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here_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
so_RB
unexpected_JJ
,_,
so_RB
scary_JJ
,_,
and_CC
so_RB
original_JJ
that_CS
it_PP
caught_VBD
me_PP
off_RP
guard_NN
and_CC
threw_VBD
me_PP
for_IN
a_DT
loop_NN
._.
okay_RB
,_,
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
quite_RB
original_JJ
,_,
considering_VBG
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
sequel_NN
to_IN
the_DT
box_NN
office_NN
hit_VBD
species_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
certainly_RB
is_BEZ
smart_JJ
._.
most_DT
films_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
genre_NN
are_BER
reminiscent_JJ
of_IN
those_DT
cheesy_NN
b-horror_NN
films_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
60s_CD
and_CC
60s_CD
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
even_RB
become_VBN
them_PP
._.
however_RB
,_,
as_CS
we_PP
learned_VBD
with_IN
the_DT
1995_CD
small-budget_NN
horror_NN
/_SYM
sci-fi_???
film_NN
,_,
sometimes_RB
expectations_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
shattered_VBN
._.
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
criticism_NN
has_HVZ
gone_VBN
against_IN
this_DT
film_NN
(_(
from_IN
what_WDT
i_PP
have_HV
read_VBN
so_RB
far_RB
,_,
anyway--yep_???
,_,
all_PDT
two_CD
reviews_NNS
)_)
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
makes_VBZ
me_PP
wonder_VB
why_WRB
these_DT
types_NNS
of_IN
films_NNS
are_BER
automatically_RB
dismissed_VBN
as_IN
gory_JJ
,_,
laughable_JJ
pieces_NNS
of_IN
trash_NP
._.
but_CC
,_,
the_DT
thing_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
well_RB
made_VBN
,_,
well_RB
acted_VBN
,_,
and_CC
quite_RB
intelligent_JJ
._.
i_PP
can_MD
see_VB
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
critics_NNS
now_RB
complaining_VBG
about_IN
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
gore_NP
or_CC
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
sexuality_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
but_CC
the_DT
species_NN
series_NN
isn't_BEZ
about_IN
the_DT
lack_NN
of_IN
these_DT
elements_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
how_WRB
much_DT
it_PP
can_MD
get_VB
into_IN
one_CD
film_NN
._.
and_CC
yet_RB
,_,
behind_IN
it_PP
all_PDT
,_,
it_PP
has_HVZ
this_DT
basic_JJ
premise_NN
that_CS
allows_VBZ
it_PP
to_TO
get_VB
away_RB
with_IN
doing_DOG
so_RB
._.
species_NN
ii_CD
begins_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
present_JJ
day_NN
,_,
though_CS
it_PP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
an_DT
alternate_JJ
universe_NN
._.
many_DT
films_NNS
(_(
especially_RB
sci-fi_???
ones_NNS
)_(
create_VB
similar_JJ
timelines_NNS
as_IN
our_PP$
realistic_JJ
one_CD
,_,
but_CC
change_NN
it_PP
to_IN
fit_JJ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
needs_NNS
._.
species_NN
ii_CD
begins_VBZ
with_IN
the_DT
arrival_NN
of_IN
an_DT
american_JJ
spacecraft_NN
,_,
the_DT
excursion_NN
,_,
landing_NN
on_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
of_IN
mars_NP
._.
aboard_RB
is_BEZ
patrick_NP
ross_NP
(_(
justin_NP
lazard_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
very_RB
bright_JJ
and_CC
very_RB
handsome_JJ
astronaut_NP
._.
patrick_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
son_NN
of_IN
senator_NN
ross_NP
(_(
james_NP
cromwell_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
just_RB
wants_VBZ
patrick_NP
to_IN
succeed_VB
._.
well_RB
,_,
it_PP
would_MD
seem_VB
that_DT
he_PP
has_HVZ
succeeded_VBN
._.
landing_NN
on_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
of_IN
mars_NP
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
first_OD
human_JJ
being_NN
to_IN
ever_RB
do_DO
so_RB
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
he_PP
isn't_BEZ
the_DT
first_OD
ever_RB
._.
about_IN
a_DT
billion_NN
years_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
an_DT
alien_NN
species_NN
supposedly_RB
landed_VBN
on_IN
mars_NP
and_CC
destroyed_VBN
the_DT
perfect_JJ
living_NN
conditions_NNS
that_CS
were_BED
able_JJ
to_TO
sustain_VB
life_NN
._.
now_RB
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
the_DT
red_JJ
planet_NN
is_BEZ
cold_JJ
and_CC
rocky_JJ
._.
no_DT
life_NN
lives_NNS
on_IN
it_PP
._.
that_CS
is_BEZ
,_,
no_DT
visible_JJ
life_NN
._.
