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john_NP
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,_,
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recourse_NN
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._.
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self-replicating_VBG
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radio_NN
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._.
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decades_NNS
,_,
centuries_NNS
,_,
or_CC
millennia_NNS
,_,
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it_PP
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achievable_JJ
technology_NN
,_,
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a_DT
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receiving_VBG
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._.
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thirty-five_CD
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astronomer_NN
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a_DT
mini-series_NNS
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andromeda_NP
._.
afa_???
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a_DT
hoyle_JJ
transmission_NN
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the_DT
construction_NN
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a_DT
huge_JJ
computer_NN
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computer_NN
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life_NN
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earth_NN
,_,
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its_PP$
creation_NN
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an_DT
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intermediary_NN
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facilitate_VB
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._.
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ethereally_RB
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then-unknown_JJ
julie_NP
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._.
audience_NN
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strong_JJ
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a_DT
sequel_NN
,_,
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,_,
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equally_RB
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._.
dennis_NP
feldman_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
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,_,
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coherent_JJ
,_,
well-structured_JJ
movie_NN
scripts_NNS
;_;
they_PP
start_VB
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great_JJ
,_,
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disintegrate_VB
into_IN
a_DT
morass_NN
of_IN
chase_NN
and_CC
action_NN
,_,
mitigated_VBN
only_RB
by_IN
the_DT
presence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
obligatory_NN
beautiful_JJ
girl_NN
._.
feldman_NP
writes_VBZ
good_JJ
scenes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
has_HVZ
no_DT
idea_NN
how_WRB
to_TO
tell_VB
a_DT
story_NN
or_CC
write_VB
a_DT
movie_NN
,_,
even_RB
with_IN
a_DT
previous_JJ
version_NN
to_IN
use_NN
as_IN
a_DT
model_NN
._.
now_RB
,_,
in_IN
species_NN
,_,
we_PP
have_HV
a_DT
mundane_JJ
retread_NN
of_IN
the_DT
andromeda_NP
plotline_JJ
,_,
derailed_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
preoccupation_NN
with_IN
removing_VBG
the_DT
clothes_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
leading_JJ
lady_NN
and_CC
further_JJR
ruined_JJ
by_IN
a_DT
mediocre_JJ
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to_IN
emulate_VB
several_DT
recent_JJ
horror_NN
films_NNS
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
splatter_VB
,_,
gore_NP
,_,
and_CC
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._.
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ben_NP
kingsley_NP
,_,
who_WP
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completely_RB
wasted_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
badly-written_NP
portrayal_NN
of_IN
a_DT
feebly_RB
amoral_JJ
scientist_NN
._.
forest_NN
whitaker_NP
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alfred_NP
molina_NP
are_BER
also_RB
served_VBN
poorly_RB
by_IN
the_DT
script_NN
._.
the_DT
species_NN
story_NN
is_BEZ
relatively_RB
simple_JJ
;_;
we_PP
have_HV
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radioing_VBG
information_NN
about_IN
ourselves_PPX
and_CC
our_PP$
dna_???
out_RP
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space_NN
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1971_CD
,_,
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have_HV
been_BEN
receiving_VBG
answers_NNS
for_IN
two_CD
years_NNS
._.
(_(
note_VB
that_DT
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
1970_CD
's_BEZ
,_,
we_PP
really_RB
didn't_DOD
know_VB
diddly_RB
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the_DT
human_JJ
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structure_NN
,_,
and_CC
were_BED
hardly_RB
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a_DT
position_NN
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radio_NN
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set_NN
of_IN
blueprints_NNS
for_IN
human_JJ
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._.
even_RB
today_RB
,_,
all_PDT
we_PP
can_MD
do_DO
is_BEZ
give_VB
information_NN
about_IN
dna_???
and_CC
how_WRB
it_PP
works_VBZ
,_,
not_XNOT
a_DT
copy_NN
of_IN
human_JJ
dna_???
,_,
because_CS
we_PP
don't_DO
have_HV
it_NN
analyzed_JJ
yet_RB
._.
