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Species II



Species II
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I never saw the first Species movie, but this one looks like a rip-off of the Alien movies. Human blood that sizzles like acid, and alien monsters that look almost identical to the ones in the Alien movies...sound familiar?

Not that it isn't amusing to watch. This certainly isn't the greatest sci-fi movie of the year, and I saw all the "shock" scenes coming a mile away, but there's enough blood and gore to keep you amused for a while.

Patrick Ross (Justin Lazard) is the first man on Mars. Apparently while he was up there he was contaminated with alien DNA. When he and his crew return, they are of course quarantined, and told not to have sex for ten days. Patrick pays no attention, and every woman he sleeps with gives birth to an alien/human child. That idea is so ludicrous, it's laughable.

Patrick's father, Senator Ross (James Cromwell) has some good character development as a cold hearted fellow who almost appears not to love his son at all, but upon learning the government wants to kill Patrick because of the alien DNA, Ross suddenly gets very emotional. When he and Patrick hug tearfully, you just know an alien's going to pop out of Patrick's stomach and gut out dear old dad.

Meanwhile, Eve, a half-human, half-alien woman being studied in a lab, is irradiated to "wake up" some of her alien genes. This enables her to tap into Patrick's mind and give the lab scientists information on where he is.

None of this is particularly original, but it's fast paced and gets to the end pretty quickly so you don't have a chance to get bored. The special effects are commendable, and if you're a die-hard sci-fi fan like me (I even enjoy the terribly cheesy ones) it's worth seeing.

My Rating = Two Stars

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