Synopsis: While tracking down a serial killer who has left countless dead at local gyms, a police detective learns he is really tracking down an alien hunter looking to make clothes out of human flesh.
Who’s in it? Eric Roberts, Arnold Vosloo, John Rhys-Davies and Sarah Kaite Coughlan star in the movie.
Review: When I first picked out the movie “Endangered Species” earlier this week, I honestly wasn’t sure what I was going to get. From the description, it sounded like it might be a decent horror movie. However, at the same time, the “R” rating made me wonder if the movie would turn out to be a badly written soft core porn film. As it turns out, it fell somewhere in between.
Overall, I thought the movie had a decent plot, mostly because, even though we know the hunter (Saulis Siparis) is targeting only the physically fit, we aren’t really told exactly why until later in the movie. Also, the fact that there is another alien, Warden (Vosloo), adds a bit to the mystery because, at least at first, it’s hard to tell whether he is there to help or oppose the hunter. And, even though the ending was a little predictable, I thought it was OK.
The biggest problem with this movie is the weak execution. For one, there’s quite a bit of gratuitous nudity in the film. This is something that normally occurs when filmmakers are trying to distract people from a weak plot. But, again, the overall storyline in this movie wasn’t too terrible and, as a result, they really didn’t need to go that route.
In addition, the characters in this film seemed to lack any sort of urgency. Roberts’ character goes home to his wife every night and the rest of the police department just seems to stand around waiting for something to happen. There are also quite a few one-liners throughout the film that I think were meant to be witty but failed miserably because of poor presentation.
Final Opinion: I think, with some better editing and perhaps an upgrade or two in the cast, this film could have been pretty decent. Unfortunately, because of the excess nudity and weak execution overall, this isn’t a movie that is very memorable.
My Grade: C