It is getting to the end of the year and things are getting hectic. I think I need a good laugh to so I don’t get too stressed out from everything that needs doing. Luckily today’s movie can give me just such a laugh. I remember watching this in Savannah when it came out on video and thinking it was equal parts funny and ridiculous. So here is to today’s movie, Evolution.
The plot: When a meteorite falls to Earth, Ira Kane and Harry Block, two professors at the local college, investigate the meteor site and find that the meteor contains nitrogen based single celled organisms that are multiplying at an astonishing rate. Wanting to get a second look, they discover that the site around the meteor is now filled with fungus and flatworms. The army soon arrives to seal off the area and contain all the research themselves, including stealing Ira and Harry’s research. Wayne, a fireman trainee, brings Ira and Harry an amphibious creature that killed a local country club owner, and several more creatures are discovered behind a nearby neighborhood, they realize that the alien life forms are making it out of the army’s containment area. The three men go to meteor site to inform the army and governor of this when the site is attacked by blue primates from within the meteor site. General Woodman, the general in charge, suggests using napalm to destroy to aliens and the governor agrees, despite the protests of Ira and CDC’s Dr. Allison Reed. Ira and Allison discover that heat will only accelerate the aliens growth cycles and that since they are nitrogen based, selenium might be poisonous to them. When the napalm attacks cause the aliens life to transform into a giant amoeba-like life form, Ira and the others must hurry to stop it before it separates and starts the whole process again.
It wasn’t panned, but it did get mixed reviews from the critics, only earning a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One critic stated that the director tried to recreate Ghostbusters but failed due to comedic misfires. It did make over $98 million dollars which was more than enough to cover the $80 million dollar budget. It even spawned a short lived cartoon series, although I will admit that I never heard of it before now.
This is probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I did enjoy this movie. I thought David Duchovny and Orlando Jones were pretty good and tended to work well in their scenes together. Sean William Scott seemed like he was trying to escape his previous roles, but there were too many times where Stifler or Chester seemed to be in the movie. The effects were definitely the best part of this movie as they wound up creating some interesting and unique looking aliens to invade Earth. The comedy was hit or miss at times with Duchovny and Julianne Moore, but Orlando Jones and Sean William Scott more than made up for it. I also liked Ethan Suplee’s and Michael Bower’s role as comic fodder by playing the two dumb kids in Ira’s class. In short, it had enough in it to keep me entertained.
So if you want a sci-fi movie that will make you laugh, you might want to give this a try.
Rating: 3 out of 5