Species (1995) Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge Movie Review

Species (1995)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Natasha Henstridge in Species (1995)

Alien Heat

After decades of trying to contact aliens, SETI receives two transmissions with one of them detailing how to splice alien DNA with human DNA. Dr. Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) is in charge of creating this alien human hybrid but when he does he orders his creation to be terminated, a decision which back fires when she escapes. Along with Preston Lennox (Michael Madsen), a hunter, Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina), an anthropologist, Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger), a scientist, and Dan Smithson (Forest Whitaker), a caring and feeling man, Fitch sets out to track down his creation, Sil (Natasha Henstridge), who has rapidly grown into a sensual and deadly woman looking to breed.

It maybe a human/alien hybrid but at its heart "Species" is nothing more than a 60s b-move made in the 90s. This is clearly shown about 20 minutes into the movie as there is a scene on a train where an attendant enters a compartment to find a pulsating, jelly like mass stuck in the corner which ends up engulfing her, which is classic horror b-move but then in the next scene we see a naked body slide out of this blob which is clearly 90s with the in truth unneeded nudity.

Ben Kingsley in Species (1995)

Now I said unneeded nudity which in truth "Species" actually needed because part of the movie is about Sil being not just a predator but a sexual predator with Natasha Henstridge scoring legions of fans just because of her amazing eyes let along anything else. The thing about "Species" is that it does have a surprisingly decent cast but everyone from Michael Madsen down to Marg Helgenberger are just delivering the sort of character which end up forgettable. In truth the one thing which is memorable about "Species" is simply how smoking hot Natasha Henstridge is.

Oh of course there are special effects as we are talking a deadly predator that kills when ever it wants, often with the use of its tentacles. But for anyone who was a fan of 90s sci-fi horrors the effects were nothing other than typical and rarely manage to take your attention away from Henstridge

What this all boils down to is that "Species" is entertaining but only in an incredibly typical 90s b-movie sci-fi horror sort of way. And truth be told the whole movie really relies on how attractive Natasha Henstridge is as with out her being so eye catching this movie would never have kept people's attention or led to sequels.