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8/10
Daft yet somewhat engaging and fun movie!
TheLittleSongbird23 October 2009
I liked Evolution, even if it is very silly and daft on the most part. But I cannot deny it is a very fun and entertaining movie. The script has some very funny moments, there is some great camera work and some splendid scenery. Plus the creatures were superbly designed and by far the best element of the movie.

The acting is perfectly acceptable, with Orlando Jones chewing up the scenery as much as he can, and Seann William Scott at his most dumbest in an appealing way. David Duchovney plays it straight. In fact my only real complaints of Evolution were although it was well constructed on the most part there are one or two slow moments in the plot, and Julianne Moore is miscast.

Overall, it is daft and extremely silly to the core, but it is also very enjoyable and likable. And it never fails to give a sense of fun, no matter how daft it initially sounds. I do think this movie is very underrated, by no means perfect, but I guarantee to anyone who gives it a chance that you'll like it. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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4/10
Tiresome
Leofwine_draca19 August 2019
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EVOLUTION is a typically silly Hollywood sci-fi comedy, a film that lacks the wit and warmth of something like GALAXY QUEST and instead wastes a potentially interesting premise on a series of gross-out gags and juvenile humour. A team of mismatched heroes are brought together to battle an ever-evolving alien life form, but all this means is a near-constant battle against CGI beasties, a la MEN IN BLACK. David Duchovny stars, but there's something stand-offish about his performance that makes him unlikeable here; it's no surprise that a film career never beckoned. Julianne Moore's random slapstick comedy is quite embarrassing, and only minor players like Ted Levine and Dan Ackroyd make any kind of mark. The story goes on and on without end, and before long proves entirely tiresome.
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8/10
grotesque and hilarious
SnoopyStyle30 January 2015
Meteor strikes Wayne Grey (Seann William Scott)'s car. Glen Canyon Community College professors Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and Harry Block (Orlando Jones) investigate. Block is working for US Geological Survey. The meteor lands in an underground cavern and they find a blue liquid coming out of the rock. Kane discovers alien life growing exponentially and evolving exponentially. Soon the military moves in led by General Russell Woodman (Ted Levine) with Dr. Allison Reed (Julianne Moore) from the CDC.

It's a cross between a disturbing grotesque horror and broad comedy. It's a bit unusual because comedies aren't normally that gross. I laughed hard as I squirm in my seat. There is something disturbing and hilarious about pulling an alien fly out of Orlando Jones' backside. I like that the guys are selfish oafs. I even like the forced pratfall from Julianne Moore. This being an Ivan Reitman film. There are going to be some Ghost Busters comparisons. The creature feature is a bit too scary to be as funny as GB. However I cannot minimize how big some of the laughs got.
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fun
Kirpianuscus6 February 2017
a film with an only risk - to be viewed by a too serious public. because it is one of parodies who seems be necessary. for pure joy to laugh. to forget the not impressive scientific culture you have. for taunt the news from Internet, the conspiracy theories, the lessons of biology, the old roles of David Ducovny, the stereotypes and to remind the not soft humor. so, an useful film about space, danger and the war to save human race. about the genius of men and the authority of women, about army force and about nice creatures. and, sure, about simple solutions to huge problems. so, a nice film. out of high expectations. but comfortable for reconquest the reactions of a late teenager.
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Enjoyably silly stuff in the mould of Ghostbusters
bob the moo13 February 2005
When a meteorite crashes in the desert near their hometown, local teachers and scientists Ira Kane and Harry Block take a sample back to their school and prepare for the noble prize when they discover it is teeming with single-celled organisms. However before they can tell anyone they find that their specimens have become multi-celled organisms. Returning to the meteorite site they find that the place is alive with complex life and flatworms. At this point they are locked out by the US military and have to try and break back in past General Woodman and clumsy scientist Allison Reed but it isn't long before the creatures they are trying to study and freely accessible and moving within the community and continuing to evolve to our world.

