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-Surprisingly emotional, gripping & engaging
I rented "Trash" initially confusing it w/ Jamie Pressly's similarly titled "Poor White Trash" (lol)...however, I was NOT disappointed with this film!! Sure, the movie is a bit amateurish & has its flaws (some over-acting, a mickey-mouse'd score, few cheesy lines), but ultimately this is a sincere, heart-felt good little movie. Jeremy Sisto gives a superb & immensely believable performance. Jamie Pressly is subtle, sexy & controlled as always. Both of these underrated actors really stand out in this flick. The direction is tight & focused, & really places the viewer in this desperate small town. (I couldn't help but thing of the far more effective "Gummo" & personal caparisons of eastern NC towns and the often desperate young people trying to break away). It's easy to connect and empathize with the characters, and provides for a gripping, emotional escape. I also loved the well-placed, twangy music. Anyways, I enjoyed this movie and everyone who I showed it to (or recommended it to) really got into it. Dismiss the overly critical (& suspiciously bitter) user reviews. Rent this little movie and be surprised!
For the braindead only
*****SPOILERS******SPOILERS******SPOILERS******* This movie is awful, yet so many rabid "fans" are swearing by this illogical, unfunny garbage that I must state my case. I understand Ivan Reitman's "style" (I loved Ghostbusters) but watching Evolution you'll realize that he's either lost his skill/edge or his mind. This movie contains no sort of originality. Yes, it completely copies Ghostbusters: 1.Main characters are professors; one sly, witty, skeptical wise-cracker hopelessly after the female lead. The other is laughable scientist, butt of the jokes. Sound familiar? (This doesn't work in Evolution b/c there is no char. development & the main actors' personalities are constantly being switched & traded b/t one another, contradicting earlier actions.) 2. The citywide invasion/people's reaction sequence. Just not funny or original anymore. (Did anyone really find the women's reaction to the alien "dog" believable or funny?). 3. Battle in the mall. (Think Slimer in the hotel' sequence).
4. The goofy intrusion of the military/gov't stripping the main char's of their duties. (Remember the EPA trying to shut down the Ghostbusters?) 5. The climatic ending w/ the ragtag bunch using their wits to battle a physically enormous creature (i.e. Staypuft or the overtaking slime in Ghostbusters II which Evolution's amoebae monster was the same consistency & color as.) 6. Finally the lame "commercial" ending reminiscent of the Ghostbusters' tv ad.
Evolution is also riddled w/ plot holes, scientific inaccuracies, & continuity errors... -As other's noted; the ridiculously small crater left by the massive meteor. -Why the "dangerous" flying lizard alien killed/ate no one at the mall, just scooped up a shoplifter for a joy ride(?!). -The flawed plan to lure said mall alien to the podium through the sound of Seann Scott's singing in the mic. If its amplified through the mall's speakers, how did the alien suddenly turn around & locate the source? -If the aliens were multiplying & evolving at such a rapid rate (in the cave system) why weren't their thousands of "primates" escaping through the tunnel system & wrecking havoc on the city? (There were only like 4 amongst the main colony days after they appeared) -Like these science professors would jump at the shampoo idea & order millions of bottles w/out even testing its effects. -Why didn't the shampoo spray out of the hose after we see Scott open the valve? And why doesn't the attached fire hose brought into the caves trail behind the fire truck after they dropped it & drove off? So many other ill-thought out aspects of this cinematic mess make me realize this was the "work" of several hack writers & amateur editing.
I was also less than impressed with the tired looking computer-generated f/x that ripped from another movie, Starship Troopers. Did anyone else notice the non-computerized close-ups of the amoebae monster (enema scene) resembled nothing like the slimy digitized version? And can Hollywood imagine aliens that don't look like glorified insects, lizards or blobs with tentacles?! This is an insult to intelligent sci-fi fans everywhere! The plot is copied, the effects are bland, the acting mediocre, & the cameo's not funny in Ivan Reitman's hodge-podge disaster Evolution. Wait for dvd/video to see the scary primates- the only value found in this glut.
SPOILER: This movie was the initial spark gave birth to the NC-17 rating. I remember when Hardware was released it was given an 'X' and the lead actress supposedly received a bad rep from her hometown for being in an X="porn"(?) Obviously this is no porn, and outcry for the MPAA to create an 'A'(adult)/NC-17 rating occurred. Hearing this, ya know I had to see it...
Hardware IS a brilliant movie! It is beautifully shot (intentionally tight, dark & claustrophobic); has flawless, cynical acting; a seamless blend of gritty music, effective jump-cuts, disturbing t.v. scenes involving real death, & absolutely NO CHEESE or stupid one-liners. Ultimately serious, something refreshing to most fans of the genre. Do not listen to the short attention span "critics" who cannot grasp this film. Most of whom were prob. desiring T2, Lost in Space, or other bigbudget, sci-fi garbage.
This movie IS slow-paced and deep much like its influence, the classic Blade Runner (or Solaris), thus it requires the viewer to focus on the film and immerse themselves. The film is exploding with symbolism such as the arachnid & vision motifs, the conflict b/t flesh & metal (best expressed in the final battle scene b/t Mo & M.A.R.K.13), and the empowerment of women. Mo is never really there for Jill or he's too late (or sleepy)to protect her(like Shades, security and rest of males), and not to forget he was the one who gave her the robot! Mo is a decent hero, but absent and too flighty. In fact, all of the males in Hardware are given deviant or unhelpful qualities (what's Stanley saying...) All of this and the hypnotic quality of the robot's "eyes", biblical references, multi-layered complexity, etc. are far better explained in James Wilks user review. Finally it is hard to not be taken in by Mo's hallucinogenic death scene (what's with the bugs & cutting himself?); the ultra tight fractal/grid c.g. visuals, dissolves (to shower scene) and the almost pornographic scenes involving the "friendly neighbor". This film is slick and atmospheric & its finally developing the proper (cult) following it so deserves. If you want giant explosions and lame one-liners rent Independence Day, but if you are looking for an intelligent & ethereal, apocalyptic cyber-punk (think Max Headroom), late-night experience (and the extremely sexy Stacey Travis) then SEE HARDWARE! I would love to get a DVD copy or the soundtrack. Let's get a web page up devoted to this sleeper, fans...