Thursday, October 10, 2019

31 Days of Halloween - Day 10 - Movie

Two community college science teachers (David Duchovny and Orlando Jones) investigate a nearby meteorite strike and make the discovery of a lifetime. Not only is the meteorite crawling with rapidly evolving alien life, but it it terraforming the cave it landed in into an environment that can sustain it. Once the military gets involved all hell breaks loose as the creatures no longer remain quarantined underground and soon begin adapting to our atmosphere.

From director Ivan Reitman, Evolution (2001) is a comedy that is mostly played straight, but lightning is not striking twice for Reitman. This is no Ghostbusters. Where the laughs in that classic film grew out of the characters and situations, here they mostly come from groin, ass, and flatulence jokes, which fall flat. The creatures, and there are many, are pretty cool, though a number have too much of a touch of whimsy about their design to really convey menace. This movie was a somewhat enjoyable diversion, but if you don't see it, you aren't really missing anything.

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