Without a great deal of fuss or hype, Evolution opened up in the UK and maybe it was because I had no specific expectations that I managed to enjoy it for what it is – a silly comedy that never takes itself seriously at all. The plot basically sees aliens spreading across a small desert town with only a ragtag handful of local teachers and a wannabe fireman seem to be able to tackle them. It is nonsense of course but the tone suits the material and you never think that it is expected you to do anything but laugh and go with it. As such the film is very much the Ghostbusters 3 that some other reviewers have called it – it is funny, tongue-in-cheek but still managing to be still exciting and engaging rather than just being too daft for the audience to care about or get involved in. The writing helps by being quite irreverent, while the direction (and I'm not a massive Reitman fan) deals well with the mix of action and comedy.

The cast really helps and the majority of them have really got hold of the tone and have understood what is required of them. Duchovny has particular fun sending up his X-Files scientist role and greatly enjoys dealing with aliens without the serious tone – it is a shame that he doesn't seem to have been able to capitalise on this venture and so far he is still in the shadow of his most famous role. Usually Orlando Jones is terrible but here he is used just right and brought several big laughs out of me (specifically the line "there's ALWAYS time for lubricant" which cracked me up); Duchovny may be the star of the show but Jones tends to scene-steal when he gets the chance – even if he does have a bit much to do with anal action for my taste! Moore is sadly wasted in a role that lumbers her with clumsy, unfunny pratfalls that never work and it is only really where she just blends into the group that she manages to give an OK performance; it is just as well that she is such a fine actress but on the evidence of this, comedy is certainly not her thing. Scott does his usual stuff with all that that implies and he works well within the film even if he doesn't make that much of an impression. Support from Levine, Aykroyd and others is pretty good throughout. The special effects do vary but are mostly enjoyable and work well enough within the context of a comedy sci-fi, although some viewers will fine the usual problem with CGI looking much more like it exists on another plane rather than working within the film.

Overall this is the sort of film you need to be in the mood for as it will please you if you let it but may also annoy you if you come to it with high hopes so my advice would be to try and watch it without any hopes. It is very silly and never takes itself seriously but it is also pretty funny, energetic, exciting and enjoyable. Hardly high art but a funny sci-fi that will please those that enjoyed Ghostbusters.
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6/10
Not the Best Comedy, But It Has Enough Good Parts
gavin694224 April 2010
A duo of small town college professors stumble upon a meteor with alien life present. This is great news for them, at least until they find out that the alien evolves and reproduces at a rapid rate, so much that the earth may be devoured in a matter of days.

This film's strong point? David Duchovny. While the jokes are so-so and the plot is a pleasant variation of "The Blob", it is Duchovny that makes this film watchable. Without him, it would be easily forgettable and probably wouldn't have the underground geek following that it does. I also appreciated the brief appearance from Sarah Silverman.

A few years later, the film "Slither" came out which once again tackles the idea of an evolving, blob-like life form. I think "Slither" is the better film: better effects, much more horror-oriented and still with a healthy dose of comedy. Though I wouldn't say it made "Evolution" entirely obsolete -- they are two distinct films with distinct charms that may appeal to different audiences.
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5/10
har-har
lee_eisenberg15 July 2006
When "Evolution" came out, many critics asserted that director Ivan Reitman had ripped off his own movie "Ghostbusters" and re-worked it to be about an alien invasion. Maybe there is an element of that, but the movie's mostly pretty funny (if completely absurd). Portraying a gaggle of scientists trying to explain to clueless outsiders that a meteor has brought alien life soon to multiply and take over, some parts are kind of predictable, but it's not terrible. To me at least, the only thing that weakens the movie is Ivan Reitman: I lost respect for him when I learned that he backed Arnold Schwarzenegger for California governor.