)_)
the_DT
answers_NNS
we_PP
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the_DT
unknown_JJ
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recreating_VBG
a_DT
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
alien_NN
race_NN
,_,
and_CC
doctor_NN
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,_,
played_VBD
by_IN
ben_NP
kingsley_NP
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is_BEZ
placed_VBN
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charge_NN
of_IN
the_DT
attempt_NN
._.
the_DT
script_NN
begins_VBZ
to_IN
go_NN
off_IN
the_DT
deep_JJ
end_NN
at_IN
this_DT
point_NN
,_,
when_CS
the_DT
result_NN
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a_DT
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girl_NN
who_WP
can_MD
shape-shift_VB
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any_DT
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several_DT
ugly_JJ
alien_NN
life_NN
forms_NNS
._.
the_DT
first_OD
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
something_PN
to_TO
offer_VB
,_,
as_CS
"_"
sil_NP
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"_"
the_DT
alien_NN
girl_NN
,_,
struggles_NNS
with_IN
her_PP$
multi-form_NN
existence_NN
,_,
changing_VBG
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beauty_NN
to_IN
lizard_NP
to_IN
giant_NN
cockroach_NN
and_CC
back_NN
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all_PDT
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trying_VBG
to_IN
understand_VB
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own_DT
place_NN
in_IN
the_DT
cosmos_NNS
._.
she_PP
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oddly_RB
knowledgeable_JJ
about_IN
human_JJ
society_NN
,_,
with_IN
glaring_JJ
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where_CS
her_PP
social_JJ
skills_NNS
should_MD
be_BE
._.
her_PP
instincts_NNS
are_BER
to_IN
mate_NN
and_CC
procreate_JJ
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
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her_PP$
attempts_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
area_NN
._.
escaping_JJ
from_IN
her_PP$
birth_NN
laboratory_NN
in_IN
utah_???
,_,
sil_NP
is_BEZ
pursued_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
team_NN
of_IN
drafted_VBN
civilians_NNS
with_IN
orders_NNS
to_IN
find_NN
her_PP
and_CC
kill_VB
her_PP$
._.
she_PP
goes_VBZ
on_IN
an_DT
eating_NN
binge_NN
,_,
spins_VBZ
herself_PPX
a_DT
cocoon_NN
,_,
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emerges_VBZ
as_CS
an_DT
adult_NN
,_,
played_VBD
by_IN
natasha_NP
henstridge_NN
,_,
who_WP
goes_VBZ
a_DT
long_JJ
way_NN
toward_IN
re-creating_VBG
the_DT
sheerly_RB
inhuman_JJ
beauty_NN
julie_NP
christie_NP
achieved_VBN
in_IN
1960_CD
._.
the_DT
pursuers_NNS
:_:
michael_NP
madsen_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
assassin_NN
/_SYM
exterminator_NN
;_;
forrest_NP
whitaker_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
convenient_JJ
empath_NN
/_SYM
psychic_JJ
,_,
just_RB
as_CS
though_CS
the_DT
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
government_NN
actually_RB
had_HVD
such_DT
people_NN
on_IN
call_NN
._.
neither_RB
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
do_DO
much_DT
with_IN
the_DT
writing_NN
and_CC
directing_VBG
provided_VBN
._.
whitaker_NP
's_POS
role_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
aimed_VBD
at_IN
making_VBG
whitaker_NP
a_DT
male_JJ
copy_NN
of_IN
star_NN
trek_???
:_:
the_DT
next_OD
generation_NN
's_POS
"_"
counselor_NN
cleavage_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
other_JJ
members_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
strike_NN
team_NN
are_BER
played_VBN
by_IN
marg_???
helgenberger_NN
and_CC
alfred_NP
molina_NP
._.
kingsley_NP
and_CC
whitaker_NP
are_BER
both_RB
consummate_JJ
professionals_NNS
,_,
too_RB
good_JJ
to_IN
not_XNOT
work_NN
to_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
of_IN
their_PP$
abilities_NNS
;_;
but_CC
the_DT
performances_NNS
donaldson_NP
elicited_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
are_BER
disappointing_JJ
and_CC
bland_JJ
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
apparent_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
direction_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
bit_NN
weak_JJ
._.
