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Species IV - The Awakening (Unrated)
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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.
This fourth Species film is in my opinion a fair bit better than the horrendous reviews it has. I'm quite partial to the whole Species premise and really enjoyed the first three but this one is meant to be a stand alone movie separate from the first three and perhaps not coincidentally is the only one without Natasha Henstridge in it at all.
Helena Mattsson does in my opinion a pretty good job in this which is more drama driven and features her and her 'uncle' Ben Cross quite heavily. I think it's well acted by both so not much of a problem and despite the low budget and one early cringeworthy CGI scene when action does happen in this it's done well and effectively.
To be fair the plot isn't worth bothering with and Dominic Keating does a very bad impersonation of an Aussie or whatever it is he's doing other than chewing the scenery but hey I enjoyed the movie.
Yes, Miranda the alien loses her clothes at the most opportune moments. Yes, she is desperate to procreate. Yes, the bodies begin to pile up. So what makes this entry different from the others in this series? Absolutely no sign of Natasha Henstridge.
This version was obviously done on the cheap. When they decided they needed to scale back on the budget the first thing to go was a decent script, the second thing to go was someone willing to pay the lighting bill. This film is mostly shot at night, in the dark, with little to no available light, or candle light, or flashing lights. The actors appear mostly in silhouette (practically shadow puppets). There are moments when it is impossible to tell what is going on. It's barely adequate as a sci-fi flick. But there are enough basic thrills to provide some entertainment value. It is, though, the weakest entry in the franchise.
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Not nearly as good as the original three in the series but a must-have for completeness. Especially for a Species fan.Published 2 months ago by DBZ fangirl
A little sci-fi, action, and horror. Making woman from DNA info scientist receive. Also, they show a lot of good stuff too.Published 7 months ago by David Faustino
Good but storyline not as good as original 3.worth the money though& I would recommend it.Published 15 months ago by Arthur J.Margotta
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