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Evolution (2001)

David Duchovny , Orlando Jones , Ivan Reitman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine
  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman, Daniel Goldberg, David Rodgers, Jeff Apple
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R874
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones. Weird alien germs invade a sleepy desert town in this hilarious comedy. 2001/color/102 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effects, good cast, good fun December 16, 2003
Let's be entirely honest here, "Evolution" is a silly movie based upon a barely palpable grasp on science. However, it doesn't matter because it is genuinely entertaining. The plot is just plausible enough to allow the viewer to enjoy a great cast offering up some genuinely funny lines amidst some very good CGI (and I write this two years after the film was released).
The story revolves around rapidly evolving alien life forms that arrive in Arizona via a meteorite. This nod to the theory of Panspermia shows that while the link to real science may be tenuous, it won't be severed altogether. This is an element that the viewer comes to appreciate as it allows a reasonable suspension of disbelief, which adds to the movie's appeal.
As these "aliens" become more sophisticated they wreak a rapidly escalating amount of havoc on a nearby medium sized city. It is here that our rag-tag band of heroes, David Duchovny as a disgraced biologist, Orlando Jones as a geologist who is more interested in anatomy than rocks, Julianne Moore as a hard driving CDC researcher and Seann William Scott as...well, Seann William Scott, come to the rescue. OF course, along the way they face the requisite bone-headed general, not to mention the rigors of a Division III women's volleyball schedule. Nonetheless, they rally together and triumph in fine style. The reason why this journey is fun to watch is simple: while each one of these actors offers up an excellent performance (particularly impressive given Moore and Duchovny aren't known for comedy), it is as an ensemble that they really shine. In particular, the exchanges between the three men are always hilarious as Duchovny plays a perfect straight-man for Jones and Scott.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars husky May 13, 2001
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I was able to catch a preview screening for this movie the other day, and I have hardly laughed so hard in all my life! The plot is as follows:
A giant meteor crashes into a cave in Arizona and two sceintists (David Duchovney and Orlando Jones) are called in to have a look at it. They manage to find, that alien creatures are quickly evolving from the meteorite and spreading out of the cave.
I don't want to say to much more as not to wreck the story, so I'll just give you the bottom line. This movie is truly funny, espicially Orlando Jones' and Seann Scott's performances. I gurantee, you'll bust a gut.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ivan Reitman Strikes Again June 20, 2001
Did you like Ghostbusters? If yes, then go see Evolution. It takes the classic Ghostbusters comedic formula, updates it, and gives it a spiffy new context. (To you purists, no: the films are not exact parallels.) They do, however, share several key plot devices and the fast-paced, subtle wit for which Reitman has become justifiably recognized. Before this review starts sounding too pretentious, I'm going to cut it off and hit the highlights:
1) This movie is extremely funny. True, David Duchovny isn't Bill Murray, but then again, we can't go rating movies based on their Bill Murray content (That would put Wild Things higher than some of Kevin Bacon's more refined work--something that simply cannot be done.)
2) It's entertaining! Unlike most movies, I actually walked out of this one having had a thourougly good time. Sure, it had failings, but those couldn't detract from the sheer entertainment value.
3) Sure, the special effects are kinda transparent. The plot and cast manage to hold up just fine, and actually carry the show themselves--instead of falling back on crowd-pleasing effects shots.
Go see it. If it's already out of theaters, rent it or buy it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Evolution Has Far to Go (but it's still funny!) June 11, 2001
I went into Evolution expecting another MiB. By that standard, I was severely disappointed. Despite that, I did laugh through much of the movie. Between the dumb-but-servicable humor and the superb special effects, I'd have to say that my 8 bucks were money well spent.
Much of the dialog appears to have been written as a Jr. High drama class project. Sorry, but bathroom humor just doesn't do much for me anymore. Orlando Jones's character was simply too stupid for belief and David Duchovny looked as if he didn't expect half the audience to get the joke.
That said, there were some fine moments. I particularly enjoyed the sly poke at films contrived for product placement purposes. Despite the cardboard character, Orlando does have some fine one-liners and, as I've come to expect, he makes the most of them.
Then, there are the special effects. I can't say enough, so I won't even try. Much. I've become jaded in the past couple of years, but these really do stand out. The sequence in the shopping mall alone was worth the price of admission (I won't spoil it for you with details).
Overall, I'd call it worth the trip . . . so long as you don't expect too much.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A SciFi movie that is not what it seems March 19, 2006
To put it simply, there are worse SciFi flicks out there, and call me crazy but I can't help but enjoy myself immensely whenver I watch this movie. David Duchoveny, Julienna Moore, Orlando Jones and the often ommitted but wonderful Ted Levine are wonderful and keep the pace of the movie moving. Even Dan Ackroyd has a brief stint as the governer. Evolution is a movie that while lacks in earthly and alien intelligence, it does not however lack in either laughs or keeping you interested.

If you are however looking for something a bit more intellectual like say "The Hitchikers guide to the galaxy," or maybe ET, this is not the way to go. (Obviously,) but if not, definatly try this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny back then and still funny now.
Published 4 days ago by Yadira G. Doucet
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupid, Juvenile and yet TOTALLY Addictive !
This has long been a favorite for me and my kids/family for that night when you just need a dumb-butt comedy and popcorn and laughing with loved ones. It's funny, but stupid. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Julie Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Very reminiscent of 'Ghost Busters' -- which isn't at all a bad thing...
Classic. Very reminiscent of 'Ghost Busters' -- which isn't at all a bad thing at all. Entertaining and just plain silly some times.!
Published 22 days ago by Bruce Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy.
This is one of the better comedies out there, and I think everyone will like it.
Published 25 days ago by Willie S. Matney
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch again
Funny. When I first viewed this movie I thought it was hilarious. That was 2001. Now, I think it holds up but it didn't knock me over. Still worth watching again though.
Published 1 month ago by Eclectic
1.0 out of 5 stars it came in Italin speaking I cannot watch it
it came in Italin speaking I cannot watch it
Published 1 month ago by rocky krebs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great hard to find thanks
Published 1 month ago by Eric L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All time favorite
Published 1 month ago by carl spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A very fun flick.. Great for the whole family.
Published 1 month ago by Raymond
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