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SPECIES III - DVD Movie
If Species 3 lacks the star power of its previous incarnations mostly notably Natasha Henstridge, whose participation here is relegated to a cameo the movie succeeds in delivering lean, mean B-movie thrills by paring down the franchise's premise to its most exploitable elements copious nudity and gore. Henstridge's voracious alien/human hybrid Eve dies gruesomely in the film's opening moments, but not before giving birth to an infant, who is rescued by a college professor (Robert Knepper) and grows into the pulchritudinous form of Sunny Mabrey. Unfortunately, she proves to be her mother's daughter in every way by setting out to mate with--and kill--any male unlucky enough to cross her path. While a definite step down in terms of plot and performance quality, Species 3 has glimpses of atmosphere and suspense in addition to the blood and skin shows, and makes good use of H.R. Giger's unsettlingly sensuous creature design, which should please franchise fans, gore hounds, and omnivorous sci-fi viewers. --Paul Gaita
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But what about "Species III," a much cheaper direct-to-DVD with almost none of the previous cast? Well, it's pretty much a dog -- it's on par with one of the higher-quality SyFy TV movies, with a lot of naked girls and panicked geneticists running around. And the required blonde alien-hybrid has absolutely no redeeming characteristics -- she's just cold and nasty.
The story picks up roughly where "Species II" left off: A medical van carrying Eve's (Natasha Henstridge) body is suddenly attacked by a half-breed alien boy. Eve suddenly comes back to life, and immediately gives birth to a baby girl -- only to be killed by the half-breed. Before the kid can attack the baby, Dr. Abbot (Robert Knepper) runs off into the woods with her.
Yes, Natasha Henstridge is only in the movie for about three minutes, and she doesn't even have a line. Apparently this was just to fulfill her three-movie contract.
Dr. Abbot secretly raises the girl, whom he names Sara -- and after only a few days, she matures into a beautiful woman (Sunny Mabrey) who promptly starts looking for a mate. But she rejects all the humans because they have genetic flaws -- and it turns out that her half-breed half-siblings are all dying from compromised immune systems.
So Abbot enlists a grad student, Dean (Robin Dunne), to help him create a pure, disease-free strain of the "species"... not realizing that the half-breeds are closing in on Sara, who may be their only hope. Oh, and the government is also searching for Sara, but they're apparently too stupid to actually CHECK on the home of a missing man who vanished at the same time as an alien baby.Read more ›
darker in tone than the first one(we won't mention the unfortunate
second one)and their is more of a sense of jeopardy and doom.it takes
the intensity of the first one and brings it to a whole new level.we
get a good reveal of the sinister alien in this one,and it really looks
well done.this is a very smartly written film,with lots of action and
some pretty cool kills.the story is better than the first "Species"
with some added dimensions.the acting isn't really that great,but
that's not really the main focus here.that belongs to the alien
creature,played by Sunny Mabrey.if you're a guy,you better have a
bucket with you,because you'll drool all over the place when you see
this chick.as for the movie itself,i think it's better than the
original.for me,"Species 3" is a 4.5/5
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The effects are decent, with some great gore moments, and the creatures, while cheesy as can be, fit in with the film very well. The action is a little hokey, but over all, it works.
I saw the R-rated cut, and while all the violence was intact, there is about one minute more of nudity in the unrated cut. How there could be more, I have no idea, because the Sara and Amelia's breasts are on display for a good portion of the films running time. If you want a cheesy, but entertaining B-grade Sci Fi flick, there are worse things you can get, although I would suggest getting the first movie instead. But if you've already seen Species 1 and 2, check out part 3. I do think they would have been better off doing a TV series than this movie, but either way, I have a feeling that if this does alright we will probably end up with a Species 4.
It is one of the best SciFi channel pictures I've seen in awhile. Although the story is a little unbalanced, what with a scientist hoping to create a pure alien breed that would almost definitely destroy humanity, you actually pull for the lead characters in this flick. Sunny Mabrey does an excellent job as Sara, the offspring of Eve who has achieved a near-perfect genetic build to survive on Earth. Robert Knepper is good as the slightly mad scientist who hopes to create a perfect being. The young man who assists him and eventually becomes the focus of the film is convincingly hesistant in helping Knepper.
The film plods along for the first half hour or so, but once Sara breaks from her cocoon and the half-breeds start seeking her out, things pick up. One alien in particular, Amelia, gets pretty nasty in her hunt for Sara. A male half-breed also does a number on Knepper, the grad student, and Sara.
Much like the original "Species," this sequel has plenty of nudity and sex to appease the appetites of viewers, but it isn't the focal point of the film.
