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6.11 h 41 min2001X-RayPG
From the director of Ghostbusters - Ivan Reitman brings us Evolution. Since the dawn of time, when mankind first appeared on earth, he has pondered the question... Are we alone' Unfortunately, the answer is NO ! Evolution is a hilarious look at the chaos that ensues when single celled organisms, brought to Earth on a meteor, undergo 5 million years of evolution in a single month. Evolution - ha..
Ivan Reitman
David DuchovnyOrlando JonesJulianne Moore
Science FictionComedy
English [CC]
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AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 September 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Probably better than it deserves to be
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Did you ever see or hear something and then found that, for ever after, it’s impossible to UNhear it? I’ll explain… I watched ‘Evolution’ in the cinema and enjoyed it. Then, some time after, I read a review that stated ‘It’s simply ‘Ghostbusters’ with aliens.’ Now, every time I watch it, all I can see are the parallels between the two films. However, that’s no bad thing, as, no matter how apt that summary may be, the film is still good fun. For some reason.

David Duchovny took a break from playing ‘Fox Mulder’ in the ever-popular ‘X-Files’ in order to film this other ‘alien invasion’ movie. However, just because he left his FBI badge with Scully, didn’t mean that Mulder isn’t here in spirit. I know he’s attracted more than his fair share of criticism directed at his acting ability (or lack thereof) and I don’t want to add to such negativity (as I am a fan, after all!). However, he really just seems to be playing a non-FBI Mulder, only with slightly tinted blond highlights in his hair. In ‘Evolution’ he plays a scientist who works in a university in the desert, only to discover than a meteorite crashes nearby, containing microscopic alien life forms. Unfortunately, they don’t stay that way for long and soon they’re threatening to have the locals on toast. So, ‘not Mulder’ teams up with a couple of other scientists, plus a fireman-in-training to combat this alien menace.

‘Not Mulder’s’ fellow scientist is played by black actor Orlando Jones. I only mention his race because he spends much of the movie spouting jokes based on black/white differences. Then there’s the government scientist played by Julianne Moore. She’s also ‘Not Mulder’s’ love interest and spends most of her time falling over or bumping into things. Comedy gold, eh? Finally, you have ‘Stiffler’ from the ‘American Pie’ franchise as the amateur fireman. I won’t even bother using the actor’s name as he’s effectively Stiffler who can drive a fire engine. And, just like ‘Ghostbusters’ our quartet don’t just have aliens to worry about, but an inept military/Government agency who are also apparently hell-bent on impeding their efforts.

Now, you may think I’m sounding rather negative regarding a film that I claim to enjoy. I guess I am. There is nothing here that’s particularly clever or original. And yet I still enjoy it. I’ve actually thought long and hard about why I still continue to watch ‘Evolution’ and I’ve concluded that the simple answer is that it never tries too hard. If it tried to be deep and meaningful, it would be an abject failure. In the same way that if it tried to be an action movie it would fail. The same goes if it went for a straight comedy. As it is, it’s enough of all those genres just to pass itself off as light entertainment. It’ll never really win any awards or be remembered as anything other than a sort of Ghostbusters-with-aliens clone, but if you like David Duchovny, or silly light-hearted sci-fi in general, put this on – it’s the kind of movie you don’t have to think too deeply about and can dip in and out of and still get a nice warm feeling of enjoyment out of.
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Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Fun Sci-fi Comedy
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This a really fun easy to watch sci-fi comedy that hasn't aged badly at all considering it's 8 or 9 years old now. Following a meteorite crashing to earth (and interrupting/nearly squashing wacky Sean Wiillian Scott who is practicing his fire-rescue skills in the middle of the Arizona desert) two college professors investigate the site of the crash. Played by David Duchovny and Orlando Jones (who make a great double act) they discover space worms that have landed with the meteorite before the area is shut down by the government. This begins their Men In Black style investigation as the space worms begin to evolve into all kinds of wacky creatures causing havoc on their new planet as they multiply and take over. Julianne Moore then joins them in the fun and together with the rest of the cast they all have a pretty silly and fun time trying to defeat the monsters from space. The film is a bit tongue in cheek but not annoyingly so and there's still a decent sci-fi film underneath which makes for a good fun, family watch.
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Ms D BarnardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hollywood aliens vs army vs 'if only they'd listened' scientists with a comic vein
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So basically same old aliens are a threat to the Very Existence Of The Human Race and the army are bumbling fools and the guy out of X Files is head scientist and the saviour of the human race or perhaps it's his annoying sidekick or maybe it's that comedian guy who is for once pretty much the least annoying character in this film for once - it's definitely not the love interest who's comedy moment is falling over yeah a bit cringey at times but good fun and nice squelchy aliens (when they get taken out...) so there ya go
Maria GReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Early 2000s Sci-Fi Movie That Has Aged Like Fine Wine
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Released in 2001, Evolution was a film I loved as a child and returning to it as an adult 20 years later, I've found it has aged like a fine wine. This is a great popcorn movie with a solid plot, amazing set and practical creature effects, likeable characters whose chemistry is believable, a number of fun gags and jokes; including a few adult jokes which escaped my attention back in the day, plus a few blink and you miss them subtle social commentary notes that still hold relevance. The CGI is showing its age but you get worse in present day cheap horror movies ironically. Likewise the shampoo product placement feels relevant to the plot rather than just thrown in randomly. All in all, Evolution is well worth watching. For a 2001 sci-fi horror offering, it's way above the average grade for the decade.
Nobody NowhereReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 October 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun action comedy, grossly underrated
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Men In Black meets the Ghostbusters in this unfairly maligned action comedy. If you enjoyed either of those two films, you will find much to enjoy in this and whilst the beats have very strong symmetry to Ghostbusters (the discovery, the first bust, arguing with the mayor and the end resulting in them being covered in ooze are the first 4 direct references that spring to mind) it's not like anyone was hiding what they were doing - they got Dan Aykroyd in after all.

