Evolution

Evolution

3.8 10
Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott

     
 

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The spirit of the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984) is intentionally recalled with this effects-heavy sci-fi comedy from the same director, Ivan Reitman, co-starring Dan Aykroyd and debuting on the 17th anniversary of the earlier film's release. When a meteor bearing single-celled organisms crashes to the Earth, the life forms are initially confined to a cave.See more details below

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The spirit of the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984) is intentionally recalled with this effects-heavy sci-fi comedy from the same director, Ivan Reitman, co-starring Dan Aykroyd and debuting on the 17th anniversary of the earlier film's release. When a meteor bearing single-celled organisms crashes to the Earth, the life forms are initially confined to a cave. Before long the creatures are evolving at an exponentially rapid rate, resulting in fearsome aliens running amok and possibly spelling mankind's doom, or at least the end of man's domination over life on Earth. Investigating the phenomenon is a community college professor, Ira Kane (David Duchovny), his geologist friend Harry Block (Orlando Jones), wannabe fireman Wayne Green (Seann William Scott), and government scientist Allison Reed (Julianne Moore). Evolution also stars Ted Levine, Ethan Suplee, and Katharine Towne.

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Borrowing heavily from Men in Black and his own Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman directs the kind of jokey special effects movie in which characters swap wisecracks while getting sprayed with alien goo. Agreeable but instantly forgettable, Evolution treats the possible extinction of humankind as if it were auditions for amateur night at the local comedy club, and the silliness infests the movie even more than the rapidly mutating alien organism infests the Arizona desert. As the two community college science professors who discover the life form, David Duchovny (never more loose and self-satisfied) and crowd-pleaser Orlando Jones alternate uncomfortably between learned reasoning and frat boy razzing. As if any more comic relief were necessary, typecast moron Seann William Scott (Dude, Where's My Car?) is on board to reach a few extra demographics. Julianne Moore shows her softer side as a simpatico government agent who is also a huge klutz. The aliens are a hybrid of typical space alien stuff and dinosaurs, looking good if not actually groundbreaking. A winged creature that's obviously a pterodactyl stand-in carries a young girl through a mall without leaving a scratch -- part of an overall trend to stay light, rather than showing any of the real carnage that might accompany a situation like this. However, since it was released in the era of Tom Green and the Farrelly brothers, there's a fair amount of rectal humor -- both human and alien -- to fill the gross-out quota. Positioned to be a summer blockbuster hit, Evolution shows the strain of trying to be everything to everyone, but it's also difficult to imagine leaving the theater without wearing a goofy grin.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929311262
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Sales rank:
9,690

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Duchovny Dr. Ira Crane
Orlando Jones Harry Block
Seann William Scott Wayne
Julianne Moore Allison
Ted Levine Gen. Woodman
Ethan Suplee Deke
Katharine Towne Nadine
Michael Bower Danny
Pat Kilbane Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell Flemming
Gregory Itzin Cartwright
Dan Aykroyd Governor Lewis
Tom Davis Actor

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Jeff Apple Executive Producer
Matthew G. Bekoff Set Decoration/Design
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Paul Deason Co-producer
David Diamond Screenwriter
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Goldberg Producer
Don Jakoby Original Story,Screenwriter
Sheldon Kahn Associate Producer,Editor
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mays Art Director
Joe Medjuck Producer
Michael Neumann Asst. Director
Tom Pollock Executive Producer
John Powell Score Composer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rodgers Executive Producer
Ken Schwenker Associate Producer
Margery Simkin Casting
Eric P. Sundahl Set Decoration/Design
Tippett Studio Animator
Ronell Venter Associate Producer
David Weissman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [4:49]
2. Meet Ira and Harry [3:10]
3. A Rock That Bleeds [6:10]
4. Discovering Alien Life [2:46]
5. Wayne Flunks Out [:55]
6. "We Came to Pick Up the Rock" [4:48]
7. Aliens at the Country Club [1:38]
8. Government Take Over [5:42]
9. Deposing Dr. Ira Kane [3:51]
10. "It's in Me!" [8:04]
11. No Time for Lubricant [1:52]
12. Trouble on the Fairway [3:39]
13. Aliens Crawl Out [9:08]
14. "Great Googa Mooga!" [3:01]
15. Shopping at the Mall [7:30]
16. The Governor Gets Bad News [3:45]
17. Fuzzy No-Nosed Chimps Attack! [4:40]
18. Heat Is the Catalyst [1:22]
19. How to Kill Them [1:45]
20. "Let's Shampoo Some Aliens!" [3:51]
21. A Jumbo Enema [4:14]
22. End Credits [8:57]

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