Anyway, it's the sort of movie that you'll find funny if you accept any humor, no matter how low. Starring David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine, Dan Aykroyd and Gregory Itzin.
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6/10
Evolution
jboothmillard7 June 2006
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I didn't think much of it when it was advertised, but when I actually saw it, this is a pretty good sci-fi comedy. Basically one night practising for his fireman's exam, Wayne Grey (American Pie's Seann William Scott) sees a meteorite hit Earth. The next day Dr. Ira Kane (The X Files' David Duchovny) and Prof. Harry Phineas Block (Bedazzled's Orlando Jones) are assigned to investigate and experiment with the discovery. Then, soon enough, the government and armed forces get involved. Dr. Allison Reed, CDC (Julianne Moore) and General Russell Woodman (Ted Levine) are among the team of people in Ira and Harry's way. Soon enough, even when they can't get into the sight, things happen around the area of Navada. Also starring My Name Is Earl's Ethan Suplee as Deke, Michael Ray Bower as Danny and Dan Aykroyd as Governor Lewis. Good!
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8/10
A very funny sci-fi
Tweekums6 June 2017
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As would be fireman Wayne Grey practices in the Arizona desert a meteorite crashed to Earth just missing him. The next day Ira Kane and Harry Block, scientists who teach at the local college arrive to investigate. They find the meteorite in an underground cavern and take samples. When these are analysed by Kane he finds that it contains alien single celled organisms… by the time he can show Block they have evolved into simple multi-celled organisms. They return to the cavern for a class trip and find that s contains many worm-like creatures. The next time they return to the site it has been taken over by the army and scientist Dr. Allison Reed. It emerges that Kane was previously thrown out of the army after an experimental vaccine he developed for soldiers had some very unpleasant side effects. Refused official entry they sneak in but are caught; Block also has an unpleasant encounter with a large alien insect. It isn't long before many larger creatures evolve and a man is eaten on a golf course and a group of women are attacked in their home. At this point the creatures die after brief exposure to our atmosphere but it isn't long before they have further evolved to breathe air. It is clear that if they continue to evolve at such a rate all native life, including humanity, will be doomed… something must be done to stop the creatures but will it be Kane and his friends who stop them or the army?

From the opening scene it is obvious that this is going to a comedy with plenty of laughs… I was laughing before the alien meteorite even arrived! The laughs continue throughout the film but not at the expense of a solid story… the same plot could have been used in a more serious film; it just wouldn't have been as much fun. Given the film's PG rating some of the gags are surprisingly crude; not excessively so but some parents might think it unsuitable for younger children. The cast does a fine job, notably David Duchovny and Orlando Jones as Kane and Block as well as Julianne Moore as Dr Reed and Seann William Scott as Wayne. The special effects are very good with some great looking alien creatures impressively brought to life… I particularly liked the 'cute' alien that appeared in a woman's house. Overall this film is good silly fun that fans of films such as 'Men in Black' are likely to enjoy.
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5/10
rather more and more regression
dbdumonteil22 February 2004
In 1984, a film-maker named Ivan Reitman made himself known thanks to a blockbuster: "Ghostbusters". All the hopes put in this man gradually turned out to be vain and disappointed. Indeed, you had the right to expect better than comedies with nice and harmless humor as "Junior" (1994) or "Six Days Seven Nights" (1998) testified. This is not this "Evolution" that will make things evolve. We always stay on the same territory and Reitman is powerless to go out of the beaten tracks traced by Hollywood. The characters, the situations, the dialogs, the comic: everything is colorless, predictable, unoriginal. Moreover, "Evolution" is a rather dramatic story that is told on a comedy tone. Unfortunately, so many hackneyed comical effects end up wrecking any laugh even any interest. Reitman was about 54 years old when he made this movie. He'd better retire.
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6/10
Another hit for Reitman
Quinoa19848 June 2001
Ivan Reitman's Evolution follows his most famous film, Ghostbusters in the type of formula, but it is not that movie (especially since it's one of the funniest films ever). But Evolution still is a worthy summer comedy, filled with funny in joke puns and jabs at aliens and a very, very likeable cast. The best gag though in the movie, and I think it's one of the few comic gem scenes in the past year and a half, is a scene where Orlando Jones (who hold most of the films funniest one liners) has a weird Mosquito alien crawling inside of him, where some of the funniest dialogue in a Reitman movie including the following "There's no time for lubricant" "There's ALWAYS time for lubricant" and "What type of ice cream do you want" "It don't matter, it's for my ass." Even Dan Aykroyd has fun in a role that almost seems like a take off of the mayor character from his prodigy Ghostbusters. Kudos to pretty much everyone; Tippet gets big props (as always) for his ingenious alien creations. A-
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5/10
Give Them Some Head & Shoulders
wes-connors20 December 2009
Science professor David Duchovny (as Ira Kane), geologist coach Orlando Jones (as Harry Block), and firefighter trainee Seann William Scott (as Wayne Grey) make a good team, fighting a possible alien invasion of Earth. They are joined by clumsy Julianne Moore (as Allison Reed); she falls down, bumps into things, and provides Mr. Duchovny (and the film) with love interest. "Evolution is from "Ghostbusters" Ivan Reitman. The reported adapting of the material from straight science fiction to comedy was a good idea; unfortunately, the asinine humor works only half the time. Some of the slimy effects are good enough to make up some of the difference.

