A Guide to Evolution the Movie
A Great Blend of Science Fiction and Comedy, Suitable for all Ages!
First released over a decade ago, Evolution the Movie is a 2001 American science fiction comedy film, directed by Ivan Reitman, who has directed other classics like Ghostbusters (1984), Twins (1988) Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Disturbia (2007), and more recently No Strings Attached (2011) and Hitchcock (2012).
The film stars David Duchovny (The X-Files, Californication) as Ira Kane, a college professor who used to work at army research at the Pentagon. Ira and his work colleague and friend, geologist Harry Block, played by Orlando Jones (Magnolia), are the first on the scene to investigate a meteor that has crashed in Glen Canyon, Arizona. They discover that the meteor is teeming with alien life forms that are evolving extremely quickly into diverse and dangerous extraterrestrial life forms. But before they can complete their research, the army take over operations, led by the uptight and unyielding General Russell Woodman, portrayed by Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs, Monk, Shutter Island) and the head of the CDC, clumsy and awkward Dr Allison Reid, played by the wonderful Julianne Moore (Nine Months, Boogie Nights, Hannibal).
Along with some new friends, like wanna-be fireman Wayne Grey, played by actor Seann William Scott (American Pie, Dude, Where's My Car?, Role Models), Ira and Harry fight to keep the aliens from evolving to the point where they become a threat to humanity and take over the world. This means going against the army and General Woodman, and is guaranteed to lead to some awkward and hilarious moments when the two sides butt heads over who is in charge, and who knows best.
Originally written as a serious, science fiction thriller, the final product of Evolution the Movie is a great blend of sci-fi and comedy, widening its audience to be suitable for everyone, as it is a great film for both adults and children.
Favourite Scene in Evolution the Movie
Without giving away too much of Evolution the Movie to those who haven't seen it, I wanted to share with you my favourite scene in the film. While there are many hilarious and comedic moments throughout the science fiction comedy film, this scene really highlights the great comic timing that the main actors are able to unleash.
Just before this scene, Harry has managed to get an alien bug trapped inside his body (don't ask how, it is better if you just watch the whole film to find out). Now he has been rushed to recieve medical 'treatment' to remove the bug. How do you remove an alien bug from inside a human body? Watch the clip below from the scene in Evolution the Movie to find out. In short - forceps and ice cream.
With great timing and a convincing performance from actor Orlando Jones, this scene really does highlight the great comedy that is present in Evolution the Movie.
Music in Evolution the Movie
Belong is a clip of the song by Patty Larkin called 'Anyway the Main Thing Is', which is used extensively throughout the film. The music really adds not only to the drama and action of Evolution the Movie, but also the comedy, including a great scene between Wayne, Harry and Ira all singing along in the car to 'Play That Funky Music' by Wild Cherry. The music throughout the film is catchy and upbeat, you'll be singing it long after the credits have finished rolling.
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