- 1 hr 41 min
Evolution is a 2001 sci-fi comedy directed by Ivan Reitman and starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, and Sean William Scott. The movie follows the story of two community college professors, Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and Harry Block (Orlando Jones), who discover a strange organism in a meteorite that has crashed to Earth.
The organism turns out to be a rapidly evolving alien life form that quickly grows from a single cell organism to hundreds of thousands of life forms in a matter of days. The alien life forms are all very different from each other and seem to have a wide range of abilities and characteristics.
The government is quickly alerted to the situation, and a team of scientists, including CDC researcher Allison Reed (Julianne Moore), is dispatched to investigate. As the scientists try to understand the nature of the organisms, they discover that these critters are able to mutate and evolve at an incredibly rapid pace.
Meanwhile, the life forms start to wreak havoc on the local environment, causing destruction and chaos everywhere they go. Ira and Harry, along with their reluctant student, Wayne (Sean William Scott), realize that they are the only ones who can stop the alien invasion and save the planet from the rapidly evolving creatures.
The trio uses everything from shampoo to anti-dandruff spray to try and get rid of the organism, but nothing seems to work. After a series of missteps, they end up formulating a plan, which includes launching a nuclear missile at the meteor site, to stop the creatures from growing and spreading further.
Evolution is a hilarious and entertaining take on an alien invasion movie. The comedy, slapstick, and witty jokes that are scattered throughout the film are up there with some of the best in the genre.
The movie's storyline is a little flimsy, but it doesn't detract from the overall entertainment value of Evolution. The film relies heavily on its humor and the chemistry between the leads and side characters. The direction is spot on with some stunning visuals, making the sci-fi concept interesting and easy to follow.
The creature design for the aliens is also fascinating, with each creature being unique in its own way. They have different abilities and traits, which adds an element of unpredictability to the movie.
The cast is one of the highlights of the film, with David Duchovny and Orlando Jones delivering some hilarious performances. Jones, in particular, is a standout with his over the top and energetic portrayal of Dr. Harry Block.
Julianne Moore also puts in a solid performance, but her character isn't given as much screen time as the others, which is a shame. Sean William Scott's character of Wayne is a bit hit and miss, but he does have some funny moments.
In general, Evolution is a fun and silly movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's the perfect film for a lazy afternoon or a night in with friends. With an interesting premise, lots of laughs, and some solid performances, Evolution is a must-watch for all sci-fi comedy fans.
Evolution is a 2001 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 40.