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Evolution

Evolution film poster
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Joe Medjuck
Ivan Reitman
Daniel Goldberg
Written by David Diamond
Don Jakoby
David Weissman
Starring David Duchovny
Orlando Jones
Julianne Moore
Seann William Scott
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont
Sheldon Kahn
Distributed by - USA -
DreamWorks
- non-USA -
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 8, 2001
Running time 101 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget ~ US$80,000,000
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Evolution is a 2001 comedy sci-fi movie directed by Ivan Reitman. It is based on a story by Don Jakoby who converted it into a screenplay along with David Diamond and David Weissman. A short-lived animated series, Alienators: Evolution Continues, that was loosely based on the film was broadcast months after the movie was released. Look up evolution in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Evolution movie poster This work is copyrighted. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish film actor, producer, and director. ... Joseph Medjuck (born February 17, 1943 in Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian-born film producer in Hollywood. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish film actor, producer, and director. ... David Diamond may refer to: David Diamond (composer) (1915–2005), American composer David Diamond (journalist) David Diamond (songwriter), songwriter with Canadian band The Kings Category: ... David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American television and film actor perhaps best known for his role as Fox Mulder on The X-Files. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960) in Fayetteville, North Carolina is an American actress. ... Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ... For the geologist and U.S. explorer, see John Wesley Powell, for the Mayor of Toronto see John Powell (politician). ... The guitar and voice of Michael Chapman first became known on the Cornish Folk Circuit in 1967. ... Sheldon Kahn is a BAFTA Award winning film editor and producer. ... This article is about the film studio. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish film actor, producer, and director. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... David Diamond may refer to: David Diamond (composer) (1915–2005), American composer David Diamond (journalist) David Diamond (songwriter), songwriter with Canadian band The Kings Category: ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Alienators: Evolution Continues is a traditionally animated childrens television series, based on the moderately successful live-action feature film, Evolution. ...


Evolution was seen as reminiscent of Reitman's Ghostbusters for its portrayal of four rag-tag heroes battling unnatural forces.[1] Ghostbusters is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three eccentric New York City parapsychologists. ...

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Taglines

  • Coming to wipe that silly smile off your planet
  • Have a nice end of the world

Plot

The film begins with a meteor heading towards Earth. Wayne Grey, a young firefighter trainee, is in the desert outside the Arizona town of Glen Canyon, practicing a fire rescue. The meteor strikes the old shack he had been using, creating a massive crater and, worst of all, wrecking his car. This article is about Earth as a planet. ... A Canadian firefighter A firefighter or fireman is trained and equipped to extinguish fires. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ...


The next day, chemistry professor Ira Kane and geology teacher/girls' volleyball coach Harry Block, who both teach at Glen Canyon Community College, get a tip about the meteor impact. Conning their way past the local police, Ira and Harry locate the meteor in the network of caves below the desert and cut off a piece of the meteor as a sample. Examining the sample back at the college, Ira discovers single-celled organisms rapidly dividing and multiplying, and learns that these organisms could not have evolved on Earth. When Harry suggests that the military needs to get involved, Ira disagrees, with a cryptic "I know those guys." Ira and Harry decide to study the aliens themselves, with one eye on the Nobel Prize. Taking their class on a field trip to the meteor, the professors find that the life-forms have evolved tremendously overnight, with the cave now filled with alien fungi and a thick carpet of oxygen-intolerant flatworms. Meanwhile, Wayne fails his firefighter entrance exam and grudgingly returns to his miserable job as a country club pool manager. Nobel Prize medal. ... Divisions Chytridiomycota Zygomycota Ascomycota Basidiomycota The Fungi (singular: fungus) are a large group of organisms ranked as a kingdom within the Domain Eukaryota. ... General Name, Symbol, Number oxygen, O, 8 Chemical series nonmetals, chalcogens Group, Period, Block 16, 2, p Appearance colorless (gas) very pale blue (liquid) Standard atomic weight 15. ... Classes Monogenea Trematoda Cestoda Turbellaria Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Platyhelminthes Wikispecies has information related to: Platyhelminthes The flatworms (Phylum Platyhelminthes from the Greek platy, meaning flat and helminth, meaning worm) are a phylum of relatively simple soft-bodied invertebrate animals. ...


