Evolution

Evolution

Ivan Reitman (2001)

97min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This lightweight but amiably daft science-fiction comedy was pitched as Ghost Busters (an earlier Ivan Reitman smash) meets Men in Black. Though it shares those films' laid-back performances, tongue-in-cheek approach and cute special-effects creations, it lacks some of their wit and sparkle. Fortunately, David Duchovny and Orlando Jones (as college professors), Seann William Scott (as an aspiring fireman) and Julianne Moore (as a government scientist) lay on the comic charm, and the loose Darwinian concept allows for an entertainingly mad menagerie of regenerated digital creatures. However, it says a lot about the evolution of sci-fi cinema since the 1950s that Reitman's return to the genre is so reliant on computer-generated visuals and obvious scatological humour.

Summary

Two science teachers investigate a mysterious meteor and discover it is oozing a strange fluid containing millions of minuscule but rapidly evolving organisms - which start to turn into terrifying alien monsters with a taste for human flesh. Sci-fi comedy, starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Ted Levine.

Cast & Crew

Dr Ira Kane David Duchovny
Allison Julianne Moore
Dr Harry Block Orlando Jones
Wayne Seann William Scott
Governor Lewis Dan Aykroyd
Gen Woodman Ted Levine
Nadine Katharine Towne
Deke Ethan Suplee
Director Ivan Reitman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy