on 12 January 2001
Specimen, as a movie leaves a certain amount to be desired although the ideas behind the plot itself actually have a lot of potential. Mike Hillary, Gosselaar's character, plays a guy whom, as a small child "accidentally" burned down his family home killing his mother. But, as you might expect from a film of this title, it was no accident! His mother was, you guessed it, impregnated by an alien form in the 70's, creating Mike, the "specimen", as the product of this freakish alien-human reproduction project who is able to suddenly set fire to things, when he gets emotionally upset. When these aliens come back to Earth to collect their "specimen" the special effects really are "special". The scenes of aliens in human body suits burning to death on a beach are somewhat "interesting", as is the bizarre flashback of Mike's mother wandering naked into a glowing lake and getting out again looking "fulfilled". Mark-Paul Gosselaar's fans are very likely to be the only ones to give this movie a reputable rating, and even this rating is unlikely to be based upon his acting skill. Although his acting skill is, admittedly quite considerable, its full extent is not shown in Specimen. By far the most enjoyable parts of the movie, are when Mike, has to cool himself down, after all that fire starting and keeps striping down and jumping in the bath tub! This is an absolute must for Mark-Paul fans! If you enjoy the offbeat, alien movies with humour by accident, buy Specimen!