Returning to the crash site the day after, Ira and Harry discover that the U.S. military has moved in overnight and set up a massive research camp. Brought before the post's overseers, General Russell Woodman and Dr. Allison Reed, an epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control, Harry is amazed to find that Woodman is Ira's old boss and that there is considerable bad blood between them. Woodman gladly tells Ira and Harry that they found out about the discovery through a tap placed on Ira's computer; as he puts it, the military "likes to keep tabs on our prodigal sons." Unable to continue their research, Ira and Harry file a lawsuit in the local courthouse to force the military to allow them access. Woodman reveals Ira's entire disgrace: years ago, Ira had overseen a disastrous field test of a new anthrax vaccine that caused debilitating and humiliating side-effects in the test subjects - a condition that came to be called "Kane's Madness." The judge finds Ira and Harry unfit to be involved in the research and bars them from the site. The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Epidemiology (Greek epi = upon, among; demos = people, district; logos = word, discourse), defined literally, is the study of epidemics in humans. ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is recognized as the lead United States agency for protecting the public health and safety of people by providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships with state health departments and other organizations. ... It has been suggested that Voice logging be merged into this article or section. ... A vaccine is an antigenic preparation used to establish immunity to a disease. ...


When they return to their offices, Ira and Harry find that they have been robbed; all of their samples and research has been stolen by the army. They decide to break into the army base disguised as officers and discover that the cavern has changed radically in the week they've been absent. The alien cave resembles a bizarre jungle teeming with advanced insect and reptilian life-forms. A confrontation with Allison is cut short when an alien bug enters Harry's environmental suit and then his body, and the geologist is rushed to the camp infirmary. Interviewing Ira, Allison wonders why he would have put his friend in such danger, and Ira tells her that his military disgrace has led him to being virtually exiled to this Arizona backwater, and he was so desperate to escape that he hadn't been thinking clearly.


Later that night, a member of the country club is attacked and killed by a bizarre amphibious reptile on the golf fairway. The creature dies almost immediately afterwards, and Wayne is able to claim its corpse. He brings it to Ira and Harry the next day and explains how it died; it simply choked in the fresh air. It seems that the creatures are still oxygen-intolerant. It also seems that the military cordon around the crash site isn't as tight as it should be. Another attack in suburban Glen Canyon later that day leads to the discovery of a large number of alien corpses just outside the city. Harry, displaying a rare mastery of his scientific field, concludes that the cave network beneath the desert, which intersects with a number of abandoned silver mines, is simply impossible to seal off. His moment of glory, however, is cut short by the birth of a winged alien dinosaur-like reptile right in front of them - one which can survive in oxygen. It immediately takes flight and heads for the center of Glen Canyon. Racing after it, Ira, Harry, and Wayne track it to a shopping mall and manage to kill it. The meteor's secret is now well and truly out. General Name, Symbol, Number silver, Ag, 47 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 5, d Appearance lustrous white metal Standard atomic weight 107. ...


Governor Lewis immediately brings his heavy-handed style of micromanagement to bear on Woodman's operation. Allison explains that the aliens' incredible growth rate makes them inherently uncontrollable. Ira, Harry, and Wayne show up, fresh from their defeat of the alien bird at the shopping mall, and accuse the military of being unable to handle the task. After attempting to blame the current problem on Ira, Woodman suggests that the best way to deal with the alien outbreak is a generous quantity of napalm. Initially reluctant, Governor Lewis changes his mind when the base itself comes under attack from escaped alien primates, and gives Woodman a free hand. When her protests are swept aside, Allison quits the base and throws her lot in with Ira. A simulated Napalm explosion during MCAS Air Show in 2003. ... Families 15, See classification A primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all the species commonly related to the lemurs, monkeys, and apes, with the latter category including humans. ...


