Evolution

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DreamWorks Released 2001

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Director:
Ivan Reitman
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13

Evolution: The Movie is a science fiction comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman that follows community college professors Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and Harry Block (Orlando Jones) as they stumble upon a crashed meteorite in the underground caverns beneath Glen Canyon, a lackluster town in Arizona. Tickled that the two eccentric and relatively low-level professors have stumbled across a meteor with rapidly evolving fungi and some sort of primordial ooze, their scientific discovery is commandeered by the military, led by General Russell Woodman (Ted Levine), who set up shop with the scientific know-how of accident prone Dr. Allison Reed (Julianne Moore). As Ira and Harry fight to regain control, or at least presence, of the investigation, they discover that creatures are popping up all over Glen Canyon and they are none too friendly. Ira, Harry, Allison and wannabe firefighter Wayne (Seann William Scott) rush to stop Woodman from resorting to nuclear warfare to get rid of this disastrous state of evolution.

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A consistently amusing action romp.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The movie itself evolves in reverse, starting life as a moderately clever grab bag of high-concept noodling and half-witty badinage before descending into the primordial ooze of ex...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    Reitman's attempt to show he can re-create the success of his biggest comedy ever. What he proves instead is that, given time and money, a comedy director can devolve into a lower ...

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    Science Fiction

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    light science fiction, cartoon violence, for geeks, comic book movie, underdogs