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22nd June 2001
Evolution pg cert camera  

Director: Ivan Reitman
David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd
Length: 102 minutes
22nd June 2001
Reviewed by:
David Smith


What is wrong with him?
Evolution reviewed by David Smith

Hollywood has had another attack of what I like to call 90 minutes disease. A film carries you along and then around the 90th minute the writers seem to have thrown their hands in the air and written an ending that stinks.

It happened with Along Came a Spider and the Mummy Returns. And now it has happened again with Evolution, the new comedy directed by Ivan Reitman and starring David Duchovny.

David Duchovny, Orlando Jones and William Scott

Discovering an alien life form isn't easy!
The story which is surprisingly good for a science fiction comedy is the tale of a meteor which lands in Arizona and bleeds when it is examined. From there various toothy aliens evolve and start causing havoc. The military come in and by trying to blow everything up show that mankind hasn't evolved much from mineral slime.

The film is an assortment of Ghostbusters with aliens and a good dose of X Files mixed in for good measure. I liked the basic idea of the film and as a science fiction comedy it succeeds even if the humour is a little too scatological for some tastes.

David Duchovny

David Duchovny looking good in Evolution
David Duchovny proves that he has a future outside the small screen and has the kind of goofy charm that reminded me of Bill Murray and makes a fine comic team with Orlando Jones and Julianne Moore. Ivan Reitman has made some truly terrible movies recently but handles the material and special effects with aplomb.

But then the ending comes and you want to throw your popcorn at the screen. The denouement of Evolution serves merely as a product placement for a particular brand of shampoo and as if that was not bad enough we are then treated to a spoof advert for the product just before the closing credits! The film is a piece of summer flummery.

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