David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott,
Evolution can easily be described as an update of
the Ghostbusters formula, with ghosts swapped out for
aliens. But instead of taking the easy copycat path, director
Ivan Reitman has tried to give more development in the story
on how the aliens have come to Earth. When a meteor crash
lands in Arizona, local college professors Duchovny and Jones
go out to do a survey of the rock. After some testing, they
discover alien life forms on the boulder. When the single-celled
organisms evolve at an unheard-of rate, the two professors
return to examine the meteor more.
Before too long, the military takes over the site and kicks
Duchovny and Jones off the discovery while bringing in their
own team to watch as the alien life forms evolve out of control.
The bad blood between Duchovny and the military reveals a
past that he's not too proud of. It isn't too long before
the aliens become a menace to the populace, leaving the professors
and a young would-be fireman to try and save the day.
While the comedy takes a little while to get moving, it does
manage to deliver some funny moments. Both Jones and Scott
are drop-dead funny, even if their characters are fairly stereotypical.
While Duchovny doesn't have the same comedic delivery of a
Bill Murray, he does provide a good foil to the rest of the
cast and his cat-and-mouse affair with Moore's character is
good enough to give the story some heft.
What keeps this film from falling into the second-rate comedy
ranks is the care in which it's filmed. Ivan Reitman has a
quality in his direction and filmmaking that help gives the
story a level of warmth and character that exceeds any stiff
or weak performance. Throw in some well executed special effects
and a script that delivers enough laughs and most anyone should
Evolution may not be the greatest comedy filmed and
comes a obvious second to the likes of Ghostbusters,
but it still provides a good show. If you don't mind the occasional
fart, butt and groin jokes, you should enjoy this feel-good