STARRING: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Ted Levine, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd

2001, 103 Minutes, Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Description: Despite the meddling of clueless military buffoons, Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott and Julianne Moore join forces to eradicate a wild variety of rapidly evolving alien creatures that arrived on Earth via meteor impact.

A meteor containing alien goo lands in the desert. The goo actually evolves (within a matter of days) into several alien creatures, most of them intent on, well, eating. Soon it becomes apparent that the newly evolved creatures present a threat to the future of humankind. Who you gonna call?

Evolution tries desperately hard to be Ghostbusters 3, which shouldn't come as a surprise since it is also directed by Ivan Reitman. Quick - when last did Reitman direct a box office hit? I don't know either (he also directed Stripes and Meatballs) and Evolution didn't do particularly well during its cinematic run.

Perhaps audiences sensed that it is the sort of thing that would go down better as a video rental instead of forking out for a full-price movie ticket (prices being what they are nowadays).

Unlike the Ghostbusters movies it doesn't star Bill Murray, but instead has David Duchovny, agent Fox Mulder of X-Files fame. Duchovny is his usual, erm, restrained self, but strangely there are no in-jokes about his better known role. While Evolution has fun with its 'Fifties B-movie plot, this simply ain't Men In Black. The plot seems to be a rehash and even ends very similar to the original Ghostbusters movie (did I spoil that for you?).

Unlike some of the other lavatorial comedies we've recently seen, Evolution has some genuine laughs, a lazy charm and not really all that offensive. I'm not recommending it unreservedly though: while it is a harmless way of passing an hour and a half, Evolution is only recommended if you feel like some really lightweight entertainment.


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