In 1974 scientists used the world's largest radio telescope to send messages into outer space. Twenty years later they receive a message giving instructions on how to mix human and alien DNA to form 'Sil', a new species. The scientists create 'Sil' - in the shape of a beautiful young woman (Natasha Henstridge) - who escapes from the observation facility. She must be stopped before she mates with a human male and creates a new species which could overwhelm mankind. A team is assembled to destroy 'Sil', led by scientist Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) and containing an assassin (Michael Madsen), a biologist (Marg Helgenberger), an anthropologist (Alfred Molina) and an empath (Forest Whitaker).
There's a kind of perverse marketing genius at work in this cheesy sci-fi hit from 1995 in which scientists create a half-human, half-alien woman named Sil (Natasha Henstridge) who's capable of morphing from a slimy, tentacled creature into a blonde babe with the body of a Playboy centrefold. This makes it easy for Sil to lure gullible guys who are only too willing to indulge her voracious mating urge, realising too late that sex with Sil is anything but safe. As the body count rises, a handpicked team of specialists tracks the alien's killing spree, but their diverse expertise is barely a match for the ever-morphing Sil. Borrowing elements of the Alien
movies (including bizarre alien designs by Swedish artist HR Giger) and spicing them up with some tantalising nudity, Species
is a wet dream for creature-feature fans--kind of like watching a sci-fi vampire fantasy while browsing through the Sports Illustrated
swimsuit issue. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com