EVOLUTION
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

EVOLUTION
(2001)


This page was created on June 13, 2001
This page was last updated on May 17, 2005

Directed by Ivan Reitman
Screenplay: David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby
Story by Don Jakoby

David Duchovny .... Ira Kane
Julianne Moore .... Allison Reed
Orlando Jones .... Harry Block
Seann William Scott .... Wayne Green
Ty Burrell .... Flemming
Ted Levine .... Dr. Woodman
Dan Aykroyd
Michael Bower .... Danny Donald
Wendy Braun .... Nurse Tate
Wayne Duvall .... Dr. Paulson
Sarah Silverman
Ethan Suplee .... Deke
Katharine Towne

Click to enlargeProduced 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

PG-13 - for crude and sexual humor, and for sci-fi


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Have A Nice End Of The World
STUDIO SYNOPSIS:
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
Click to enlargeAN APOCALYPTIC EVENT
An outer space object falls to earth.
Click to enlargeEARTH ATTACK
It crashes through the earth and into its interior.
Click to enlargeUNDERGROUND HELL
It settles into an underground cavern, of course. Powerful myth at work here.
Click to enlargeINVESTIGATING THE OTHER WORLDLY
Ira Kane (David Duchovny) investigates, I mean like, who else?
Click to enlargeX FILES
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!
Click to enlargeGRADUAL EVOLUTION DISPROVED
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 assistance.
Click to enlargeSCHOOL IS COOL
Our heroes make their discovery in a Public School lab.
Click to enlargeClick to enlargeIT 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.

Click to enlargeHELL 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.

Click to enlargeJURASSIC PARK MEETS GHOSTBUSTERS
Where the movie is fun to watch, is in its connection to so many other films.
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Click to enlargeET MEETS ALIEN
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.
Click to enlargeBUGS 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 stuff.
Click to enlargeClick to enlargeEVOLUTION MEETS MR. GHOSTBUSTER HIMSELF
Dan Aykroyd returns.
Click to enlargeClick to enlargeHAWKS MEET THE DOVES
In a truly flower child spin, the film contrasts war-like solutions against peaceful solutions.
Click to enlargeTHE MILITARY SOLUTION
As it turns out, the heat from the military actions only makes the monster alien bigger. Violence begets more violence, is the idea here.
Click to enlargeTHE 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...
Click to enlargeTHE 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.
Each 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.
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SILLY, BUT NOT SILLY ENOUGH!
Subject: Evolution
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001
From: Meret.

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.

The 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" commercial.

This is Meret from Switzerland.
You can post my private e-mail:
emerentia_79@yahoo.com

TERRIBLE
Subject: Evolution
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001
From: Dave

This 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?
Dave

FLAT IS RIGHT
Subject: Evolution
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001
From: Lana

The 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.

ENJOYABLE OVERALL
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001
From: Jason

Evolution 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.
Jason

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