patrick_NP
,_,
upon_IN
leaving_VBG
the_DT
spacecraft_NN
and_CC
landing_NN
on_IN
the_DT
red_JJ
soil_NN
,_,
collects_NNS
samples_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
ground_NN
._.
he_PP
takes_VBZ
them_PP
aboard_RB
,_,
and_CC
puts_VBZ
them_PP
in_IN
storage_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
samples_NNS
contains_VBZ
a_DT
form_NN
of_IN
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
gets_VBZ
loose_JJ
when_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
heated_JJ
aboard_IN
the_DT
ship_NN
._.
just_RB
prior_JJ
to_IN
heading_NN
back_NN
to_IN
earth_NN
,_,
this_DT
life_NN
form_NN
creeps_VBZ
along_IN
the_DT
floor_NN
and_CC
inhabits_VBZ
the_DT
earthlings_NNS
._.
they_PP
pass_VB
out_RP
for_IN
approximately_RB
seven_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
shrug_NN
it_NN
off_IN
as_IN
nothing_PN
,_,
because_CS
they_PP
can't_MD
even_RB
remember_VB
._.
they_PP
blame_VB
it_PP
on_IN
a_DT
technical_JJ
malfunction_NN
._.
back_NN
on_IN
earth_NN
,_,
patrick_NP
begins_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
strong_JJ
urges_NNS
to_IN
mate_NN
with_IN
as_IN
many_DT
women_NNS
as_IN
possible_JJ
._.
as_CS
we_PP
know_VB
from_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
because_CS
the_DT
alien_NN
wants_VBZ
to_IN
breed_NN
and_CC
take_VB
over_IN
the_DT
planet_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
children_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
bred_VBN
are_BER
half-human_NP
,_,
as_CS
their_PP$
father_NN
is_BEZ
._.
patrick_NP
is_BEZ
really_RB
looking_VBG
for_IN
another_DT
alien_NN
to_IN
breed_NN
with_IN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
finds_VBZ
it_PP
in_IN
eve_NN
(_(
natasha_NP
henstridge_NN
)_)
._.
eve_NN
was_BEDZ
cloned_VBN
from_IN
dna_???
taken_VBN
from_IN
sil_NP
,_,
the_DT
original_JJ
alien_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
this_DT
time_NN
around_IN
,_,
most_DT
of_IN
her_PP$
"_"
alien_JJ
"_"
urges_NNS
have_HV
been_BEN
either_RB
decreased_VBN
dramatically_RB
,_,
or_CC
lie_VB
dormant_JJ
._.
the_DT
project_NN
is_BEZ
led_VBN
by_IN
dr_NN
._.
laura_NN
baker_NP
(_(
marg_???
helgenberger_JJ
,_,
reprising_VBG
her_PP$
role_NN
from_IN
species_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
motives_NNS
seem_VB
respectable_JJ
._.
since_CS
she_PP
was_BEDZ
involved_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
alien_NN
attack_NN
,_,
she_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
learn_VB
how_WRB
to_TO
stop_VB
the_DT
alien_NN
should_MD
it_PP
come_VB
again_RB
._.
and_CC
it_PP
has_HVZ
._.
story-wise_FW
,_,
species_NN
ii_CD
is_BEZ
much_DT
stronger_JJR
than_CS
its_PP$
predecessor_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
much_DT
stronger_JJR
than_CS
,_,
say_VB
,_,
aliens_NNS
(_(
hey_UH
,_,
i_PP
love_VB
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
you_PP
can't_MD
tell_VB
me_PP
it_PP
was_BEDZ
strong_JJ
on_IN
story_NN
)_)
._.
what_WDT
surprised_JJ
me_NN
the_DT
most_DT
with_IN
this_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
the_DT
incorporation_NN
of_IN
historical_JJ
facts_NNS
into_IN
the_DT
screenplay_NN
._.
in_IN
my_PP$
search_NN
for_IN
extraterrestrial_JJ
intelligence_NN
course_NN
in_IN
college_NN
,_,
we_PP
learned_VBD
about_IN
a_DT
piece_NN
of_IN
rock_NN
from_IN
mars_NP
which_WDT
landed_VBD
in_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
poles_NNS
._.
this_DT
piece_NN
of_IN
rock_NN
contained_VBN
fossils_NNS
which_WDT
may_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
proof_NN
of_IN
life_NN
on_IN
mars_NP
(_(
later_RBR
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
proven_JJ
that_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
living_NN
creature_NN
that_CS
created_VBN
it_PP
)_(
._.
the_DT
script_NN
uses_VBZ
this_DT
effectively_RB
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
manages_VBZ
to_IN
provide_VB
a_NP
well-balanced_JJ
plot_NN
._.