***** Evolution (6/8/01) Ivan Reitman ~ David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Julianne Moore
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3/10
Biology can be dangerous to your health.
michaelRokeefe29 November 2002
This movie may have had something redeemable if it was not presented as a comedy. A very good idea just seems to melt into itself in order to pass for trash. Two college professors(David Duchovny and Orlando Jones)have their microbiology backgrounds tested when an alien life-form oozes out of a meteor and starts evolving in the Arizona desert. Actually some very good F/X, but wasted on such a flick. Also wasted is the talent of Julianne Moore. Seann William Scott playing a clueless firefighting cadet is hard to ignore. And Dan Aykroyd is the dim witted Governor willing to have his state nuked. A far cry from say TREMORS that managed some how to pull off blending comedy with Sci-Fi.
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Moore's Evolution
tedg17 June 2001
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Spoilers herein.

Films decay. Most films will. And most of this will too, and much faster than usual because we'll tire of effects soon. But for a very long time, I suspect this film will be viewed only because it has Julianne in it.

It is junk (formulaic rectal humor), but she fills every scene she's in even though all she's asked is to be a cartoon. All that work on multidimensional projection she did for Vanya surely shows.
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7/10
Lubricant and the giant product placement.
hitchcockthelegend17 June 2009
A meteorite falls to Earth and lands right in the desert at Glen Canyon, Arizona. Two college professors, Dr. Ira Kane and Prof. Harry Phineas Block, take it upon themselves to investigate and mooch around. At the site, they discover worm like insects that are not of this world. Thinking they are on to Nobel Prize type history, they are dismayed when the government takes over the site and shunts them out the way. But as the insects start to evolve in the Earth atmosphere, they take on various shapes and forms of alien creatures. Pretty soon the whole place is over run and the government is at a loss in how to stop them. Enter Ira, Harry, Wayne and Allison to hopefully save the day.

Directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters 1 & 2), Evolution is a zany sci-fi comedy that achieves firmly what it sets out to do. Using the available special effects for great rewards, and lashing it in Technicolor, all that remained was to have a cast happy to be in on the joke itself. Up step David Duchovny (revelling in none serious X Files malarkey), Orlando Jones (getting all the best lines), Julianne Moore (accident prone) and Sean Wiillian Scott (goofball fireman wannabe). Backed up by Ted Levine, Dan Ackroyd, Ethan Suplee and Ty Burrell, pic is well served right across the cast list. Of course they aren't asked to do anything special, but it's not that kind of film. There's enough here for all the family to enjoy, kids will be awed by the array of alien creatures, whilst the adults should be chuckling away at some of the jokes.

If you are expecting real science then you have come to the wrong place, Evolution parodies the sci-fi parodies, and then some. 7/10
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6/10
Who you're going to call? Creaturesbusters!
jotix10023 February 2009
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Never saw this movie in its original release, but we recently caught it thanks to a cable network. Ivan Reitman, the director of the more successful "Ghostbusters" must love the genre. Otherwise, it's hard to imagine what attracted him to this far fetched tale of mutant creatures that come into themselves after two naive geologists from a nearby community college, Ira Kane and Harry Block, decided to take chunks of a meteorite that landed in the Arizona desert. The result of their experiment bring horrible consequences for the nearby city.

Ira Kane discovers in his microscope the ability of the liquid taken from the space rock to mutate into million cells rapidly. Suddenly strange reptile-like creatures begin to appear. That is when the Pentagon decides to send the misguided General Woodman to the site to take over the investigation. The only positive thing in the arriving force is Allison Reed, who soon after the arrival realizes the big problem posed by the creatures that begin appearing all over the place.

