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SPECIES (1995 - R)

Set in 1993, when The ET Intelligence Project receives an unprecedented transmission dictating the scientific procedure for splicing human DNA with a detailed alien DNA code, the result is the
beautiful but deadly Sil.  Half alien, half bombshell, Sil wanders the streets in search of a mate (and, man- pardon the pun- are the consequences brutal for those who don’t concede to her advances!),
while agent Xavier Fitch does his best to track her down before the world has a deadly, alien endemic on their hands.

The varied cast includes Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, Natasha Henstridge, Alfred Molina, Marg Helgenberger, Whip Hubley, Michelle Williams, and Jordan Lund.

Director Roger Donaldson's "Species" is a wild, sexy, violent, surprising entertaining Sci-Fi action thriller.

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The basic story involves a strange, secret experiment involved with genetically manipulating alien DNA. When the experiment goes awry, and the creature escapes, a special team is sent in pursuit.

It's fun to see Kingsley, in a lighter role, as the director of the alien search team. Kingsley commands the screen easily, as he usually does.

Michael Madsen makes a strong impression as a tough guy mercenary whose job it is to kill the alien if necessary. Exluding the easy masculinity of the young Robert Mitchum, it's easy to see why the semi-hunky Madsen is building something of a cult following (and I mean you, Mary!).

Forest Whitaker almost steals the show as a team member possessed with extreme empathy, allowing him to sense what people, or alien creatures, are feeling. Whitaker has an amazing capacity to generate audience sympathy

Natasha Henstridge is a revelation in the title role. Sometimes blonde and naked, and other times deadly, with tentacles, Richardson is sure to keep your attention, particularly if you're male and possess a pulse. Her mixture of blonde sexiness, and gross alien qualities makes her the ultimate good date/bad date, all rolled into one.

If you liked SPECIES you may enjoy ALIENS and PREDATOR.