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Evolution

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 2001
  • Ivan Reitman
  • 97 mins
  • PG

Summary

Sci-fi action comedy starring David Duchovny and Julianne Moore. When scientists Ira Kane and Harry Block find a crashed meteorite in the Arizona desert, they are able to extract a slimy blue fluid from it. But the bizarre substance contains alien organisms that are capable of evolving at an unprecedented rate, and this has consequences for the survival of Earth itself.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Ira KaneDavid Duchovny
Dr Harry BlockOrlando Jones
WayneSeann William Scott
AllisonJulianne Moore
General WoodmanTed Levine
DekeEthan Suplee
NadineKatharine Towne
Governor LewisDan Aykroyd

Crew

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DirectorIvan Reitman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2001-06-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, edited for language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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