"Evolution" turns out to be fun for a while, but it is just another predictable movie that in the end relies on special effects, but no real smarts. One thing though, the creatures designed by Phil Tippet are perfectly creepy and menacing. The best sequence of the entire film has to be a fly-like monster that enters the skin of Harry Block and one sees it move under it. The creature moves all over his body under the skin and we watch its shape perfectly. The only way this thing out is to go through a part of his anatomy and involves the use of a device that is too painful to describe.

David Duchovny and Orlando Bloom do a good job with their roles. Julianne Moore and Seann William Scott don't have much to do. Ted Levine is perfectly oily and menacing. Dan Aykroyd has a small part as the governor of Arizona.
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6/10
Evolution
Scarecrow-8821 February 2016
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Goofy sci-fi spoof set in an Arizona community college desert town has two scientists (David Duchovny and Orlando Bloom) discovering a variety of alien lifeforms evolving into scary monsters at an alarming rate, deciding it would be best to kill them before the extinction of the human race. How to do that? Head and Shoulders shampoo, of course! Duchovny gets to riff his X-Files image and is comfortably relaxed as a ladies' man with a rather unfortunate history regarding his work at the Pentagon…which a former associate, General Woodman (Ted Levine; Silence of the Lambs, Monk), likes to remind him of. Bloom coaches girl basketball, must endure a rectal removal of an alien "fly", and seems to be having fun as Duchovny's wise-cracking sidekick…certainly hard to forget is how Bloom is literally sucked into the anus of a giant alien monster! Seann William Scott, obviously cast due to his Stiffler character from the American Pie movies of the time, is a fireman wannabe who assists the scientists in trying to stop the aliens from evolving into a menace that would destroy all of mankind. Julianne Moore is another military scientist that eventually sides with Duchovny and Bloom after initially being on the side of Levine. Dan Aykroyd is the Arizona governor and Sarah Silverman is a former lover of Duchovny's. As you might expect, Moore and Duchovny (Moore being a redhead has a special irony to it, considering Gillian Anderson was opposite Duchovny on the X-Files) eventually hit it off. The obvious ending Ghost Busters homage is hard not to notice. Some cool special effects giving life to the aliens add substantially to the spoof; this might make a fun companion piece to Mars Attacks. The comedy aims to please and perhaps tries just a bit too hard, but I guess it succeeds more than fails. I thought William Scott was rather inconsequential to the film, lightening up his usual shtick and offering a rather dimbulb bimbo who is all gung-ho to help the scientists. A type of winged dinosaur flying through a mall could be the special effects highlight, but there is an underground cavern that becomes its own alien world which gives it a run for its money. Moore was about to move on from this kind of movie to focus on far more dramatic work. Bloom's asking for his leg to be removed before the fly inside his body reaches his testicles should get a good laugh. There's plenty of winking in Duchovny's performance which signifies that he (nor us should) doesn't take this seriously at all.
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7/10
Better than expected.
Hey_Sweden28 September 2020
A meteor crashes to Earth in the Arizona desert. It turns out that it's oozing very primitive life forms that take almost no time in evolving into bigger, more advanced, and deadlier predatory aliens. Two community college science teachers, Ira (David Duchovny), and Harry (Orlando Jones), are first to make the discovery. Soon, they are getting pushed aside by an aggressive military led by condescending General Woodman (Ted Levine). But Ira and Harry work with a government scientist (Julianne Moore), a goofy wannabe fireman (Seann William Scott), and two of Ira's students to foil what promises to be a full-scale alien invasion.

Don't expect anything in terms of real-world type logic and you can have a pretty good time with this one. It's pure science-fantasy, and while one could easily accuse veteran filmmaker Ivan Reitman of trying to relive his "Ghost Busters" glory here, there are a pleasant amount of laughs and thrills to enjoy. "Evolution" is loud, boisterous, and features some absolutely great creatures. Veteran effects man Phil Tippett was the main visual effects supervisor, so you do expect (and get) a degree of quality and imagination. Not all of the CGI is created equal, but in general, there are some fun visuals to entertain the viewer. The alien ecosystem that develops inside the crater is one such example. Excellent location shooting and a bombastic John Powell music score help to make this a good watch, even if it's not as memorable as "Ghost Busters", and not destined to be nearly as iconic.

