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Species II

Posted by: Sam
Date Submitted: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 12:57:44
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 13:29:03

As if the original wasn't bad enough, Species II sinks the series even lower. It's the bottom of the barrel on both star and turkey ratings, so not even bad movie lovers should bother.

The excuse for a plot begins with a manned mission to Mars. They get a sample of Mars' soil, which happens to contain sentient slime. The sentient slime crawls along the floor, infects an astronaut, suspends communications with Earth, and wipes the astronauts' memories all in one shot. You'd think a life form that sophisticated wouldn't look like crawling slime.

Once back on earth, the infected astronaut goes bonkers, spreading gore and good cheer everywhere he goes. The skewering slimy tentacles got old really fast, and it was only be sheer force of will and that I endured the stupidity to the end and retained my sanity. (But I suppose if I were truly sane, I'd have stopped the tape sooner.)

Meanwhile, the government is raising another alien life form like Sil, only mixed with human DNA to dilute the alien in her. In one of the most pathetic attempts at significance I've ever seen, her name is Eve.

The thing that got me most (in a groaning, forehead-slapping way -- there were no funny stupid things in this movie) was the way the movie ended. The first movie's ending had a silly, stupid opening for a sequel which, as if that weren't enough, the sequel didn't even make use of. The second movie's ending ends in almost the exact same way, with the added stupidity that any of the surviving characters should have predicted it and put a stop to it. Probably if there's a Speces III, they'll ignore this movie's opening for it, too.

Response From RinkWorks:

Yikes. And to think I almost rented this movie. I'd heard it was bad, but was hoping it was "good" bad.

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