|Submitted by Zane W. Olesen |
(Dec 12, 2002)
As you have probably read, some are describing “Evolution” as a “Ghostbusters” for the millennium. I can understand the mild cynicism, however it is a little inadequate to describe this film’s strongest point, which would be the charismatic chemistry of its main stars.
David Duchovny as Ira Kane, strategically displays his trademark X-Files morose dialogue delivery in a few minor lines. This helps to add credibility to the evolution of the plot. In the rest of the movie, Duchovny displays a great natural sense of humor.
Duchovny’s interaction with Orlando Jones, as Harry Block, Seann William Scott, as Wayne Green, and Julianne Moore, as Allison Reed is quite a refreshing contrast to his past performances in “The X-Files,” “Return to Me” and “Playing God.”
Though all great performances, it was great to see Duchovny further explore other dimensions of his acting talent.
As I mentioned earlier, the chemistry between the main stars, Duchovny, Moore, Jones, and Scott was the strongest point of the movie. It was so strong that I’m willing to make a recommendation based on their chemistry despite the film’s weak points.
The story begins out in the Arizona desert where aspiring fireman Wayne Green, Seann William-Scott, has driven out to practice for his fireman’s entrance exam. Then out of the sky, a meteor streaks down and nearly kills him and launches his car some two hundred feet through the air.
Then we go to a classroom scene where teacher Ira Kane (Duchovny) is telling his class why he has generously handed out A’s on their latest assignment.
Ira then hooks up with pal Harry Block (Jones) a geology teacher, who has been asked by the U.S. Geological Society to investigate the reported meteor.
After collecting some samples and viewing them under a microscope, Ira realizes they have discovered proof of extraterrestrial life. He does not realize the true magnitude of the discovery until the US government gets involved.
We then learn some of Ira’s past as a scientist with the US Army, as the government seeks to discredit Ira and remove him from involvement in the research.
The meteor contains some kind of space-bio-plasma, DNA, enhanced fluid that self evolves at an extraordinarily quick pace. Millions of years are compressed into hours of evolutionary activity.
Soon, all sorts of Computer Generated critters begin appearing, wreaking havoc amongst the locals. The army eventually realizes they may have their hands full and have to consider some extreme method of pest control.
The Arizona governor, played exceptionally by the great Dan Ackroyd, shows up angry over the press coverage and his being kept in the dark on the issue.
There are a number of problems with the plot that are entirely pragmatic in nature, but it really doesn’t interfere with the fun and entertaining heart of the movie.
I really did enjoy myself watching these characters interact. I enjoyed great laughs from Jones and Seann William Scott.
Orlando Jones redeemed himself excellently from the horrible “Say it isn’t So.” Seann William Scott, I think this kid’s got a future in comedy. He’s being type cast, however, he just cracks me up.
And the bottom line is that I walked away hoping there will be a sequel because I loved watching the characters in this movie so much.