Species 2

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

When astronaut Patrick Ross (Justin Lazard) walks on Mars, he becomes an American hero. But a soil sample he collects contains alien DNA which vaporizes and acts like a living creature and attacks the crew, merging into their bodies. On earth, alien DNA previously collected from Mars has been used to grow a half human clone of the original alien species. Named Eve (Natasha Henstridge), she's used in experiments to discover weakness that will help humans kill the invading species. The alien species now in Patrick's body is driven to reproduce and takes any opportunity to have sex. When the alien presence is realized, Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helenberger) must waken Eve's dormant alien powers to locate rampaging Patrick and find a way to stop his sexual activities. Enlisted in the hunt is security agent Press Lennox (Michael Madsen), who fought with the original alien creature. But the key seems to be astronaut Gamble (Mykelti Williamson) who was unaffected by the alien DNA. Fans of the original will ignore the logic holes, but this sci-fi gorefest's simple plot line may bore less devoted watchers.

The theme of species survival and alien reproduction methods with sex and nudity are shown frequently. Patrick has sex with several women where breast and female rear nudity are featured. The fetuses grow so quickly that they erupt from the women's stomachs minutes after the sexual encounter as nearly grown children, killing the women. As the doctor performs an autopsy on a woman, an alien object shoots out of the corpse. When he first realizes he's killed the women, Patrick attempts suicide by firing off a shotgun in his mouth. But his exploded head quickly regrows because of the alien DNA. Foul language further pollutes with frequent crudities and obscenities including 13 f-words and God's name used in vain 15 times. SPECIES II has resorted to foul language, gore, sex and nudity in the extreme to appeal to prurient interests. It should be avoided.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (33) times--Mild 22, Moderate 11

Obscene Language: Many (19) times (f-word 13, s-word 3, other 3)

Profanity: Many (23) times - Regular 15, Exclamatory 8

Violence: Many times - Moderate and Severe (toxic gas produces welts on women, tentacles erupt from body and man's throat, bloody alien births through women's stomachs, man's stomach ripped by alien, alien tentacle pins man to wall, bloody body on autopsy table, alien pops out of head, head blown off by shotgun in mouth, attempted rape, woman/alien shot multiple times, pitchfork stuck in man's leg, aliens fight)

Sex: Several times (unmarried man/alien with multiple women), implied few times (couple in bed, van rocks w/couple inside)

Nudity: Breast and female rear nudity several times in sexual scenes and dancers in strip bar

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: References sexual quarantine and not having any sex for some time

Drugs: Few times (social drinking, smoking)

Other: Experiments on human/alien to learn weakness

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and young adults

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