The Malta Independent on Sunday - - CINEMA -

While ex­plor­ing space for new hab­it­able worlds, a probe be­long­ing to bio­engi­neer­ing cor­po­ra­tion Life Foun­da­tion dis­cov­ers a comet cov­ered in sym­bi­otic life­forms. They bring four sam­ples back to Earth, but one es­capes and causes the ship to crash in Malaysia. The Life Foun­da­tion re- cov­ers the other three and trans­ports them to their re­search fa­cil­ity in San Fran­cisco, where CEO Carl­ton Drake learns that the sym­biotes can­not sur­vive without oxy­gen-breath­ing hosts, which of­ten re­ject the sym­bio­sis. In­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Ed­die Brock reads about Drake's hu­man tri­als in a clas­si­fied doc­u­ment in the pos­ses­sion of his fi­ancée Anne Wey­ing, an at­tor­ney in­volved in pre­par­ing a law­suit de­fense for Life Foun­da­tion. Brock con­fronts Drake, lead­ing to both Brock and Wey­ing los­ing their jobs. Wey­ing ends their re­la­tion­ship.

Six months later, Drake is get- ting closer to achiev­ing suc­cess­ful sym­bio­sis. Brock is ap­proached by Dora Skirth, one of Drake's sci­en­tists who dis­agrees with his meth­ods and wants to help Brock ex­pose him. She helps Brock break into the re­search fa­cil­ity to search for ev­i­dence, and he learns that an ac­quain­tance of his, a home­less woman named Maria, has be­come one of Drake's test sub­jects. Brock at­tempts to res­cue Maria, but she at­tacks him and the sym­biote pos­sess­ing her trans­fers from her body to his, leav­ing her dead.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 12

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