Current mythology presents, not just one chaos monster, but multiple
demon monsters to deal with. Many evils all at once. Additionally,
our myths conclude leaving the back door open for future evil (gotta
have a sequels).
Review by David Bruce
This page was created on June 13, 2001
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by Ivan Reitman
Screenplay: David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby
Story by Don Jakoby
Duchovny .... Ira Kane
Julianne Moore .... Allison Reed
Orlando Jones .... Harry Block
Seann William Scott .... Wayne Green
Ty Burrell .... Flemming
Ted Levine .... Dr. Woodman
Michael Bower .... Danny Donald
Wendy Braun .... Nurse Tate
Wayne Duvall .... Dr. Paulson
Ethan Suplee .... Deke
by Jeff Apple (executive producer), Paul Deason (co-producer), Daniel
Goldberg (producer), Sheldon Kahn (associate producer), Joe Medjuck
(producer), Tom Pollock (executive producer), Ivan Reitman (producer),
David Rodgers (executive producer), Ken Schwenker (associate producer),
Ronell Venter (associate producer)
Original music by John Powell
Cinematography by Michael Chapman
Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont and Sheldon Kahn
- for crude and sexual humor, and for sci-fi
A Nice End Of The World
Ivan Reitman, who made "ghostbusting" a household word with his smash
hit comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II," now takes on the
theory of "Evolution." The comedy follows the chaos that ensues when
a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning
to the term "survival of the fittest." David Duchovny ("The X-Files,"
"Return to Me"), Orlando Jones ("Bedazzled,"
"The Replacements"), Seann William
Scott ("Road Trip," "American Pie") and two-time Oscar® nominee Julianne
Moore ("The End of the Affair,"
"Boogie Nights") star as the only people standing between the aliens
and world domination...which could be bad news for the Earth.
© 2000 DreamWorks
An outer space object falls to earth.
It crashes through the earth and into its interior.
It settles into an underground cavern, of course. Powerful myth at
THE OTHER WORLDLY
Ira Kane (David Duchovny) investigates, I mean like, who else?
Under the microscope a sample is studied. You can take Duchovny
out of the X-Files, but you can't tale the X-Files out of Duchovny!
There is a convergence going on in our culture between evolution and
Divine design. It is reflected in several recent films. The belief
in long-term evolution is giving way to short-term evolution via Divine
Our heroes make their discovery in a Public School lab.
GROWS, IT SPREADS
The special effects are unparalleled. Over 175 artist and programers
worked on the CGI FX. Even the film grain was matched. We are truly
in a new age of cinema. The artistry of these effects alone are worth
the price of admission.
REPRODUCES AND SPREADS
Every critic says it, and I agree, this is a remake of Ghostbusters,
yet with differences. There are not so many Biblical references,
and the comedic lines seem to fall flat.
PARK MEETS GHOSTBUSTERS
Where the movie is fun to watch, is in its connection to so many other
This cute guy brings back memories of ET, until he opens his mouth
--which brings back the horrific memory of the fierce toothy monster
in Alien. This would be good make a good film clip to use for the
innocent facade of destructive evil.
LIFE MEETS THE PROCTOLOGIST
Desperate for laughs the movie seems to descend to rectal humor. Roger
Ebert says, "I have days on the movie beat when I don't know
if I am a critic or a proctologist." This scene sets us up for
the conclusion. It took 4 writers to come up with this unoriginal
MEETS MR. GHOSTBUSTER HIMSELF
Dan Aykroyd returns.
MEET THE DOVES
In a truly flower child spin, the film contrasts war-like solutions
against peaceful solutions.
As it turns out, the heat from the military actions only makes the
monster alien bigger. Violence begets more violence, is the idea here.
CHAOS MONSTER BEGINS TO TAKE OVER PLANET EARTH.
So, what can destroy the chaos monster that wants to rob, kill and
destroy? A truly Satanic creature. The cross? No. The second coming?
No. The answer is, believe it or not...
RETURN OF HAIR.
The fire truck is filled with Head and Shoulders shampoo. It is the
peaceful solution to the alien dandruff problem. And guess where they
stick the hose? It is truly a crappy ending, literally.
era has its chaos monsters. It's a way of describing evil in a mythological
manner. And each era has it own way of overcoming this embodiment
of evil. Current mythology is unique in that it presents, not just
one chaos monster, but multiple demon monsters to deal with. Many
evils all at once. It does not matter if current mythology reflects
a simple solution (as here) or a complex theological solution (Alien
Resurrection), our myths always conclude leaving the back door open
for more evil (gotta have a sequels). Our mythology reflects the use
of effective temporary solutions, yet at the same time, it tells us
that we can never truly eliminate our chaos monsters. We may use Head
and Shoulders shampoo today, but we know the dandruff will return
tomorrow. We have arrived at a place in culture where we realize that
we cannot save ourselves.
BUT NOT SILLY ENOUGH!
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001
Evolution the theory, is nonsense and so is Evolution the movie.
It's a silly movie which is not silly enough to make you laugh,
not eccentric enough to surprise you and not original enough to
stamp itself on your mind.
only thing you'll remember are the last 10 seconds of the movie
when you realize that you've been watching a two-hours "Head & Shoulders"
is Meret from Switzerland.
You can post my private e-mail:
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001
movie was one big rectal joke from the "bug" flying up one character's
rear end to the giant "sphincter creature" at the conclusion of
the movie. Can hollywood get any worse?
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001
jokes in this film are unoriginal and boring. A far better comedy
in this genre is Mystery Men. Evolution was a big disappointment.
The ending (Ira and his new girlfriend making plans to have quick
sex) left a bad taste with me, (as did the stupid plug for Head
and Shoulders before the credits.) I'm a big X-Files fan, and expected
something better than this. The comedic X-Files episodes from season
5-7 are way funnier than this.
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001
was an overall enjoyable movie. I expected something serious but
I found a little bit of everything in this movie. Comedy, Action,
Romance and a few startling scenes made for a touch of horror. This
is definitely a movie which doesn't require much thought and should
be viewed for the dry sense of humor it contains. The combination
of actors used in this movie seemed a little odd at first but they
ended up being complementary to on another. I would definitely recommend
this movie for anyone who wants a good laugh.