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Evolution

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Movie propaganda

Coming to wipe that silly smile off your planet.

Have a nice end of the world.

Chaos breaks out when a meteor crashes on Earth, bearing one-celled organisms. The problem is that they begin evolving at a pace much faster than what happened on our world. Changes that took billions of years happen in one month. As the film starts, they're kept within the confines of a cave, but what's going to happen when they get out? Four of the people investigating the cave are a community college professor (David Duchovny), his geologist buddy (Orlando Jones) and a government scientist (Julianne Moore).

Persons of interest

  • David Duchovny .... Dr Ira Kane
  • Julianne Moore .... Dr Allison Reed, CDC
  • Orlando Jones .... Professor Harry Phineas Block
  • Seann William Scott .... Wayne Grey
  • Ted Levine .... General Russell Woodman
  • Ethan Suplee .... Deke
  • Michael Bower .... Danny
  • Pat Kilbane .... Officer Sam Johnson
  • Ty Burrell .... Colonel Flemming
  • Dan Aykroyd .... Governor Lewis
  • Katharine Towne .... Nadine
  • Gregory Itzin .... Barry Cartwright
  • Ashley Clark .... Lieutenant Cryer
  • Michelle Wolff .... Carla
  • Sarah Silverman .... Denise
  • Don Jakoby .... Screenwriter
  • David Diamond .... Screenwriter
  • David Weissman .... Screenwriter
  • Ivan Reitman .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

I promised my attachment and I'll promise you now: I will not ask David Duchovny any questions relating to his miserable departure from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. However, I am curious as to how he likes being in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to which David will reply:

David Duchovny: I've been here for 10 minutes and it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Also, is he back in The X-Files for good?
David Duchovny: No, there's one more season and that's it.
Don't waste your money on Evolution: I have smelled dung heaps with a better bouquet than this film. Folks, please save your money. Don't even hire the video! Wait until everyone else has a video then watch it for free.

I saw a disastrous attempt at a satire of American sci-fi action thrillers. It did have some funny bits but it was later discovered that they weren't supposed to be funny. When Ira (David Duchovny) tells Harry (Oliver) that he shouldn't trust the government everyone laughed, thinking back to The X-Files. But it later turns out that Ira used to work with Amrid at the Pentagon.

That guy from Road trip and American pie (Seann William Scott) brings the classiness of the movie down to the desperate level of the aforementioned films. There was not much effort put into the visual aspects of Evolution and it shows. Badly. The digitally animated creatures were probably borrowed from the digital storyboard and that makes the whole film just that much more stupid.

And now for my view of the press conference...

I am sitting here listening to the various reporters and critics giving their thoughts and though they aren't as descriptive as me, they are all saying the same thing. From the Sun herald to Channel 9 it all comes down to the same thing: Evolution is a dog. If you read a review that says otherwise, you'll know that they haven't seen the film.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Commentary by Ivan Reitman
  • Behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the movie
  • Never-before-seen deleted scenes
  • Talent profiles
  • Original movie trailers
  • Bonus movie trailers
  • Picture disc
  • Language and audio options: English (5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Dutch, Bulgarian, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Arabic

Security censorship classification

PG (Sexual references, supernatural themes, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

102 minutes (1:42 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 12 July 2001
DVD rental: 12 December 2001

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