The actors are a delight, with Duchovny getting another chance to show off his comedic chops. Adding to that is the fact that his is a character in need of some redemption and validation. The lovely Ms. Moore likewise endears herself as a character with a potential to be klutzy at times. Jones is lively and engaging, and has one of the best lines in the picture. Scott doesn't have to stretch himself too much, although he does come up with a highly unlikely method of attracting the attention of an enormous flying reptile. A steady parade of familiar faces in supporting roles (including Dan Aykroyd as the governor) is another asset.

Overall, "Evolution" is amiable fun, with a decent script by David Diamond, David Weissman, and Don Jakoby, and assured direction by Reitman.

Seven out of 10.
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8/10
Really great sci-fi fun.
poolandrews2 December 2007
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Evolution is set in the Arizona town of Glenn Canyon where two scientists Dr. Ira Kane (David Duchovny) & Professor Harry Block (Orlando Jones) who lecture at the local university investigate a meteorite that has fallen in the desert nearby, they find it in some old caves & take some samples. The results are startling as Kane discovers an alien life form which can evolve & adapt at an amazing rate, soon the Army becomes aware of the meteorite & takes control of the situation as a whole mini alien eco-system is growing at a tremendous rate in the caves. As the strange alien creatures within begin to find their way to the local town a way must be found to stop them before they take over the entire planet...

Co-produced & directed by Ivan Reitman I think Evolution is one of the best sci-fi comedies I've ever seen & for that I apologise to no-one. The script by Don Kakoby, David Diamond & David Weissman originally started out as a straight forward & serious sci-fi thriller film but once Reitman came on-board he developed the comedic aspects which makes one think he wanted to do another Ghostbusters (1984) which is easily his best & most successful film to date. Anyway, it has a definite Ghostbusters feel in it's deadpan humour & slimy monsters everywhere but Evolution is a great film in it's own right. For a start Evolution is surprisingly funny, I find a lot of Hollywood comedies to be moronic but Evolution works really well & the light hearted script has a nice balance between the humour & more serious sci-fi side of things. The film is quite epic in scope with a whole town being overrun by alien monsters & an entire alien eco-system trying to take over which I think I might be right in saying is an original concept, can you think of another film that uses it? I thought the idea in itself was clever & keeps all manner of alien beasties coming thick & fast. The character's are also very likable, Duchovny & Jones as the two scientists in particular have good chemistry & work well against each other with Duchovny's deadpan delivery & Jones' more eccentric performance. It moves along like a rocket, the alien meteorite crashes to Earth during the opening credits sequence & from that point the film never lets up. A class film, if there is anything to dislike about Evolution I haven't discovered it. Forget about the obligatory 'this is the worst film I've ever seen' threads on the IMDb message board, every film ever made seems to have one.

Director Reitman does a great job, he keeps things moving along nicely & he handles the special effects scenes well. The effects are a mixture of puppet & on set creature effects which are brilliant & the expected CGI computer effects which are also top drawer, it just goes to show if you have literally millions of dollars to spend on your effects then you can achieve some spectacular results. From flying reptilian Dragon like aliens to living plants to alien spiders to alien fish to a huge gigantic walking blob at the end, all the aliens look fantastic & are a nice mixture of the cute & the creepy. I liked the ending too, the way they wanted to be celebrities & as such ended up doing commercials.

With a supposed budget of about $80,000,000 Evolution was a well funded film & it show's, it looks great with fantastic special effects & spectacular alien monsters. The acting is good from the main cast, I admit I've never liked Julianne Moore in anything I've ever seen her in but she's tolerable in this. To to reinforce the Ghostbusters theme Dan Aykroyd has a funny cameo at the end as the state Governor.

