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Issue: Winter 2001

Evolution movie review

Ira (Orlando Jones) and Harry (David Duchovny) a just a couple of community college professors out to check on a meteor that's landed near their town. Imagine their surprise when chipping at the rock makes it bleed. Imagine Ira's surprise when examining the material reveals single-celled organisms. Extra-terrestrial life! Imagine Harry's surprise when the military and CDC (Julianne Moore) turn up because Ira has a history with the military as a scientist, so they've been monitoring his computer. Imagine everyone's surprise when they realise that the organism is evolving at an impossible rate -- from single-cell to primate in days.

Movie poster, Evolution; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Evolution
Have a nice end of the world.

Imagine what happens in the hands on director Ivan Reitman (Ghost Busters, My Super Ex-girlfriend etc).

Evolution is a science fiction romp with a group of committed actors who throw themselves into their roles, ignoring or embracing any silliness and racing headlong to the ultimate conflagration.

This kind of science fiction comedy requires a specific touch, it needs the comedy to be delivered well and without any snideness and it needs the psuedo-science to be treated as real within the cinematic world.

Evolution does these things. It is by no means a work of profound insightfulness and it doesn't really add to the sum of human culture, but it moves along briskly and unself-consciously. This is the key, not to let us have any time to ask questions, to sweep past the cliche of the female scientist who trips over air (see also Reitman's Junior), and hurry us with the characters towards their resolution.

They're going to save the world. Despite themselves. Fun.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 12 July 2001
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See also:
Directed by Reitman: My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006); Evolution (2001) ; Six Days Seven Nights (1998) ;Fathers' Day (1997) ;Junior (1994);Dave (1993) ;Kindergarten Cop (1990) ;Ghostbusters II (1989) ;Twins (1988);Legal Eagles (1986) ;Ghost Busters (1984)

Just the facts:

Title: Evolution (2001)
Written by: David Diamond (screenplay) & David Weissman (screenplay) and Don Jakoby (story, screenplay)
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
running time: 101 mins
rating: PG

The Players: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Moll

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