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Overall Rating
3.08

Awesome: 6.45%
Worth A Look41.13%
Average: 23.39%
Pretty Bad: 12.1%
Total Crap: 16.94%

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Evolution
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Who you gonna call?"
4 stars

As I saw pasted across an ad for “Evolution,” (was it David Manning’s review?) where it labeled the comedy as a descendent of “Men In Black,” that seems a fair allusion. Their motives are commensurable and both amiable, following a well-paired but unlikely duo to rid of certain extra terrestrial creatures made out of elaborate, expensive computer graphics.

The differences — which there are many — come in the thesis. “Men In Black” was about exterminating one alien in particular, while facing a gaggle of government goofs along the way. While “Evolution” isn’t bashful about its position on the government, too, the idea behind it is stated in the title. Following the landing of an meteor, an alien environment is recreated and while everything appears harmless when Arizona community college scientist (David Duchovny) and U.S. Geological rep/volunteer-cum-volleyball coach (Orlando Jones) first investigate. Soon, however, the life forms begin to adapt, with each generation or life-cycle gaining more stamina and acclimatizing into our stratosphere. Difficulties arise when the government shows up to take over, and their lack of expertise fails to warn them of the disasters impending.

Director Ivan Reitman doesn’t do anything innovative or challenging with the concepts behind the movie, sticking more closely to the formula and ideology of his “Ghostbusters” movies. The biggest difference between that pair and this one, is the visual effects. Sad to say, but the visual effects used in movies like “Ghostbusters” is considered antiquated and passé to the more worldly effects as those designed by computer. But Reitman does keep one of his compulsions, and that’s the proclivity for silly, nasty effects combined with sophomore humor. (For example, when they figure out that a chemical in Head & Shoulders will affect the behemoth cell, during the injection Dan Ackroyd comments, “Looks like they’re getting ready to administer a giant enema!”)

While the newfound easiness for creating the other-worldly visitors has increased broadly, the actual look of the various aliens (there are hardly two alike) are fun and unusual, though the pterodactyl-like creatures were plain and based on a model too common. The other disappointment with the creatures was while they were continually evolving in order to survive, Reitman mocked “2001: A Space Odyssey” with sleek-looking apes. But why not take it one step farther (such as in “Mimic”) and have the aliens evolve into replicas of humans — only with three eyes, as the poster suggests?

The concentrated, but talented cast all work well together. Duchovny, obvious doing at least a little self-parody from his days on “X-Files” makes it fun and palatable even for those non-Xers such as myself. Jones works some of his best comedy yet (along with his 7UP commercials), while offering promise with the right roles. But my favorite in “Evolution” was Julianne Moore, as a clumsy-plus-klutzy scientist. (Despite my disdain for trailers, earlier in the year I saw “Evolution’s.” As it name-by-name announced the actors, and with such a serious tone mentioned, “And Academy Award nominee…Julianne Moore,” right as she tripped and fell, despite it being an obvious gag, it worked perfectly for the effect they wanted.) The comedic result that is garnered because of Moore’s playing against type wins bonus points in overtime. She is definitely one of the best actresses making movies currently, and her light and breezy alternate side is equally as memorable.

David Diamond and David Weissman’s screenplay cover no new ground, but there is no need to, because “Evolution” proves that there’s still plenty of juice left to power the concept. And in this time of cinematic despair, from now on to be proclaimed as Drought 2001, this is something to pleasantly distract the attention summer-movie style.

With Seann William Scott.

Final Verdict: B+.

