"Predictability thy name is Species."

Under characterised captain of industry Fitch (Ben Kingsley) has raised a human/alien hybrid via extraterrestrial DNA, received on a CD radio, or something. Teetering on puberty, she breaks out of his lab, boards a train, begins mutating, enters a squidgy cocoon, transforms therein from Michele Williams to Natasha Henstridge, loses her clothes, learns our human ways and is overcome by the urge to breed. And kill. It's a close run thing as to which she prefers, but can't a girl have two hobbies?

A team is assembled by Fitch to track the escapee Sil, down - action man, girl boffin, boy boffin and crap empath. Things happen, but I'm not going to spoil it, as you may never have seen a movie, or TV show, in your life.

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The acting is fine, the effects are decent, but this is very much post-Alien sci-fi by numbers, right down to Sil creature designer HR Giger - predictability thy name is Species.

There's no reason to watch this other than to laugh at Sil's "fashions". If you want suspense, try to guess how soon you'll fall asleep.

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2004
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A test-tube sci-fi girl grows up into a man-eating centrefold nymphomaniac.
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Angus Wolfe Murray **

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Dennis Feldman

Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marge Helgenberger, Michele Williams

Year: 1995

Runtime: 108 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: US


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