My wife and I had a fun but exhausting weekend together this past weekend and, by the time we got home and put the kids to bed, we pretty much just wanted to relax on the couch with a movie. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to stay awake for anything that was overly long so we looked for a shorter action film on Netflix Instant Watch and, after some consideration, settled on the 1995 film “Species.” By the way i found that movie on 123Movies new site, good collection of new movies.
This was a film my wife had seen a long time ago but, up until the time we watched it together, I really didn’t know a whole lot about it. As it turns out, it was a pretty interesting movie.
To give you a brief summary of the plot, a group of scientists receive a DNA sequence from an unknown alien source, along with instructions about how to merge it with human DNA. They do it and, when their creation, named Sil, starts growing faster than expected; they decide to destroy it so they can study it closer. However, Sil (played first by a young Michelle Williams then by Natasha Henstridge) escapes and goes on a killing spree as she grows and develops the urge to mate, forcing the government to put together a group to hunt her down.
I think the thing that won me over about this movie is how they wrote the Sil character. She isn’t really evil. Instead, she’s more animalistic and is really relying on basic survival instincts. In fact, there are plenty of times when I feel somewhat sorry for her and wonder if she would be different if the scientists would have treated her better.
In fact, it was her character that really carried this movie. The group that was hunting her down consisted of a bunch of one-dimensional characters with very little depth or background. As a result, I found myself almost cheering whenever one of them got killed or she escaped.
My only real complaint about this movie (other than the numerous one-dimensional characters) was the limited information about the alien intention with the DNA sequence. Are they trying to take over the Earth or was their message a message of peace gone terribly wrong?
However, I know there are sequels to this movie and I’m hoping those questions will be answered in one those and, overall, I think this turned out to be a pretty decent movie that was worth watching, even if it was a last second choice.
My Grade: 3 stars out of a possible 5.