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is a fanlisting?
A fanlisting is a place for all fans of a particular
show, movie, actor, actress, singer, etc. to come together and build the biggest
listing of people from all around the world who are fans of that subject.
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
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.
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.
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...
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...
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