I’ve never felt less enthusiastic to review a film in quite some time. Watching through Evolution was a tremendously strange experience, and an accidental one at that. Channel surfing is a dangerous game, you never know what the broadcast schedule will spit at you. This time, on that fateful autumn night (almost one month ago), Evolution happened to be on the Sony Films Channel. I’m not sure why or how this happened, but I ended up watching it in its entirety. What a truly draining experience it was.
Evolution stars David Duchovny, and if that doesn’t tell you enough about this film, then I really don’t know what will. It’s your expectedly low budget sci-fi film that wouldn’t feel out of place on a late–night movie channel. That’s near enough the place I watched this, and it certainly shows. With CGI feeling like it predates the invention of such a technology, Evolution relies on attempted character interactions and the premise of something that could potentially feel rather unique. Neither happens to work at any given point, but what could I expect from a film that has the balls to cast Seann William Scott in a leading role.
Some inexplicably well profiled and talented actors appear throughout the longevity of Evolution. Dan Aykroyd, Ted Levine and Julianne Moore all roll up in supporting roles of varyingly large degrees to dole out a few splattering’s of strong performances. It’s a shame that the best performance from this piece comes from Orlando Jones, a man who seemingly dropped off the map right around the time of Evolution’s release.
More to the point, Evolution is such a bland film that it offers little in the way of its setpieces. Director Ivan Reitman struggles as he usually does to create something worthwhile or interesting. It’s completely floundering at times. You wouldn’t think he’d directed Ghostbusters after watching how dismal this piece was. Nothing stands out, nor is anything memorable in the slightest bit which is a shame given the talent involved in the making of this strangely dreadful movie.
This is the worst type of film to review. Something so benign, so forgettable that you’re at a loss for words. You can only describe mediocre a certain number of times before you yourself delve into writing loose paragraphs, shorter pieces and generally careless statements. Evolution feels entirely careless, as if whoever was writing this couldn’t care for the details. Nothing remotely laughably bad is hidden away either, it’s quite simply just a poorly rounded piece of cinema.