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When brilliant college professor Miranda Hollander suffers a mysterious blackout, and awakens amid the bloody aftermath of a mass slaughter, she turns to her uncle for answers. But when he reveals the shocking truth... that she's only half human, a clone from a hybrid of human and alien DNA, they must flee to Mexico to locate the scientist who created her. Soon they find themselves locked in battle with a horde of rampaging, unstoppable hybrids... and time is running out before Miranda will inevitably surrender to the killer instinct that lurks inside her own body! Stars Helena Mattsson, Ben Cross.

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All the elements that make the Species franchise a favorite with horror and science fiction fans – a sexy young woman with alien DNA, and the mass slaughter she leaves in her wake as she searches for a mate – are present in the series' fourth entry. Lovely Swedish actress Helena Mattsson is the girl with the genes from outer space this time – she's a college professor suffering from blackouts who discovers that the source of her illness is the result of her scientist uncle (Ben Cross, lending a serious note to the proceedings), who created her from a mix of human DNA and the same alien soup that gave life to Syl (Natasha Henstridge, who does not appear in this film) from the first Species. From there, the pair head to Mexico to stop the rapid decline of Miranda's health; the cure, however, unleashes her voracious extraterrestrial side, which stops at nothing to find a partner for procreation. Budgetary issues are the main downfall of The Awakening – the basic premise delivers what the Species series promises, but both script and special effects are undercooked to the point of confusion and/or laughter. However, viewers who expect nothing more than the B-movie thrills of Species 3 should be amused by this picture's low-watt sex and violence. - Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: Edy Arellano, Marco Bacuzzi, Jan Bouda, Ben Cross, Roger Cudney
  • Directors: Nick Lyon
  • Writers: Ben Ripley, Dennis Feldman
  • Producers: Aaron Mazzolini, Frank Mancuso Jr., Ittay Arad, Jennifer Nieves Gordon, Johnny O. Lopez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJBNEO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Konrei on December 14, 2007
Format: DVD
SPECIES IV is undoubtedly the weakest of the four movies in the SPECIES canon, an unrated direct-to-video release that, like all one-a-half-star movies is both very good and very bad at the same time.

The lovely, luminescent and incredibly blonde Helena Mattsson plays Miranda, the half-human, half-alien creature. Ms. Mattson is far more reminiscent of Nicole Kidman than Natasha Henstridge from the original SPECIES. Her acting is fine, but not arrestingly good.

SPECIES 4 falls down simply because it's essentially a retread.

Miranda, a gifted college professor, is under the watchful eye of her Uncle Tom (Ben Cross), in reality the genetic scientist who created her from a mix of female creature DNA and human female DNA. He has never told her who and what she is. Miranda falls ill. Her illness causes her feral aspects to become dominant. Uncle Tom tries desperately to cure her, resorting to some very questionable tactics to do so. The ethical Miranda is outraged, but as her disease progresses, her humanity slips away and she becomes increasingly predatory, seeking to mate and kill. Not much else needs to be said. It's SPECIES redux.

SPECIES 4 is well-made but limited, an unremarkable film that nonetheless holds the viewer's attention and entertains despite it's predictability.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pikminfan on October 14, 2007
Format: DVD
While new star Helena Mattsson will most likely take your breath away, there is absolutely nothing else in "Species: The Awakening" to keep your interest for more than five minutes. As a big fan of the original Species and to a lesser degree its first sequel, it's painful to watch these straight to video sequels turn the series in to straight up sci-fi cheese. Every trace of intelligence the series once had has been flushed away with the past two "films". "Species: The Awakening" is simply a boring, poorly acted, poorly scripted piece of garbage with terrible "rubber suit" special effects and laughably bad dialog. Even beautiful women like the aforementioned Helena Mattson can no longer save this series from imploding on itself. Sil would be turning over in her grave.....
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chris Van Deelen on November 26, 2007
Format: DVD
I've been a fan of Science Fiction for almost as long as I've been alive. It was my mother who got me started all those years ago with the original Star Trek series, and to this day, despite that I've grown to enjoy many other genre's, I still am a fan of science Fiction, and I will be until the day I pass on to the next life.

Also, due to a series of genetic defects that runs rampant in my bloodline, which fortunately for myself and my son, doesn't affect either of us, I've been quite interested in genetics and the human genome.

To top it off, for decades, SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) has been searching the skies for signs of non-human intelligence.

Back in 1995, a science fiction film starring a newcomer named Natasha Henstridge, and co-starring a list of popular actors (Ben Kingsley, Forrest Whitaker, Michael Madsen and Alfred Molina) hit the silver screen.

This film was called Species and put all three of these topics together in a sexy, scary, well crafted tale of the potential end of humanity as the dominant species on Earth.

To make things better, the legendary H. R. Geiger (who created the xenomorph that has become part of our popular culture, the original Alien), was contracted to create the alien hybrid of this movie, Sil.

The movie has since spawned three additional sequels, each getting worse and worse as the storyline progresses and this review is about the latest entry into the franchise called Species: The Awakening.

In one aspect, it's sort of a morality fable, about keeping secrets from those close to you, and that messing with things best left alone always has dire consequences.

But when it comes right down to it, this movie was simply a money grab from the studios.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Thomas on December 26, 2009
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The actors were good in this film. I agree with the other reviewer about the 'rest stop" scene being awkward, but even more awkward was the scene where she tries to get her uncle to breed with her. THAT should have been omitted. However, the actors DID save that scene with some dignity in tact, since the producer(s) left it in. It did stick true to the ideal that Tom loved Miranda like a daughter and couldn't conceive of such an act, so she left to find someone else. I liked the plot and such--just not that particular scene. The rest stop scene was awkward, but if the other scene had gone totally left, it would have ruined the entire movie. At least Helena Mattson was not miscast and she did a great job, and so did Ben Cross.
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Species: The Awakening (2007), the fourth film in the Species saga, takes just a few threads from the established Species story, and constructs a new adventure that stands up fairly well, if you are not overly critical. The Sci Fi Channel production features some respectable special effects, heavy duty tongue action, and some new variations of the familiar female Species creature.

For many years scientist Tom Hollander (Ben Cross) has been hiding a dark secret. His "niece" Miranda (Helena Mattsson) is actually the product of experiments crossing alien and human DNA, conducted by Hollander, and his brilliant former student, Forbes McGuire (Dominic Keating). Raising the girl from a baby, Hollander has been keeping Miranda's alien side under control, by injecting certain hormones. Unfortunately after the young woman transforms into alien form, she kills a number of people at a hospital. Hollander rescues her, and spirits her away to Mexico, where his former partner McGuire is still engaged in DNA splicing.

The Hollanders locate McGuire, who informs them that Miranda is dying, and her only hope is to go through a procedure that requires the sacrifice of a human for their genetic material. Azura (Marlene Favela), like Miranda, is also part alien and part human. She was created by McGuire, and is his helper, and lover. With Azura's help, Tom Hollander brings back a woman to provide the required DNA to save Miranda. McGuire completes the procedure to extend Miranda's life, but her alien side takes over, and she departs to fulfill her desire to mate. Upset at the disruptions that the Hollanders have caused, Azura repeatedly tries to kill Tom.
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