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into the Arizona desert. This alien life form begins to evolve
at a superior rate of speed. Within months, the human race will
be wiped out unless Kane and his buddies can save the day.
evolves into one of this summer's most entertaining films to date.
David Duchovny ("X-Files," "Return to Me") heads
a cast perplexed with saving the world from certain doom.
Duchovny plays Dr. Ira Kane, a community college biology professor
who first discovers the alien evolutionary process. The origin of
this species comes from an asteroid laced with a microscopic alien
life form that
Jones ("Bedazzled," "The Replacements") plays
Harry Block, a geology professor at the community college that
initially helps Kane investigate the meteor. They take some
samples back to the lab and make their shocking discoveries.
This species evolves faster in one day than it took for us to evolve
in 200 million years. Kane and Block see this as a major problem.
As you may have figured, the U.S. government has to get involved and
foul things up. Now, Kane and Block find themselves fighting
the U.S. government and the rapidly changing alien species.
William Scott ("Road Trip," "American Pie")
plays Wayne, a wannabe firefighter who witnesses the meteor's impact.
Julianne Moore ("Hannibal," "Boogie Nights")
plays Allison, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control.
She starts off working for the government, but then winds up helping
Kane and Block. She is a klutz, and keeps tripping over her own
as far as evolving from humanoids and giant reptiles, to a large
blob-like creature with very bad gas.
Reitman ("Six Days, Seven Nights," "Private
Parts") directs this cast to make the movie fun and enjoyable.
Reitman is one of the best comedy directors, and he shows off his
abilities in this one. You can tell he let the cast show their
true abilities by letting them do a few things that might not have
been in the script, and he brought the sequences together to make
this a fun family film.
special effects are wonderful. From one scene, you get the
feel of having creepy-crawling creatures on your toes to jumping out
of your seat from an ugly, scary creature. The evolution
Duchovny stars in Dreamworks' Evolution
criticisms of the film are that it resembles "Ghostbusters"
and "Men in Black." I enjoyed those films as well as
this one. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I
enjoyed "Evolution." Will "Evolution" be a
heart-wrenching film that deserves "Best Picture"?
The answer is no. "Evolution" is, however, an
enjoyable film with a great cast and decent comedic story line.
I give it 4 stars (out of 5). The film is rated PG-13 for adult
humor, and some mild alien violence.
by David Fago