Although I didn't realize it at the time, Species was one of the first B-grade horror movies of the 1990's. Species II is even more so, because the director focuses more on sex, women, and gore than anything else. Unfortunately, it still lacks to make a good movie.
The only reason Species was even remotely popular was that it starred Natasha Henstridge, she got naked, and tried to have sex with lots of people. The movie itself wasn't that scary, had pretty bad acting, and a pretty bland story.
Species II had great potential, but it doesn't do anything with it. It starts off with man landing on the moon (and, of course, bringing back alien DNA), but then it just collapses from there. The astronaut captain immediately starts having sex with women left and right, to procreate, and at the same time, some people begin to suspect something odd, especially the people involved in the "Eve" project. Eve is Sil (Henstridge) recreated with less deadly genes. Basically, the plot is that Henstridge, though trying to be good and human, is drawn to the astronaut, and he to her. If they have a baby, it will be invincible.
This is definitely a guy's movie. There's lots of sex, lots of nudity, and lots of Natasha Henstridge. Unfortunately, she isn't a deadly beauty. She's a good beauty, and I detect that they were trying to turn her in to an Arnold Schwarzenegger, a la Terminator 2. They failed. And with the other characters as well. There is no character development, except between the doctor and Eve, even though the doctor was almost killed by Henstridge in the original film.
Species II is a B-grade movie, but not that good of one.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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