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Species III

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IfSpecies 3lacks 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 … see full wiki

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  • Jun 14, 2005
I watched the first "Species" flick only recently and I enjoyed it rather well. I gave it a strong three stars for its entertainment value. While I've missed "Species II," I did manage to watch this unrated version of "Species III" and I must say that it is a pretty good flick considering it went straight to DVD.

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.

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