Movie Review: Evolution (English) 76

It is believed that Evolution was to be a movie with a lot of science fiction and alien terror in it. Somehow, the script changed for good and this one turns up as a thoroughly enjoyable comedy with a great dose of science, or at least the likeliness of it thrown in. With big names of serious cinema like David Duchovny of X-Files fame and Julianne Moore of Psycho and Hannibal game, a comedy of this kind was nice treat for sure.

The peaceful town Glenn Canyon in Arizona suddenly becomes a hotbed of activity as a meteorite crashes in the nearby desert. Local science teachers, Ira Kane a former Army Colonel and researcher played by David Duchovny and Harry Block steal a sample from the meteorite and find unusual cellular activity and quickened evolution. Just then, a trainee firefighter discovers strange happenings in the canyon that nearly spook him.

The movie’s many comic moments are delivered by Orlando Jones who plays Harry Block and Seann William Scott as firefighter Wayne. The best comic though comes on screen when Ted Livine better known for his role of Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs plays General Woodman who leads the Military to cordon off the area and nuke the evolving creatures. He is assisted by a pretty scientist Allison Reed (Julianne Moore).

While the movie shows a host of dinosaurs and humanoid chimps that involve a good amount of work with graphics, they are not as scary as a typical Jurassic Park or a Godzilla movie. The fun here is more in the nature of Ghostbusters where ghouls are not really scary and the heroes ward them off. By the time you reach the end of the movie, you just realize that your regular head and shoulders shampoo has new uses too!

This movie may have hit screens and gone away without much fanfare but makes a regular appearance on Television. Evolution shows the non-serious face of David Duchovny although he deals with a seemingly dangerous situation on hand. If you don’t plan to have too many expectations with this one, then, without doubt, I would recommend this movie as very funny, yet exciting albeit in an absolutely silly sense.

Rating: 6/10 – The Funnier side of Science Fiction!