Evolution is a brilliant sci-fi comedy & it's as simple & straight forward as that, I loved it. Again this is just my opinion because there's plenty of 'this is the worst film ever' type posts on the IMDb but I honestly think it's a fantastic film from start to finish in just about every respect. Followed by the Saturday morning cartoon series Alienators: Evolution Continues (2001) which ran for 26 episodes & features both Ira Kane & Harry Block.
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2/10
Sci-fi comedy takes several steps backward with "Evolution."
zardoz-1310 July 2007
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My totally negative critical opinion of director Ivan Reitman's "Evolution" has nothing to do with Charles Darwin. This sophomoric aliens-vs.-humans comedy with "X-Files" defector David Duchovny battling carnivorous extraterrestrials never evolves beyond its amoebic humor, its cretinous characters, and its Petri dish deep plot. Indeed, campy 1950s B-movie sci-fi classics, like "The Giant Gila Monster" or "The Killer Shrews," deliver more laughs per minute than this feeble, uninspired potboiler. Okay, some of the gross-out gags may prompt a snicker, but you won't split your sides howling with hilarity like you might have done at Reitman's original "Ghostbusters." Imagine a "Ghostbusters" trio of heroes combating aliens gone AWOL from "Men In Black," "Tremors," "Gremlins," and "Jurassic Park," and you have a fairly accurate idea how wholly derivative and hopelessly predictable this lame creature feature is. Basically, Reitman stages these life and death exploits as if they constituted multi-million dollar "Saturday Night Live" skits.

The prefabricated screenplay by Don ("Vampires") Jakoby, David ("The Family Man") Diamond, & David Weissman opens one night when goofy firefighter wannabe, Wayne Green (Sean William Scott of "American Pie"), sets an empty shack ablaze in the desert and practices his rescue routine with a life-sized female dummy. Suddenly, a fiery meteor plunges from the heavens, obliterates the shack, hurls Wayne's car two hundred feet into the sky, and crashes out-of-sight in a cavern! Duchovny stars as Professor Ira Kane, a disgraced ex-Army scientist now teaching biology at Glen Canyon Community College in Arizona. It seems the Pentagon gave Ira the boot after platoons of troops contracted dire side effects like diarrhea, blindness, facial paralysis, and hair loss when he inoculated them. Meanwhile, Kane's colleague Professor Harry Block (Orlando Jones) divides his time between geology lectures and coaching the girls' volleyball team.

Kane and Block gather asteroid samples. Staring into a microscope, an alarmed Kane watches these single-cell organisms evolve at an unearthly rate. Kane tells Block: "What took us 200 million years has taken them only a few hours." Without warning, the U.S. Army commandeers the investigation, banishes our protagonists from the premises, confiscates their research, and summons attractive CDC epidemiologist Dr. Allison Reed (Julianne Moore of "Hannibal") who has a clumsy habit of falling down wherever she walks. Gradually, the slimy creatures acclimate themselves to Earth's ecosystem and behave like predators. Despicable Army General Russell Woodman (Ted Levine of "Silence of the Lambs") decides to napalm them. Unfortunately, our heroes learn too late these monsters react to napalm like Gremlins to bathing after midnight.

Not only does David Duchovny lack Bill Murray's comedic genius, but also he cannot pass up any opportunity to spoof his Agent Mulder persona. Meanwhile, Orlando Jones of "Bedazzled" suffers a far worse fate. He submits reluctantly to an anal probe when an alien burrows under his skin, then later finds himself administering a shampoo enema to a gargantuan monster to destroy it! "Evolution" really hits rock bottom with its shameless product placement for "Head & Shoulders!

Sci-fi comedy takes several steps backward with "Evolution."
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6/10
Fun movie to watch.
Boba_Fett113830 September 2005
This movie is nothing more than just simple plain fun. Still there isn't much story present which causes the movie to leave a bit of a pointless impression afterward. This movie is nothing memorable or anything but it still is entertaining and fun to watch, for at least once.

Perhaps the best thing about "Evolution" are the two main characters played by David Duchovny and Orlando Jones, who have a great on-screen chemistry together. It's really believable in the movie that they have been friends for years. Another thing that is great about this movie is the sharp and fun dialog.

David Duchovny really plays excellent in this movie. He was criticized a lot I remember, when this movie was just released but that had everything to do with the fact that people had a hard time seeing him playing a character different than Fox Mulder from "The X-Files". It's too bad that Julliane Moore doesn't have a big comical talent and Seann William Scott plays a bit of a perhaps needless and just pointless character.

The story really isn't about much and that is the main reason why "Evolution" doesn't quite work as a movie, at least not as a successful one. The movie is very forgettable and leaves a pointless impression afterward.

