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Member Name: daseaford
Date: 29/01/02, updated on 15/02/02 (27 review reads)
Advantages: Very funny., Great creatures.
This is an excellent film that I am sure we will watch over and over again. The basic story line is that a meteor has crashed onto Earth and ended up in a cave complex. On the meteor were some single cell creatures that very quickly start to evolve and adapt to the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.
Soon the creatures will develop so much that within two months they will over run the whole of the United States of America and probably mark the end of mankind.
Two lecturers from the local community college (Glencanyon) investigate the meteor landing, as Harry Bloc (played by Orlando Jones) is the local representative of the United States Geological Survey. (He signed up on the Internet!) His partner is Dr Ira Crane (played by David Duchovny), who has a hidden past, when he worked for a government scientific investigation department.
The film is very funny and the chemistry between Orlando Jones and David Duchovny is excellent. There are a whole series of one-line, throw-away jokes, many of which I am sure I missed on this first viewing.
The creatures in the film are superb. Obviously as the plants and animals are evolving on a planet that is alien to them, they will develop to a whole new collection of species that we have not seen before. This allowed the special effects people to use their full imagination in creating some wonderful creatures, with some very strange eating habits.
The plot is entwined with an attraction between Dr Crane and Allison Reed (played by Julianne Moore), who is an attractive government science advisor. There is also Wayne Green (played by Seann William Scott) a trainee fireman who witnessed the meteor landing and General Russell Woodman (played by Ted Levine) who just wants to burn the whole area with Napalm.
There is some really good, funky music in the film and the ending of the film is as bizarre as it is funny. A synopsis of the film (aliens taking over the world) does not sound
very inviting, but this really is a film worth watching for a good laugh and some very clever special effects.
The acting in the film is very good and the star for me is definitely Orlando Jones. Playing the part of the bored college tutor, who suddenly has the opportunity of fame and fortune, his portray is excellent.
I can highly recommend this light hearted, very entertaining comedy film.