes. The special effects are well-done, but rely more on shock value and grotesquery to push their point.

On the good side, we discover where the alien race that Sil / Eve represents is from, and what their intended purposes are. And we get to see Madsen and Helgenberger together again, as they had good chemistry in the first film.

There's lots of gore, nudity, sex (always ending in a violent death or two), so if you are squeamish about any of that. proceed with caution with this one. There are two more sequels after this, "Species III" and "Species: The Awakening." I have not seen either, but they both went straight to DVD so my expectations are low.
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ReviewReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Three Stars Off Species Species II
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Out of pure frustration, I just stopped watching Species II barely past the half way point, because it is just a regurgitation of the original installment minus any of the exhilarating possibilities left open in Species the original film. Relative to the original there is no character or plot development whatsoever, as if a promise was made to not tinker with the original concept in any way, shape, or form that would affect box office sales while the hype around the original endured. Species II is a five star disappointment and an actual insult to all who might have expected like I did that Species was a compelling story with its best chapters yet to come in future installments. In Species II, a mysterious alien human/alien hybrid species definitively turns to the all too familiar Hollywood's gooey goblin lore for inspiration. What is on offer in Species II is the original Species tuned into pure cliche. Species II runs out of imagination off the bat.
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coloringyourvisionReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A worthy sequel.
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After watching this sequel again last night (3/9/2021), I realized that it was really, really good: a worthy sequel to the original. The first Species was truly an original. I am totally a fan of it, and the subsequent sequels. And, this being the first of the bunch, it did not disappoint. I did not realize how much sexiness and nudity was in this one, but it works for the narrative. I won't go into any of the details of this and that regarding plot, and what could be better, etc..., because for me, what is important is, did it entertain me. And, it did just that. I didn't expect it to win an award for great dialogue, acting, directing, etc... but, again, it entertained me, and that is all I was wanting last night. Again, in my opinion, it is a worthy sequel to the original.
Tanis Coralee LeonhardiReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Man goes to Mars and returns to Earth infected
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One way tickets to Mars are an excuse for carelessness in treatment of the crew and spacecraft and making sure they can return home if they change their mind about staying at any point. I hope things don’t go the way of this movie with our travels to Mars. Humankind’s first manned mission to Mars captained by Patrick Ross (a U.S.A. senator’s son and a former Yale football star) is a success and he becomes the first man to set foot (really shoe) on Mars. Only things don’t go according to plan and he is infected on the trip and starts infecting other humans upon returning to Earth as he is sexually promiscuous and the infection spreads sexually. He is also told he is going to be president of the United States one day, he is labeled as one with potential. He decides he is better than all other humans and wants to mate with an alien named Eve. Perhaps this movie is a sign of things to come, good thing we have the novel coronavirus to practice our response to virus outbreaks now. Perhaps you will be a victim to the host of a virus from Mars, possible in our lifetime. I like the ship’s name “Excursion”, time to excurd to Mars and bring back a virus! Natasha Henstridge, who portrays Eve, is gorgeous.
joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ridiculous story but the alien looks good
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Species was a hit so they had to make a sequel which was a flop. Three of the main characters returned, Natasha Henstridge as the alien, Michael Madsen as Press a spcial operative and Marg Helgenberger as Dr. Baker. This time scientists try to use the alien for good to stop to counter a new alien found on Mars.

The story is immediately ridiculous based upon what the Martian is doing which becomes an excuse to show a bunch of naked women and how the government responds. On the other hand the martian looks good but the movie is a mess.
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JP FishReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
R. H. Geiger's sex starved alien is back for another try at world domination, and a lot of whoopy.
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A great sequel to a semi-classic. This Earth bound alien story line is the ultimate morality play about the consequences of elicit unbridled sex. Then there was the ever infectious Frankenstein Fever that always hits the short sighted researchers.Men obsessed with creating life, sigh. Who needs all those gadgets for that?(Never mind,. I'll behave now) And let's not forget about those unwanted pregnancies. It was a time in film making when the "yuck factor" still ruled over general logic in story telling. Although not held strictly to Sci Fi / Horror films, the gore was still escalating in this film series while the budgets were dropping. But, hey! If you liked the first one, you'll love this one!
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Charles H. HammondReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Willing Suspension of Disbelief (?)
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In form this nearly B-rated film is similar to the first. And I liked the first one. HOWEVER, are you really telling me that someone who weighs more than John Candy (literally) is the only person they could get to play a US Marine GENERAL? Have you ever seen an obese (active duty) Marine? Neither have I. Every time he appeared on screen I had to start laughing out loud! Aside from that, the acting and special effects are decent, but you could tell this was a film made on a budget, and that's putting it kindly.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
My favorite species film
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Of the three films in the Species franchise this is my favorite. Then 1. The third one is very skippable.

Three astronauts go to Mars and take samples of the soil. What they don't realize is that they've inadvertently brought onto the ship alien DNA. While they are prepping to leave that alien DNA attacks them and they are unconscious for 9 minutes. During those 9 minutes two of the astronauts are infected with alien DNA. The third carries sickle trait and that becomes their weapon against the alien species.

Very scary and Natasha Henstridge is completely watchable.
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