It was always meant to be a Ghostbusters for a new generation and it succeeds about as well as anyone could hope for in that. Certainly better than "lets just do Ghostbusters again but this time with women and not funny"
3 people found this helpful
Amy HunterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 May 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Promising premise, god awful execution
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Alien life crash lands on our planet and begins to evolve at an alarming rate. Sounds cool, right? Could have been. But it's a good bit of advice not to linger on what might have been. If you're looking for another good bit of advice - don't watch this movie. Were poopoopeepee jokes all the rage in 2001? I dunno I was 2, so maybe I'd have been into that then. But now I'm a grown woman, something I'm not sure the makers of this movie have ever encountered. Maybe I'm being harsh, I did learn something from watching this. Next time a woman says literally anything to me I'll know she defos fancies me and if she's mean - hahaha oh man, she just needs a good shaggin. The 'comedy' and sexism in this are so bad it's got me googling if it's meant to be a parody of itself. But that doesn't seem to be the case. Ugh listen son...I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.
Spike OwenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lubricant and the giant product placement.
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A meteorite falls to Earth and lands right in the desert at Glen Canyon, Arizona. Two college professors, Dr. Ira Kane and Prof. Harry Phineas Block, take it upon themselves to investigate and mooch around. At the site, they discover worm like insects that are not of this world. Thinking they are on to Nobel Prize type history, they are dismayed when the government takes over the site and shunts them out the way. But as the insects start to evolve in the Earth atmosphere, they take on various shapes and forms of alien creatures. Pretty soon the whole place is over run and the government is at a loss in how to stop them. Enter Ira, Harry, Wayne and Allison to hopefully save the day.

Directed by Ivan Reitman {Ghostbusters 1 & 2}, Evolution is a zany sci-fi comedy that achieves firmly what it sets out to do. Using the available special effects for great rewards, and lashing it in Technicolor, all that remained was to have a cast happy to be in on the joke itself. Up step David Duchovny {revelling in none serious X Files malarkey}, Orlando Jones {getting all the best lines}, Julianne Moore {accident prone} and Sean Wiillian Scott {goofball fireman wannabe}. Backed up by Ted Levine, Dan Ackroyd, Ethan Suplee and Ty Burrell, Evolution is well served right across the cast. Of course they aren't asked to do anything special, but it's not that kind of film. There's enough here for all the family to enjoy, kids will be awed by the array of alien creatures, whilst the adults should be chuckling away at some of the jokes.

If you are expecting real science then you have come to the wrong place, Evolution parodies the sci-fi parodies, and then some. 7/10
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Trevor WillsmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much more fun than its reputation suggests
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Evolution is a lot more fun that its busted summer would-be blockbuster status implies, although like most Ivan Reitman comedies the concept is funnier than the script. For the first half David Duchovny and Orlando Jones have more exposition than jokes to deal with and Julianne Moore is game but is no natural comedienne, especially when it comes to pratfalls, while Ted Levine's clichéd general is a villain too far. But once it hits its stride and the constantly evolving critters that are the real stars of the show start multiplying and threatening mankind with extinction, it's an enjoyable monster mash that even manages to make a joke of its product placement for Head and Shoulders. Like the aliens it's no world-beater, but it's a brisk and enjoyable romp. Nice score from John Powell too.

While DreamWorks US NTSC DVD has a good selection of extras, including audio commentary, deleted scenes and alternate ending, the UK DVD comes up short on extras, with just a making of featurette and trailers .
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