beginning_NN
with_IN
the_DT
first_OD
man_NN
on_IN
mars_NP
(_(
something_PN
i_CD
have_HV
always_RB
dreamed_VBD
of_IN
seeing_VBG
)_)
,_,
i_PP
was_BEDZ
hoping_VBG
that_DT
the_DT
film_NN
would_MD
turn_VB
this_DT
element_NN
into_IN
a_DT
useful_JJ
starting_NN
point_NN
for_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
and_CC
it_PP
does_DOZ
it_NN
quite_RB
well_RB
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
all_PDT
smart_JJ
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
know_VB
what_WDT
to_TO
do_DO
and_CC
what_WDT
not_XNOT
to_TO
do_DO
._.
the_DT
only_JJ
character_NN
that_CS
seems_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
cliched_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
general_JJ
(_(
george_NP
dzundza_???
)_(
,_,
and_CC
yet_RB
,_,
he_PP
remains_VBZ
logical_JJ
in_IN
everything_PN
he_PP
does_DOZ
._.
there_EX
are_BER
the_DT
obvious_JJ
flaws_NNS
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
mostly_RB
lying_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
technical_JJ
aspects_NNS
._.
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
are_BER
only_RB
mediocre_JJ
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
are_BER
just_RB
plain_JJ
bad_JJ
._.
but_CC
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
they_PP
remain_VB
believable_JJ
(_(
i_PP
even_RB
noticed_VBD
a_DT
homage_NN
to_IN
the_DT
alien_NN
series_NN
when_CS
the_DT
mothers_NNS
gave_VBD
birth_NN
to_IN
alien_NN
children_NNS
)_)
._.
also_RB
,_,
the_DT
most_DT
realistic_JJ
ones_NNS
are_BER
usually_RB
the_DT
goriest_NN
,_,
ranging_VBG
from_IN
people_NN
being_BEG
torn_VBN
open_JJ
,_,
or_CC
someone_PN
's_POS
head_NN
being_BEG
blown_VBN
off_IN
._.
however_RB
,_,
some_DT
plot_NN
elements_NNS
also_RB
may_MD
elicit_VB
laughs_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
,_,
including_IN
a_DT
menage_NN
a_DT
troi_???
that_RB
is_BEZ
all_PDT
but_IN
necessary_JJ
._.
many_DT
people_NN
dislike_NN
the_DT
species_NN
series_NN
because_CS
all_PDT
it_PP
is_BEZ
is_BEZ
an_DT
excuse_NN
for_IN
sex_NN
,_,
nudity_NN
,_,
and_CC
gory_JJ
violence_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
i_PP
tend_VB
to_TO
disagree_VB
._.
what_WDT
were_BED
the_DT
alien_JJ
films_NNS
about_IN
?_?
and_CC
,_,
if_CS
an_DT
alien_NN
species_NN
ever_RB
did_DOD
come_VB
to_TO
earth_NN
,_,
and_CC
their_PP$
sole_JJ
purpose_NN
was_BEDZ
to_TO
destroy_VB
us_PP
,_,
wouldn't_MD
you_PP
mate_NN
as_IN
quickly_RB
as_CS
possible_JJ
with_IN
as_RB
many_DT
people_NN
as_IN
possible_JJ
?_?
my_PP$
only_JJ
gripe_NN
with_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
during_IN
the_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
patrick_NP
goes_VBZ
searching_NN
for_IN
a_DT
mate_NN
in_IN
a_DT
grocery_NN
store_NN
._.
i_PP
didn't_DOD
realize_VB
that_DT
aliens_NNS
were_BED
that_DT
picky_JJ
on_IN
choosing_VBG
women_NNS
to_IN
mate_NN
with_IN
(_(
i_CD
just_RB
assume_VB
it_PP
is_BEZ
his_PP$
part-human_NN
side_NN
looking_VBG
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
beautiful_JJ
one_CD
)_)
._.
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
quite_RB
good_JJ
for_IN
this_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
film_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
vast_JJ
improvement_NN
over_IN
the_DT
first_OD
film_NN
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
._.
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
key_JJ
element_NN
to_IN
this_DT
film_NN
:_:
if_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
bad_JJ
,_,
it_PP
would_MD
have_HV
lowered_VBN
itself_PPX
into_IN
camp_NN
;_;
if_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
good_JJ
,_,
it_PP
would_MD
have_HV
asked_VBN
for_IN
comparison_NN
with_IN
films_NNS
like_IN
aliens_NNS
._.
okay_RB
,_,
so_RB
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
that_DT
good_JJ
._.
george_NP
dzundza_???
is_BEZ
probably_RB
the_DT
most_DT
obvious_JJ
mistake_NN
on_IN
casting_NN
,_,
as_CS
his_PP$
over-the-top_NN
impersonation_NN
of_IN
a_DT
general_JJ
makes_VBZ
him_PP
annoying_VBG
and_CC
distracting_VBG
._.
