Species: The Awakening (2007)

saWe’re told in the first two “Species” movies that once the alien/human being begins to mature in to a woman of sexual charisma, she becomes a predatory monster. She wants to and has to pro-create. We’re also told in the sequel that the male has also the urge to breed and pro-create. So why our protagonist Miranda has no idea she’s part human and part alien until she’s told, is a major plot hole. This is of course only one part of the bigger problem in “Species: The Awakening” the final part in the “Species” series that continues to drive the film franchise from Hollywood fodder to DVD to fodder. Did no one noticed Miranda went from a child to an adult female in a day? Did she never figure out that she wasn’t given a teenage life by the lack of pictures? Why didn’t she ever ask questions about her parents?

Why did the government allow Uncle Tom to escape with Miranda without chasing after them? How did Miranda not understand she was a monster when we see in the original that the females inevitably give in to their urges and become drones anxious for sexual intercourse? Most importantly, why are all of the female specimens blond? There isn’t much to “Species: The Awakening” that we haven’t seen in the former films. A young blond beautiful woman is actually a carnivorous predator who has a mantis-like ability to use and destroy men. This time her watcher is Ben Cross, a man capable of over acting in most scenes he’s involved with Helena Mattsson, all the while never mustering up enough enthusiasm to sell the severity of this situation.

I’m still trying to figure out how Miranda was able to rampage and kill several doctors in a hospital without causing a nationwide dose of hysteria filled with lynch mobs and special agents.  The film is lacking in so much tension, the character Uncle Tom literally runs in to the hospital, grabs Miranda, and runs out with her. No one points them out or even runs away from them. “Species: The Awakening” is the worst of the bunch and that’s saying a lot when you consider the first two are soft core porn, and the third film is pretty the best, by default. Since this is technically a TV movie, the sexuality is immensely dialed down in favor of theatrics that turn Miranda in to a super heroine. She murders a bunch of doctors, and the next moment director Nick Lyon attempts to paint her as a potential female Spawn.

Of course by the time Miranda is aware of her abilities, she goes on the run and begins wreaking havoc (monsters tend to do that), and now Uncle Tom is on the chase. Of course along the way we’re embroiled in a deep plot about other human alien DNA hybrids and the like, all of which fail to properly entertain as they should, and this lackluster entry is a surefire nail in the coffin. I think “Species” had a clever little idea in the beginning and that’s devolved in to nothing but rampant sex scenes and clumsy cat and mouse games. This final film is barely worth your time. Even the fans of the “Species” films (all two of them) will find it incredibly difficult to make it through this lethargic and lackluster television movie that pairs a bunch of forgettable actresses up for a premise they can barely work with from minute one.