h_NN
._.
r_NN
._.
giger_NN
's_POS
design_NN
for_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
form_NN
of_IN
the_DT
alien_NN
creature_NN
is_BEZ
actually_RB
a_DT
bit_NN
boring_JJ
when_CS
we_PP
finally_RB
get_VB
to_IN
see_NN
it_PP
,_,
although_CS
previous_JJ
digital_JJ
effects_NNS
were_BED
done_DON
quite_RB
smoothly_RB
._.
the_DT
main_JJ
fault_NN
of_IN
species_NN
is_BEZ
lack_NN
of_IN
originality_NN
;_;
it_PP
starts_VBZ
out_RP
with_IN
a_DT
wonderful_JJ
,_,
albeit_CS
borrowed_VBN
,_,
premise_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
doesn't_DOZ
live_JJ
up_IN
to_IN
it_PP
._.
all_PDT
we_PP
get_VB
are_BER
chase_NN
scenes_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
few_DT
nice_JJ
sex_NN
scenes_NNS
,_,
with_IN
a_DT
few_DT
monsters_NNS
tossed_VBD
in_IN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
buildup_???
of_IN
tension_NN
and_CC
suspense_NN
,_,
no_DT
climax_NN
worthy_NN
of_IN
the_DT
name_NN
;_;
species_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
a_DT
sequence_NN
of_IN
"_"
scare_NN
"_"
scenes_NNS
stuck_VBN
together_RB
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
carried_VBN
by_IN
its_PP$
chase_NN
and_CC
sex_NN
scenes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
rescued_VBN
by_IN
them_PP
._.
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
as_CS
an_DT
exercise_NN
in_IN
sci-fi_???
action_NN
/_SYM
adventure_NN
,_,
it_PP
certainly_RB
beats_VBZ
the_DT
ichor_NN
out_RP
of_IN
judge_NN
dredd_???
._.
species_NN
earns_VBZ
an_DT
extra_JJ
rating_NN
point_NN
or_CC
two_CD
for_IN
having_HVG
ben_NP
kingsley_NP
and_CC
natasha_NP
henstridge_NN
on_IN
board_NN
,_,
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by_IN
and_CC
large_JJ
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
fun_JJ
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for_IN
those_DT
of_IN
us_PP
who_WP
really_RB
like_VB
this_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
thing_NN
._.
my_PP$
personal_JJ
rating_NN
is_BEZ
three_CD
stars_NNS
,_,
but_CC
knock_NN
one_CD
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two_CD
of_IN
those_DT
off_IN
if_CS
you_PP
don't_DO
enjoy_VB
pretty_JJ
unclothed_JJ
ladies_NNS
and_CC
bloodthirsty_NN
alien_NN
monsters_NNS
._.
mpaa_???
classification_NN
:_:
r_NN
(_(
violence_NN
,_,
gore_NP
,_,
nudity_NN
,_,
sex_NN
,_,
language_NN
)_)
stars_NNS
:_:
ben_NP
kingsley_NP
,_,
michael_NP
madsen_NP
,_,
forest_NN
whitaker_NP
,_,
alfred_NP
molina_NP
,_,
marg_???
helgenberger_NN
,_,
natasha_NP
henstridge_NN
directed_VBN
by_IN
:_:
roger_NP
donaldson_NP
produced_VBD
by_IN
:_:
frank_NP
mancuso_???
jr_JJ
._.
and_CC
dennis_NP
feldman_NP
typed_VBN
by_IN
:_:
dennis_NP
feldman_NP
cinematography_NN
:_:
andrzej_???
bartkowiak_NP
music_NN
:_:
christopher_NP
young_JJ
run_NN
time_NN
:_:
1995_CD
minutes_NNS
aspect_NN
ratio_NN
:_:
1995_CD
._.
1995_CD
:_:
1995_CD
from_IN
mgm_???
,_,
opens_VBZ
1995_CD
july_NP
1995_CD
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