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Species: The Awakening (2007)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | Video 2 October 2007
When she reaches the end of her lifespan, a scientist rushes to Mexico, in order to save the half-breed alien seductress he raised as his docile niece, but soon awakens the deadly, sexual predator inside her.

Director:

Nick Lyon

Writers:

Dennis Feldman (characters), Ben Ripley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edy Arellano Edy Arellano ... Calderon
Marco Bacuzzi ... Rinaldo
Jan Bouda Jan Bouda ... Student #2
Ben Cross ... Tom
Roger Cudney ... Leland
Mon de León Mon de León ... Dancing Girl (as Monserrat de León)
German Fabregat German Fabregat ... Technician
Marlene Favela ... Azura
Meagen Fay ... Celeste
Kristyan Ferrer ... Mexican Boy #1 (as Kristian Ferrer)
Cynthia Francesconi Cynthia Francesconi ... Collette
Alejandra Gollas ... Trauma Nurse
Alizair Gomez Alizair Gomez ... Mexican Boy #2 (as Alizair Gómez)
Eleazar Gómez ... Student #3
Harding Junior ... Student #1
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Dr. Hollander, a scientist, takes his niece, Miranda to Mexico, in an attempt to reverse the effects of the alien DNA he used to create her. However the treatment goes horribly wrong, and it sets Miranda on a killing spree as she sets out to find a mate.

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Irresistible beauty. Unstoppable instincts.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The producers wanted to go back to H.R. Giger's designs of the alien creature due to popularity with fans and the absence of this decision in Species III (2004). The original look is apparent but with different color variations and new spikes on the aliens' wrists of the nemesis. See more »

Goofs

When Miranda is 'born' the second time and she gets up after rolling on the floor you can clearly see she is wearing skin-colored underwear to cover herself below the waist. See more »

Quotes

Miranda Hollander: For their punishment Zeus gave them women.
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Connections

Referenced in Stan Helsing (2009) See more »

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Quién Eres Tú
Written by Fernando Lechuga and Dora Reyes
Performed by Fernando Lechuga
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A tame Species movie that exists only to exploit fans
5 March 2011 | by filmnut1See all my reviews

MGM's Species franchise, like Wishmaster and The Crow, is a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns. Roger Donaldson's 1995 hit Species was a stylish, self-consciously trashy homage to B-movies. One that has had its scenario rehashed three times now.

One would expect a low-budget sequel to revel in sleaze and gore, but since 2004, when the concept was resurrected, 6 years after the cinema release of the disastrous Species 2 (1998), for the direct-to-DVD market, there has been a surprising resistance to the gratuitous ingredients of sex and violence. Species 3 paid little more than lip service to the desires of the target audience and the same is true here.

Deviating from the plot line established by the first three films, which featured Natasha Henstridge, The Awakening is a standalone feature that references and reimagines the ideas of the first film. It posits an alternative scenario; what if the scientist played by Sir Ben Kingsley in the original had not kept the young girl like a rat in cage? What if he'd raised her like his own?

This could have made for an intriguing exploration of nature versus nurture. Had Henstridge's Sil been allowed to develop in a more normal way could her dangerous, alien side have been suppressed? Alas there is little such depth to this cheap cash-in.

Kingsley's role is reinterpreted by fellow British thespian Ben Cross, while Swede Helena Mattsson (who looks a bit like Nicole Kidman) takes over where Henstridge and Sunny Mabrey left off. With only four key cast members and no sign of even Michael Madsen, The Awakening is the weakest of exploitation films. Only the audience is being exploited.

A studio like MGM isn't short of cash, so the explanation for the cheapness of this film is clear; they knew they can get away with it and turn an easy profit. Studios like The Asylum have their desperately limited resources to explain their crass and dissatisfactory efforts, but there's simply no excuse for a Species film to be as unspectacular as this.

Feeling more like a cross between a vampire movie and a retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein than a sexy sci-fi movie, Nick Lyon's film merely coasts on tenuous links to its predecessors. There are the HR Giger-inspired creature costumes and the promise of flesh is vaguely satisfied but there's not much effort or imagination. Were it not for a few gratuitous moments and aggressive curse words this could have been made for mainstream TV.

Lyons does well to pay homage to the original film and its subtext but seems to have forgotten how tongue-in-cheek it all was. Species 4 should have taken things to a cartoonish extreme. Instead what could have been knowingly amusing is just po-faced and embarrassing. From Dominic Keating's terrible Aussie accent to the fact that the alien hybrids use their tongues as weapons, at one point they shoot icicle-like spears from their mouths in bullet-time, the experience is one of contradiction.

The original Species really went for it. Utterly shameless titillation. The sequel went further, but in a misjudged, sleazy and misogynistic direction. Perhaps this is why the following two instalments have been so tame. The Awakening, as evidenced by its 15 rating, delivers the bare minimum that one could expect from a film with the Species title. Cautiously exploitative.

Like its heroine, The Awakening is in denial, trying its best not to give in to its primitive instincts. There's the potential for a wild ride in its concept and its plot, but Lyons takes it so seriously that the only laughs come unintentionally. This is a film in which a back alley scientist creates sex-crazed human/alien hybrids that run around Mexico! One of them dresses as demonic nun and leaps between rooftops, lassoing potential prey with its tongue; this is potentially hilarious stuff! But it's stripped bare, like its heroine in the final act, devoid of emotion. This is a film of wasted opportunities.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

2 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Species IV See more »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)
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