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About the movie
This movie was originally based on a script by Don Jakoby which was more of a dramatic science fiction thriller than a comedy. Thankfully for us, director Ivan Reitman didn't agree with the style of movie (nor would it suit him) and began working with screenwriters Don Jakoby, David Diamond and David Weissman to develop it into more of a mixed action/comedy movie. Although this was a complete turnaround from the original, the plot and ending remain essentially intact.

The movie is blessed to have Phil Tippett supervising the special effects and the quality of his work really shows in this production. You may have seen some of his handiwork in Jurassic Park and Return of the Jedi, both of which landed him Academy Awards for special effects. He was also Oscar-nominated for the visual effects he did in Starship Troopers, Dragonheart and Willow.

The Evolution begins when a meteorite screams past your screen, shattering and bursting into flames as it hits the Earth's atmosphere. It comes to an explosive end as it slams into the Earth's crust just off Route 89A and almost on top of Wayne (Sean William Scott). He just so happens to be out in the desert playing with matches and a mannequin while practising for tomorrow's fireman's exam.

The next day, Community College teacher Harry Block (Orlando Jones) takes an anonymous phone call to the University mentioning that a meteorite has crashed to earth on the outskirts of town. He asks his University teacher buddy Ira Kane (David Duchovny) to come along and investigate and to hopefully collect a sample for the lab. While chipping away at the meteorite, the rock starts to bleed. For those of us who are non-scientists, that's not supposed to happen...

It soon becomes clear to Harry & Ira that the rock sample contains alien life that must have hitched a ride on the meteorite. During their analysis, the single cell organisms start to divide at the speed of sound and as they begin to evolve it looks like they could threaten the human race.

The military, police and CDC scientist Allison Reed (Julianne Moore) soon end up going head-to-head with the college teachers who all have opposing views on how to solve the crisis. It's good to see that Reitman still shows a distaste for all forms of authority (such as has been seen in his other movies like Ghostbusters) by portraying a lot of stupidity and incompetence at high levels.

The only chance the world has against total domination by aliens is these crazy college teachers and any assistance they can gather along the way.

Have a Nice End of the World...