The movie is nicely looking and has some above average special effects in it. The musical score by John Powell is surprising good and perhaps a bit underrated.

A movie that is entertaining and fun to watch, at least once but no must see by any means. It's watchable but not exactly highly recommendable.

6/10

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3/10
The longest Head and Shoulders commercial ever...
TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews29 October 2004
This movie is pretty much just a remake/update of Ghostbusters, with aliens instead of ghosts. This pretty much proves that director Ivan Reitman can't really do anything but this type of films. The plot is stupid and poorly paced. The acting is pretty decent, but that's also the only good thing about this film. The characters are all clichés and stereotypes. Most of the actors portray pretty much the exact same type of character that they usually do, so I don't know how much it really took for the actors to get into character or act their parts. The humor is childish, cheesy and juvenile throughout. The special effects look hideous. The science fiction elements are poor. The whole thing is just so throughly unfunny and dull that it's hard to put into words. It's boring and cheesy, never particularly funny and never engaging, exciting or interesting. I doubt anyone but the biggest of fans of Reitman or the actors involved would find this even marginally interesting. The whole thing about the shampoo in the end was so stupid I could actually feel my IQ dropping drastically. So, in conclusion, if you are a fan of the newer, apparently popular, one-note childish, juvenile crude humor as seen on shows like Family Guy and (sadly) recent episodes of The Simpsons, look no further... or, maybe, look further, as even that type of humor is better in other films... but, anyway, if you aren't, stay away. Far away. I recommend this to big fans of Reitman or the various actors, and of the aforementioned type of humor. 3/10
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Great fun
neil-47618 July 2011
Warning: Spoilers
We've all seen science fiction movies where some sort of alien/mutation infestation threatens small-town USA. The armed forces either don't believe or come in heavy handed (or both). Finally, salvation comes from unsung hero scientists and/or some other unexpected source (or both).

Welcome to Evolution, where the threat is assorted alien critters which evolve to adapt to changing conditions very very quickly.

Evolution takes the established template and has great fun with it. The group of four unlikely heroes play second fiddle to a plethora of wildly varying, and often very funny, CGI monsters.

The revelation here is Julianne Moore. Never one of my favourite actresses (there's something about her face which worries me), she does very well here is a clumsy - and very funny - scientist.
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"Caw-Caw Tukki-Tukki"
JoeytheBrit1 March 2003
As comedies go, EVOLUTION stands 'head and shoulders' above most of the dross offered by Hollywood these days. It is also far funnier than the woeful GHOSTBUSTER movies to which it is frequently compared (it was initially intended as the third in the series).

Taking all the elements from classic 50s Sci-fi flicks, then acknowledging present-day paranoia in the form of a bullying military (who are nevertheless portrayed as stereotypical buffoons and/or incompetents), director Reitman more or less hits all the targets at which he aims. And while the humour isn't consistent (it never is these days) the film has such a pleasingly light touch that you're willing to overlook the slower sections.

Orlando Jones is amusing as geologist Harry Block, while Duchovny plays Fox Mulder as a failed college professor, which was probably what was asked of him ('I don't trust the government,' he knowingly declares at one point, 'I know those people.'). Julianne Moore displays a pleasing comic touch in what is sadly an under-developed role, and is possibly the only major actress who manages to look like a normal person in her movies.
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3/10
Blandly made by everyone involved
Wizard-827 June 2020
It's obvious that producer/director Ivan Reitman was hoping to recapture the magic of his earlier hit movie "Ghostbusters" with this movie, but unfortunately the results this time around are a real disappointment. From what I heard, the original version of the screenplay was written in a serious vein, but someone along the line decided that it should be made as a comedy. It's not much of a surprise that the comedy here seems extremely shoehorned in here instead of coming across as natural and belonging to this particular cinematic environment. It might have been okay had this forced-in comedy been funny, but it simply isn't. It's both extremely predictable and without any big spark to it. This may explain why the cast doesn't seem particularly enthusiastic, giving passive performances from the beginning to the end. The movie doesn't even have any good eye candy; the special effects, even for the period this movie was made in, are really below average for a big budget Hollywood movie. They come across as really phony and unnatural. You'd be a lot better off rewatching "Ghostbusters" instead.
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