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Member Name: Mcdaddy
Date: 29/06/01, updated on 29/06/01 (155 review reads)
Advantages: A science lesson and a laugh at the same time!
Disadvantages: A little predictable!
As many of us know, it was the famous Charles Darwin who laid down the foundations on what we conceive as the evolutionary process. And it has been accepted by all that this is a lengthy process taking many millennia. I guess Mr Darwin never considered a meteor containing Alien DNA in his equation.
This is the basis around the now number one movie in the UK, Evolution, directed by Ivan Reitman, the director of the legendary Ghostbusters. In true sci-fi/comedy tradition the film opens with an unsuspecting individual just going about his business in the desert, when this huge meteor crashes on his fire-testing shack and wrecks his car. And with most meteors crashing into Earth it causes some attention from the police, but also from two local school teacher scientists, Ira Cain (played by David Duchovny) and Harry (played by Orlando Jones).
Harry is given the task to go and check out the meteor, as he is a member of a national geological foundation. But once at the meteor they realise that this is something far from normal, when they attempt to take a sample the meteor begins to ooze a blue slime. Being spurned on by the promise of fame and glory, and maybe even a Nobel Prize, Ira and Harry take their samples back to the lab to do some tests. It is here that Ira discovers that there is life in the universe other than that found on Earth. It is however when the cells that they have excavated from the meteor start to develop and evolve at a startling rate that they start to see the full celebrity and money prospects of their discovery.
However, as with all sci-fi, strange Alien goo films, it doesn't take very long for the Military and the Government to find out and take over. It is here that we are introduced to Alison (played by Julianne Moore), a tough, hard skinned scientist, who is instantly attracted to Ira but won't admit to it. What follows is a cat and mouse chase between Ira and Harry, and the Government in trying to secure th
e ownership of this finding. But what they all don't realise is that evolution is taking place right underneath their noses, and at a rapid rate, and these little cells are becoming organisms, which are becoming creatures, which are becoming beasts, which are becoming primates, well you get the idea. And the whole process has only taken one month after the initial impact.
In shock at this discovery Alison predicts that unless they are stopped, within a year the Alien species will have spread across the whole of the planet, wiping out the Human race. They are all tasked on a way to stop them. But how do you stop the process of Evolution?
Well that’s enough about the story line. And even though it all sounds very serious, the film is in fact a comedy. And believe me there are more than one or two times that I had to hold my stomach after laughing two much. The only problem is that 60% of all the really funny scenes have already been used in the adverts. But the classic scene is when Harry is attacked by and Alien Mosquito, which quite literally gets a bit under his skin. As it is racing around is lower body the doctors decide that the best way to get the creature is to insert a clamp and grab it. The only problem is that they are going to have to go in anally! Trust me, I think everyone in the cinema felt Harry's pain!
There are also a few predicable gags centred on and around Duchovny from his X-Files fame, such as him saying that he knows the Government, and other extra-terrestrial comments. However he most memorable act in the film would have to be what is known as the Cain madness. To find out what I'm on about then I suggest that you get down to your local and watch this film, it’s a guaranteed laugh from start to finish.