Thursday, June 9, 2016

Evolution (2001)

Director: Ivan Reitman

Writers: Don Jakoby, David Diamond, David Weissman

Composer: John Powell

Starring: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine, Ethan Suplee, Michael Bower, Pat Kilbane, Ty Burrell, Dan Aykroyd, Katharine Towne, Gregory Itzin, Sarah Silverman, Richard Moll, Tom Davis

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Have a nice end of the world.

Plot:  A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving ever since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Nah.  Twice is enough.

Fun flick.  I like a Duchovny that smiles a lot and that's a rare thing (at least with the films of his I've seen).  He's a blast.  Orlando Jones' character gets a bit over the top as does Scott's but it's not anything that'll ruin it.  Great score from John Powell.  It helps give the film a bigger production feel for a film that's essentially akin to a 50s drive-in monster movie.  One of the best lines is when Ira (Duchovny) tells Allison (Moore) he highly distrusts the government.  Ira has a reason to believe that in the film but it's even funnier considering the actor's long stint with THE X-FILES.  It's not a film that's doing anything different with the genre but it feels like it was made for the sole purpose of entertaining and it does that nicely.  The Dreamworks DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print with extras including a conversation with the director and the main cast (sans Moore), deleted scenes, a featurette from HBO First Look called The Evolution of Evolution, storyboards, a featurette on the visual effects and a photo gallery.

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