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Species
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberg, Michael Madsen and Forest Whitaker


Rated: R for sexual encounters, nudity, obscenities and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: July 7, 1995 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

The DNA of a human female is combined with that of an extraterrestrial in this sci-fi thriller starring Ben Kingsley.

Kingsley plays the head of a California lab that has been monitoring the alien's progress. He decides to terminate her when she exhibits aggressive behavior and a desire to reproduce. But, she escapes before he can finish the job.

The alien, who can morph into a beautiful blond (played by newcomer Natasha Henstridge) heads to Hollywood to find a suitable man. The fact that she sheds her clothes at the drop of a hat, probably accounts for her numerous prospective mates.

The alien changes back and forth from a shapely beauty to a mass of goo, which sort of resembles a giant oozing clam. She kills whenever she feels threatened, so Kingsley hires an unlikely quartet to find and destroy her. The group comprises a biologist (Marg Helgenberg, China Beach), a bounty hunter (Michael Madsen),an anthropologist and a psychic (Forest Whitaker).

he special effects aren't new. The creature looks like the female monster in Aliens, with protruding eyes and slimy tentacles.

Kingsley has a small part and very few lines. He should consider himself fortunate, as the dialogue is redundant and silly. While searching for the creature in the sewer system, one of the characters says, "She must have gone this way," after discovering a mangled body at the mouth of the sewer...No, really?!

The beginning of the film with the lab escape promises some excitement, but it never delivers more than a predictable, mediocre story.

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