Back at the college laboratory, when Harry lights a cigarette, the key to the aliens' metabolism is accidentally discovered; heat feeds it and triggers tremendous evolutionary advances. Woodman refuses to hear the group's discovery, though, and continues to prepare for the saturation bombing the next morning. A few of the metabolic pathways in a cell. ... For other uses, see Heat (disambiguation) In physics, heat, symbolized by Q, is energy transferred from one body or system to another as a result of a difference in temperature. ... Aerial area bombardment is the policy of indiscriminate bombing of an enemys cities, for the purpose of destroying the enemys means of producing military materiel, communications, government centres and civilian morale. ...


All but giving up hope, Ira soon makes a second discovery: the element selenium is a natural poison to the aliens. Two of his more underperforming students, brothers Deke and Danny Donald, tell the group that selenium is the active ingredient in Head & Shoulders shampoo. The six of them round up as much Head & Shoulders as they can, load up a fire engine acquired by Wayne, and set out to kill the aliens before Woodman's strike goes ahead. The general, however, begins the strike earlier than planned, and Ira, Harry, Allison, and the Donalds are caught in the alien cave as the organisms begin to metamorphose out of control, amalgamating into an amorphous mass that attacks them. Fleeing in the fire truck, they, as well as the astounded observers in the military outpost, can only watch as a massive single-celled alien organism erupts from the desert and towers hundreds of feet above Glen Canyon. Almost immediately, it begins to split just as the originals had under Ira's microscope, but on a gigantic scale. Despite the obvious change in circumstances, there seems to be no reason why the shampoo idea wouldn't still work, and Ira suggests that they find a good point of entry in the mass. Se redirects here. ... Head & Shoulders is a famous brand of anti-dandruff shampoo produced by Procter & Gamble. ... Fire Engine in South Bend, Indiana. ... Mitosis is the process in which a cell duplicates its chromosomes to generate two identical cells. ...


Keen for revenge, Harry insists on being the one to stick the hose into the "point of entry" they find (what is essentially the creature's anus) and fills it with shampoo. The mass immediately begins to shudder and decay. Driving manically to get out from under it, the fire truck gets clear just as the gigantic alien explodes, raining green glop down for miles around. The extremely-camera-friendly Governor Lewis holds a press conference as soon as possible, congratulating each member of the heroic party personally (at the same time announcing Wayne's sudden promotion to the fire service as reward for his part). However, Ira and Allison sneak away before he can get to them and make love in the cabin of the fire truck. Female Human Anatomy Male Human Anatomy This article is about the bodily orifice. ...


The movie ends with Ira, Harry, and Wayne doing a commercial for Head & Shoulders shampoo.


Cast

Actor Role
David Duchovny Colonel (Ret.) Ira Kane, PhD.
Julianne Moore Allison Reed, PhD.
Orlando Jones Professor Harry Block
Seann William Scott Wayne Grey
Ted Levine Brigadier General Russell Woodman
Ethan Suplee Deke Donald
Michael Bower Danny Donald
Dan Aykroyd Governor Lewis

Kyle Gass, Sarah Silverman, Richard Moll, Tom Davis, Miriam Flynn, and John Cho have cameo appearances. David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American television and film actor perhaps best known for his role as Fox Mulder on The X-Files. ... Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960) in Fayetteville, North Carolina is an American actress. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ... Ted Levine (born May 29, 1957 in Parma, Ohio) is an American actor best known for playing the serial killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 blockbuster thriller The Silence of the Lambs. ... A Brigadier General, or one-star general, is the lowest rank of general officer in the United States and some other countries, ranking just above Colonel and just below Major General. ... Ethan Suplee (born May 25, 1976) is an American actor featured in the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl as Earl Hickeys dimwitted but supportive brother, Randy Hickey. ... Michael Bower (b. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Kyle Richard Gass (born July 14, 1960)[1] is an American actor and a member of the bands Tenacious D (along with Jack Black) and Trainwreck. ... Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is a Jewish American stand-up comedian, actress, writer, singer and guitarist. ... Richard Moll (born January 13, 1943) is an American actor. ... Thomas Davis (born January 11, 1959), American School Teacher and Independent Composer An aspiring jazz composer from the idyllic Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, Tom Davis teaches music at a public high school while tending to a family of four. ... Miriam Flynn (born June 18, 1952) is an American voice artist and character actress. ... John Yohan Cho (born June 16, 1972) is a Korean American film/television actor, known for his roles in the American Pie films and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). ...