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User Comments

5/26/15 JohnnyO Fun movie. It was light on clever dialogue but well cast, good premise, good popcorn flick. 4 stars
5/31/14 KennethC Good vibe, not the best film, but very enjoyable. 4 stars
12/10/09 Chris Tanner My Favourite Movie of All Time 5 stars
11/04/09 Jeff Wilder Very funny sci-fi comedy. Better than Mars Attacks or Men In Black II. 4 stars
5/19/09 Rhys Hughes Crackin' fun film. There's always time for lubricant! 4 stars
6/09/08 PAUL SHORTT FEELS LIKE THE SCRIPT WAS CRANKED OUT TO MEET A DEADLINE 1 stars
4/19/07 Stevo UK It looks like a de''Evolution'' in Film making (pardon the pun.) 2 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega 'Ghostbusters' meet 'Aliens'. 4 stars
9/23/06 Charles Tatum Rejected Ghostbusters sequel without the laughs 2 stars
8/27/05 R.W. Welch Slapstick sci-fi. Okay premise devolves into FX for the sake of FX. 2 stars
6/12/05 Gecko Fanfoot A total waste of time and film 1 stars
3/22/05 Jeff Anderson Owes a great deal to director Reitman's GHOSTBUSTERS, but occasionally witty & cast is fun. 3 stars
6/05/04 john bale Another SF spoof in the MIB mold, mildy amusing thanks to a good cast and SFX. 3 stars
5/06/04 J.Peckerfoot This film is dog shit.i rarely say that about any film. 1 stars
1/16/04 Gecko Fanfoot A God-awful piece of shit AND a complete waste of time to boot! 1 stars
12/30/03 Littlepurch Funny, clever and enjoyable. Easily as good as Ghostbusters. 5 stars
6/30/03 francis Surely a film must make at least a little sense. This is plain silly. 2 stars
6/23/03 John Aster Habig Sucks like Joe Dirt and Eight Crazy Nights 1 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper Hilariously awful. How can so many good actors suck so bad at one time? 1 stars
4/13/03 Jack Sommersby A few good moments, but this is second-rate, lazy stuff. 2 stars
4/11/03 Jack Bourbon Great chemistry between Duchovny and Jones. 4 stars
2/11/03 Ubu the Ripper A complete waste of celluloid. Duchovny should be ostracized for being associated with this 1 stars
10/22/02 Jiz Fun flick, but nothing special. 4 stars
9/30/02 Butterbean The slapstick was stupid instead of funny. 2 stars
7/23/02 Bada Bing Crosby Not just unworthy of Julianne Moore, but all thinking human beings 1 stars
5/11/02 Keith unworthy of Julianne Moore's talents. 3 stars
4/16/02 Danielle Ophelia The cast was an effective compensation for its shortcomings. 4 stars
3/11/02 Jim Amusing and forgettable 4 stars
3/05/02 Alan Smithee The movie's okay, but Ms. Moore as always does a great job. 3 stars
2/27/02 J I'm pretty much with Greg, Y2 & both Eriks on this one. Good movie. 4 stars
2/25/02 Mitja Podgajski Not too bad:). 3 stars
2/10/02 Dawn Someone with "Some High School Chem" could prove their 'scientific' theories wrong! 1 stars
1/30/02 Monday Morning Very disappointing given its cast, director and EFX. 2 stars
1/21/02 The Bomb 69 should have been better, took too many shortcuts 3 stars
1/11/02 max zhang after I took the girl to this movie, she refused to have sex with me. 1 stars
1/03/02 Dave Gonyea This was sooooo bad, it hurt! 1 stars
12/07/01 Dominik Duprelle Terminal, desparate dreck-STINKS OUT THE SWAMP. 1 stars
12/06/01 KMG It was good....scott thinks it's retarded 2 stars
11/15/01 Marlene Steinberg I really enjoyed it. Took my whole family and found it to be very entertaining. 4 stars
11/15/01 Anita McNab As a X Files Fan, I knew that David Duchovny was Funny, and This Movie proves that he is. 5 stars
11/09/01 Mark "Let's shampoo us some aliens!" With quotes like that, how can you not see this movie? 5 stars
10/30/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Orlando Jones and Dan Aykroyd are the best HUMAN characters. 3 stars
10/26/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one of my all-time favourite films!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/13/01 Bevan R. Clark A derivative piece of shit. 1 stars
9/11/01 cameron it was very very funny. 5 stars
7/28/01 Turtle It's basically just Ghostbusters mixed in with Men in Black. Who said that was a bad thing? 4 stars
7/24/01 Gizzy Fun, despite a silly final 15 minutes 4 stars
7/11/01 Katherine Perry enjoyable and funny though at moments unneccessarily sophomoric. 4 stars
7/10/01 Anne Major cheese, but I had fun anyhow. 3 stars
7/03/01 Matthew Bartley Very funny 4 stars
6/27/01 russrickee Some parts funny, was expecting it to go somewhere, but it didn't 3 stars
6/23/01 Nightraven It did rehash some existing plots, but was still a good way to have fun for a little while/ 4 stars
6/22/01 brent young funny. used the ghostbuster formula. the shampoo part was hilarious. though not all got it 4 stars
6/22/01 ArtiGrafiche Was it a product commercial, or a movie? 2 stars
6/18/01 bobbuttons nothing too serious...a good time: oh yeah, DONKEY LIPS from Salute your Shorts is in this 4 stars
6/17/01 Thor-Leo Slow, flat, predictable, phoned-in performances. Bilked out of $7.50!!! 2 stars
6/16/01 LdyArdRhi Formulaic, scrape off ghosts and put in aliens and you have Evolution...but FUNNY. 4 stars
6/15/01 mc iedh very flat,unfunny,rushed,predictable; meant to be fun and giddy but ended just plain bad 1 stars
6/15/01 BrainPan expected some jokes. I wanted to like this, but no gut-busters. Duchovny still rocks. 3 stars
6/15/01 Rampage at least it beat Starship Troopers and MIB, I think Duchovny was good 4 stars
6/15/01 Brandon Glenn Rogers just saw this film the other day, loved it. 5 stars
6/14/01 JB Poor attempt to revist Ghostbusters. Rent Ghostbusters. Yet the hairy monster was cool. 2 stars
6/14/01 fishie definately worth going to see, orlando jones is hilarous. 4 stars
6/13/01 Jim Kidd I loved it, but it seemed like something was missing from the whole movie 4 stars
6/13/01 bats If Reitman wanted to make a Ghostbusters ripoff, why not "GB II"? Lame. 2 stars
6/13/01 Darren Shea a fun, dumb comedy with good chemistry between the leads. 4 stars
6/13/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Perfect summer fare...Duchovny has amazing comedic timing...Moore's good, too... 4 stars
6/12/01 Biz McNatch Easygoing and affable. Orlando finally has a real performance. Dave should always do comedy 5 stars
6/12/01 TheFirkin It's not Ghostbusters but it was great! 4 stars
6/12/01 Mike TERRIBLE 1 stars
6/11/01 BKrymsin Constant laughs; but ended with a sputter. 4 stars
6/11/01 ArtiGrafiche A piece of product marketing crapola! 2 stars
6/10/01 Benjamin Lesbian What a load of horseshit! Very pedestrian ripoff of Ghostbusters! 2 stars
6/10/01 Turtle Ghostbusters meets Men in Black. What a wonderful experience. 4 stars
6/10/01 Jim Kidd I laughed throughout the whole movie, but I felt that it was also missing something 3 stars
6/09/01 AgentDS I went to see David, nothing more! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  08-Jun-2001 (PG-13)

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  12-Jul-2001 (M)




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