The special effects are very good, especially considering that SciFi channel had a hand in this production. The aliens might be people in rubber suits for the most part, but that only adds to the realism of the creatures. In fact, the only real glaring failure in this flick is when the CGI kicks in. CGI looks fake, no matter what people think. Just check out flicks like the latest "Star Wars" episode or "Blade II" if you don't believe me. I have no real problem with CGI effects, but I hope that they become more realistic with time. Thankfully, CGI use is pretty thin in "Species III."
Oh, and in case your wondering, the film does end on a high note and a slight hint at another sequel. I don't think one will be made, but like any good sci-fi franchise, there is always a window left open for the future.
I recommend this film to fans of the other "Species" flicks. If you enjoy B-movies on SciFi like I do, this will definitely be an upgrade for you. I think that SciFi fans in general will enjoy this film, it isn't as bad as some say it is.
In the first film, a distant planet sent a genetic sequence to Earth, which proved a luring recipe for disaster for a team of scientists who followed the instructions and wound up creating Syl (Natasha Henstridge). In no time at all, Syl grew into a creature who looks much of the time like an incredibly beautiful woman, driven to reproduce with - and kill - any human males she deems appropriate. In Species 2, a clone of the original Syl mated with an astronaut. Species 3 starts with a dying Syl giving birth to a child, who is swiftly appropriated and hidden away by Dr. Abbott (Robert Knepper), a university professor who is avidly curious and singularly nonjudgmental. With the self-named Sarah growing as an adult (Sunny Mabrey) in a couple of days, Dr. Abbott needs a bit of help and hires student Dean (Robin Dunne) to help him come up with a set of eggs. It seems that Syl left behind a legacy of decaying half-breeds who want Sarah to mate with them and continue their line. Meanwhile, the half-breeds aren't above some turmoil, and since Sarah comes from a lethal line herself ...
Ben Ripley's script goes in various unexpected directions, so that Sarah's conduct is truly unpredictable - we really don't know if she will be good or vicious in any given circumstances. This in turn makes Abbott and Dean seem more like authentic scientists rather than stereotypical horror movie enablers. The sequences with the naked Sarah and an aggressive half-breed called Amelia is really enticing (yeah, we know, they're aliens, they may sprout tentacles and kill somebody, but still ...), and they are undeniably scenic. The intrigue mechanics are definitely interesting. The characters are likeably original, with a nicely dry turn from Knepper and a credible performance as a dangerous above suspicion from the dazzling Mabrey.
IThe movie has a thoroughly filmlike appearance, with vivid colors and great definition in dark scenes. There are some nice, subtle effects of background machinery in Chapter 6 and a successful startling blast of music at the party in Chapter 13.
The audio commentary with director Turner, writer Ripley and actor Dunne is pleasant and instructive. There are four making-of segments - Evolution on casting and pre-production, Species DNA on production design, with designer Cameron Birnie illuminating on the wish to make the environments uncomfortable to look at - Alien Technology, which contrasts shots before and after the addition of CGI, and Intelligent Lifeforms, a decent segment on the creature design. A photo gallery is also included.
Species 3 does have the impact of the original, in an innovative way, it feels more consistent - the characters are certainly more appealing. It emerges as a more than agreeable and sexy SF diversion.
As Sara matures her need to breed kicks in but she is unique and needs another with her level of alieness. The professor takes on a student researcher to assist in his plans. Although it is easy to learn from past mistakes, it is not easy to predict new ones and things begin to get out of hand. Soon there are bodies to be hidden and aliens to deal with as well as the government once they manage to find out what is going on.
This one lacks the feeling and menace of the earlier films and is far more upbeat. It is a different story from the first two and there is no explanation for the proliferation of the hybrids. All in all it is not what one would look for if you wanted more of the same. While different in many ways there is still good alien action and plenty of nudity like the original. But if you want a development and not just a continuation, then you might really enjoy this one. With a young protagonist this one should appeal to a different audience.
This just wasn't terribly interesting, even for a direct-to-video movie. The story didn't have much forward momentum to it and the conclusion was fairly unsatisfying. The inclusion of the half-breed aliens didn't really serve any purpose except to put a stumbling block in front of the professor and his little science project. As far as the characters, the hot babe alien didn't have any emotions, so that pretty much wrote her out of the story. The professor and his student were just not very well developed and din't have any sort of personality traits that separated them from any other generic movie character. The whole thing left me uninterested. The worst part was there didn't seem to be any point to the story - what was the professor trying to do with the alien? This was never made clear, so when it wasn't successful, well, who cares?
Considering all the attention given to this being "unrated", it really didn't have any more gore or nudity than an average R rated movie.