Trivia

  • Evolution was originally written as a serious horror science fiction film, until Ivan Reitman stepped in and re-wrote much of the script.
  • During the lengthy shooting in Page, Arizona, Dan Aykroyd entertained the local folk by carding guests at a bar, unofficially greeting people at Wal-Mart, and visiting locals for a cup of coffee in their homes.
  • Shot in December, DreamWorks asked the locals to delay putting up their Christmas decorations. Following the shoot, DreamWorks paid the city employees overtime to light up the town in time for Christmas.
  • The clumsiness in Julianne Moore's character was her idea.
  • The three main characters perform a commercial for "Head & Shoulders" at the end of the movie. The idea to this came from Ivan Reitman's son.
  • Ira (played by David Duchovny) makes an incredible (and ultimately, correct) leap of logic when he deduces that the element selenium might be as poisonous to the alien life-forms as arsenic is to humans. Fox Mulder, Duchovny's character on The X-Files, is notorious for arriving at similarly implausible (and usually, correct) leaps of logic (usually just in time to advance the plot prior to the commercial break).
  • The placement of the element selenium in Head & Shoulders shampoo is technically correct. Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatment Shampoo actually does consist of approximately 1% selenium sulfide. However, Head & Shoulders shampoo shown in the white containers mixed with the blue ones contains 1 % zinc pyrithione and not the selenium sulfide in the blue containers.
  • David Duchovny turned down a role in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones to appear in this movie.
  • The three-eyed smiley face used as the logo of the film in marketing was borrowed from the comic book Transmetropolitan. Producers had to get permission from DC Comics to use it and were licensed by Smileyworld Ltd, owner of the trademark of the Smiley logo, to use it for advertising and commercial purposes.
  • In the film, when the governer has a meeting for the first time in the research centre, the clock behind him showes 7:25am and when Ira (played by David Duchovny) the clock shows 8:40am.

Horror Movie redirects here. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish film actor, producer, and director. ... Page is a city located in Coconino County, Arizona near Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960) in Fayetteville, North Carolina is an American actress. ... Head & Shoulders is a famous brand of anti-dandruff shampoo produced by Procter & Gamble. ... David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American television and film actor perhaps best known for his role as Fox Mulder on The X-Files. ... Logic (from Classical Greek λόγος logos; meaning word, thought, idea, argument, account, reason, or principle) is the study of the principles and criteria of valid inference and demonstration. ... Se redirects here. ... General Name, Symbol, Number arsenic, As, 33 Chemical series metalloids Group, Period, Block 15, 4, p Appearance metallic gray Standard atomic weight 74. ... Special Agent Fox William Mulder (born October 13, 1961), nicknamed Spooky Mulder, is a fictional character played by David Duchovny on the 1993-2002 television series, The X-Files. ... The X-Files is a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. ... Selenium sulfide is an antifungal agent often used in shampoos for the treatment of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. ... Zinc pyrithione (abbreviated ZnP and also known as pyrithione zinc) is a fungicide, best known for its use in treating dandruff. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... The smiley has gone through many incarnations over the years, but it consistently retains the same features. ... Transmetropolitan is a postcyberpunk comic book series written by Warren Ellis with art by Darick Robertson and published by DC Comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American television and film actor perhaps best known for his role as Fox Mulder on The X-Files. ...

References

  1. ^ TheMovieBoy Review: Evolution (2001). Retrieved on 2007-07-20.

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Evolution is a 2001 comedy sci-fi movie directed by Ivan Reitman.
The film was seen as remniscent of Reitman's Ghostbusters movies for its portrayal of four rag-tag heroes battling unnatural forces.
The film was originally written as a serious horror science fiction film, until Ivan Reitman stepped in and re-wrote much of the script.
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