Species

Synopsis: In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed.
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Roger Donaldson
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.8
Metacritic:
49
Rotten Tomatoes:
36%
R
Year:
1995
108 min
1,704 Views


I'm sorry.

I'm sorry?

Sir, she's breaking out!

What are we looking for?

She jumped over the fence!

A couple of trains came through here

about the time she escaped.

Do you think she could have

gotten this far in that time?

Is she that fast?

She is that fast.

And this too.

- $3. 10.

- Three dollars and ten cents?

- Your change.

- Thank you.

Can I help you?

The total is $ 17.95.

Here's your card.

Are you gonna buy those?

Have a nice trip.

It's brown tweed bag, like a duffel.

Do you see it anywhere?

- Sir, it's not here.

- The porter said he put it on the cart.

This is the cart.

There's no bag here.

Government authorities said it was

the largest earthquake to strike...

He's riding Greased Lightning.

That was Shorty Kincaid.

Enjoy the view.

Excuse me.

We shouldn 't be seen together.

Father hasn 't been dead long.

Do you think Arlen suspects?

No. It's not too soon

for us to be together.

Tickets.

Are you traveling by yourself?

You're 12?

Someone meeting you

in Los Angeles?

We'll say you're 11.

Then you only pay half price.

Our little girl did this?

She's not a little girl.

DNA typing and material found in

those wounds proves it was her.

She could be anywhere. Chicago,

Las Vegas, Los Angeles, anywhere.

We should stop the trains.

And have the railroad and police

ask questions we can't answer?

We'll put key personnel at

every stop along these lines.

I want a team to track her.

Hunt her down.

- Good morning, Jill.

- Hello.

- Thanks for taking care of my cat.

- We'll take good care of him.

I won't be gone very long.

Take care.

Bye-bye.

Are you still having problems

with the people at work?

They point their finger

at me saying...

...I'm the weird one,

I'm the strange one.

Why? Because I have feelings?

Because I feel?

There's someone at the door.

I won't answer that. Whoever it is

can come back at the end of the hour.

That's for me.

Sorry to interrupt.

We need your help, Dan.

I know.

Gotta go.

Mr. Fitch will be with you all

in just a moment.

Well...

I guess we all must be here

for the same reason...

...whatever that is.

I'm Dan Smithson...

...and I don't know why

I'm here either.

But they said they needed me and

it was important, so I came.

What do you do, Dan?

I'm an empath.

Sometimes they show me awful things

people have done.

I try to tell them why they did it.

What qualifies you for that?

I feel things deeply, that's all.

What am I feeling now?

You wanna believe that

nothing affects you...

...that you're not afraid of anything.

But you're curious...

...just like the rest of us.

Stephen Arden.

Harvard Anthropology Department.

Expert at cross-cultural behavior.

Laura Baker. Hi. Molecular biologist.

And who are you,

and what do you do?

Preston Lennox.

And if I'm here...

...the sh*t has hit the fan.

What exactly is your area

of specialty, Mr. Lennox?

I'm a freelance solution to

our government's problems.

What exactly might they be?

The kind people don't usually

like to talk about.

You hunt people, don't you?

I guess so.

You in here? It's a little late for TV.

You in here, honey?

Good evening, I'm Xavier Fitch.

I'm in charge of this operation.

Would you sit a little closer, please?

In November of 1974...

...a small group from S.E.T. I...

...S- E-T-I, Search for

Extraterrestrial Intelligence...

...used radio dishes at Arecibo...

...to send a message to whoever

was listening.

They sent a quarter of a kilobyte...

...including structure

of human DNA...

...a map of our solar system...

...population of the Earth.

Helpful facts like that.

In January of 1993, Arecibo

received a message back...

...from an extra terrestrial...

...unknown source.

That's great.

Intelligent life beyond this planet?

Yes.

There were two communications.

The first message turned out to be

a superior catalyst for methane.

We now have the potential...

...to produce infinite energy

from this clean-burning fuel.

This convinced us we were dealing

with a friendly intelligence.

The second message turned out

to be a new sequence of DNA...

...with friendly instructions

on how to combine it with ours.

Here's some technical data.

Get feedback from Dr. Baker.

Basically...

...the new combined

DNA sequence...

...was injected into 100...

...human ova.

We got 7...

...to divide.

Four petered out.

Two were stored in liquid nitrogen.

And we allowed one to grow.

Its code name is "Sil."

That's after 2 hours.

One day.

Two days.

- My God.

- This growth is amazing.

A week.

- It's a girl.

- Yes.

We decided to make it female

so it would be more docile...

...and controllable.

- More docile and controllable, huh?

Well, I guess you guys

don't get out much.

That's her 1 month

after she was born.

So you kept her caged in there?

It was safer to keep her isolated.

She didn't like being locked up.

She didn't like being alone.

Didn't she?

She's hiding something.

Something inside.

You're right, Dan.

This is three months after

she was born. Watch carefully.

What the hell was that?

Back the tape up.

Watch her eyes.

Rapid eye movement.

She's dreaming.

- She's having horrible nightmares.

- It's some kind of anxiety reaction.

Got me a little anxious.

It made the research team

a little anxious too...

...so the decision was made

to terminate the experiment...

...to run more research to see

what we were dealing with.

You were going to gas her?

That was the decision.

It makes you feel mad.

You feel mad that you had to

kill her, don't you?

I don't know.

Yes.

Yesterday the body of a transient was

found in a boxcar near Salt Lake City.

Preliminary DNA tests conclude...

...he was killed by our creation,

by our Sil.

Found any other bodies?

- Not yet.

- You will.

She's a predator.

Her eyes are in front...

...so she can judge the distance

to her prey.

That's right.

Where'd you learn that?

I saw it on the Discovery Channel.

I caught that show myself.

- Mr. Lennox.

- Yeah?

As the...

...non-scientist amongst us,

are you clear about what's going on?

I think so.

You created a monster...

...with a formula you got

from outer space.

The damn thing got away. Now you

want us to hunt it down and kill it.

Now, is that pretty close?

I guess.

You don't want us...

...to capture her alive

so that we can study her?

Laura, I think this is strictly a

search and destroy operation.

Nobody ever asked me to find

anything they didn't want dead.

I'm sorry for you.

Yeah, well...

Thank you, Dan.

I'm sorry for her.

May I have your attention, please?

Welcome to Los Angeles. This is

the terminal stop for the Desert Star.

All passengers please disembark.

Something bad happened here.

- No sh*t.

- Crushed her larynx.

She was afraid.

She's scared, frightened.

Hungry too.

She's been eating like a horse.

Our girl is definitely not on a diet.

She's storing calories for something.

Any ideas?

Oh, my...

Well, that's...

That looks like some sort of...

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Dennis Feldman

Dennis Jeffrey Feldman (born 1946) is a North American screenwriter, photographer, film producer and director. more…

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