Day #221: Species (1995)

Species (1995) (Rated R)

Species (1995) (Rated R)


[From IMDb:] A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

My take:

By far the best thing about Species is the physical special effects. For a B grade movie, it’s got some amazingly high quality, high impact work going on in the alien-making department.

It also stars a stunning Natasha Henstridge, who spends more time chewing up the scenery with her former-model walk than necessarily, y’know…saying things.

She also looks at things a lot.

She also looks at things a lot.

That’s not to say that she doesn’t do a good job of acting. She’s actually not bad at all, considering how much of her performance is focused on her face. Something else that I’m sure that was helped by her modeling.

The team of people chasing after her are all portrayed by actors who do a fine job, I guess. They’re just kind of boring to watch. They travel from location to location saying things of little to no consequence – especially Forest Whitaker, who has some truly cringe-worthy insights for someone playing an empath – and achieve things of even less consequence. That they’re the assumed victors in this scenario certainly never feels justified, that’s for sure.

Honestly, the movie has a pretty basic (and not always logical) plot, which does have a tendency to get a bit boring at times (read: almost any time the team of trackers is on screen), but it’s still pretty entertaining. Especially during the last 20 minutes or so of the movie, when the real showdown between the most incompetent team of alien trackers in existence and said alien takes place. Even though the outcome feels wrong, at least the team actually pulls their weight and brings some action to the movie on their own.

With all the sex (and regular scenes of a topless Natasha Henstridge) and gore, Species is something of an exploitation film in disguise, but I can’t say I’m particularly bothered by that in this case. The alien designs are cool, the lead is engaging, and there’s enough action to act as padding to the boring ‘everyone talking at each other’ scenes to make the movie bearable, if not great.

I would’ve been happy with a slightly different ending, but, eh…I’ll live.


2 thoughts on “Day #221: Species (1995)

  1. Love this movie 🙂 This was one of the first movies I saw with Forrest Whittaker and I am glad I was introduced to him in this role.

    Growing up a Dawson’s Creek fan it was nice to be able to tie back Michelle Williams to this as the little girl.

    Thanks for sharing!


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