natasha_NP
henstridge_NN
is_BEZ
limited_JJ
this_DT
time_NN
around_IN
,_,
as_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
usually_RB
enclosed_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
cage_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
she_PP
does_DOZ
manage_VB
a_DT
very_RB
impressive_JJ
performance_NN
with_IN
this_DT
aspect_NN
hindering_VBG
any_DT
of_IN
her_PP$
talent_NN
._.
oh_UH
yeah_UH
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
's_BEZ
quite_RB
fun_JJ
to_IN
just_RB
plain_JJ
watch_NN
._.
marg_???
helgenberger_NN
is_BEZ
immensely_RB
better_JJR
this_RB
time_NN
around_IN
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
performance_NN
is_BEZ
probably_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
michael_NP
madsen_NP
is_BEZ
so-so_???
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
isn't_BEZ
annoying_VBG
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
soon_RB
becomes_VBZ
rather_RB
appealing_JJ
(_(
with_IN
his_PP$
nice_JJ
cynic_JJ
personality_NN
)_)
._.
james_NP
cromwell_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
small_JJ
part_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
makes_VBZ
it_PP
much_DT
better_JJR
than_CS
what_WDT
it_PP
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
with_IN
a_DT
more_DT
incapable_JJ
actor_NN
._.
as_CS
i_PP
say_VB
,_,
any_DT
film_NN
with_IN
james_NP
cromwell_NP
dramatically_RB
increases_VBZ
in_IN
likeability_NN
._.
mykelti_???
williamson_NP
gives_VBZ
an_DT
enjoyable_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
a_DT
more_DT
down-to-earth_NN
feel_VB
._.
and_CC
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
justin_NP
lazard_NP
._.
lazard_NP
has_HVZ
so_RB
far_RB
been_BEN
ridiculed_VBN
for_IN
his_PP$
performance_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
think_VB
he_PP
is_BEZ
effective_JJ
._.
sure_JJ
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
wooden_JJ
,_,
but_CC
isn't_BEZ
that_DT
what_WDT
his_PP$
character_NN
is_BEZ
like_IN
?_?
the_DT
moment_NN
when_CS
he_PP
touches_VBZ
the_DT
glass_NN
separating_VBG
henstridge_NN
from_IN
him_PP
was_BEDZ
extremely_RB
well_RB
done_DON
,_,
due_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
couple_NN
's_POS
acting_JJ
._.
species_NN
ii_CD
is_BEZ
rated_VBN
r_NN
for_IN
strong_JJ
sexuality_NN
,_,
sci-fi_???
violence_NN
/_SYM
gore_NP
and_CC
language_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
definitely_RB
an_DT
r_NN
rated_VBN
film_NN
that_CS
young_JJ
kids_NNS
should_MD
not_XNOT
see_VB
._.
more_DT
than_CS
likely_JJ
,_,
they_PP
would_MD
probably_RB
have_HV
nightmares_NNS
and_CC
never_RB
have_HV
sex_NN
for_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
lives_NNS
._.
hell_NN
,_,
i_PP
don't_DO
even_RB
know_VB
if_CS
i_PP
will_MD
._.
what_WDT
is_BEZ
sure_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
critically_RB
lambasted_VBN
film_NN
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
surprise_NN
film_NN
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
i_PP
probably_RB
won't_MD
see_VB
another_DT
film_NN
where_CS
i_PP
was_BEDZ
expecting_VBG
so_RB
little_JJ
and_CC
got_VBD
so_RB
much_DT
for_IN
quite_RB
a_DT
while_CS
._.
director_NN
peter_NP
medak_???
has_HVZ
crafted_JJ
a_NN
very_RB
suspenseful_JJ
,_,
and_CC
sometimes_RB
very_RB
scary_JJ
movie_NN
out_RP
of_IN
a_DT
mediocre_JJ
series_NN
._.
medak_???
has_HVZ
also_RB
mastered_JJ
the_DT
wonderful_JJ
"_"
jump_NN
!_!
"_"
moments_NNS
,_,
and_CC
has_HVZ
probably_RB
the_DT
second_NN
scariest_JJS
moment_NN
i_PP
have_HV
ever_RB
seen_VBN
on_IN
film_NN
(_(
scream_NN
still_RB
has_HVZ
the_DT
first_OD
)_(
._.
strong_JJ
acting_JJ
,_,
smart_JJ
dialogue_NN
,_,
intelligent_JJ
plotting_VBG
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
sure-handed_JJ
director_NN
,_,
species_NN
ii_CD
is_BEZ
exactly_RB
what_WDT
these_DT
films_NNS
should_MD
be_BE
:_:
entertaining_JJ
._.