After a meteor crashes to earth in Arizona and begins to emit a liquid containing aliens, a team of scientists find themselves thwarted by the miltary in their atempts to analyse what is taking place.

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Though the special effects are as clever as most special effects are these days in Hollywood films,the script is perfunctory, the plotting predictable, the characters uninteresting.

When a meteor lands in the Arizona desert, practically flattening would-be fireman Wyatt, Seann William Scott, local science teachers Ira Kane, David Duchovny, and Harry Block, Orlando Jones, investigate and soon find organisms that are growing at an incredible rate. It`s not long before the federal government, for which Ira once worked, is involved; and the man in charge, General Woodman, Ted Levine, is antagonistic towards Ira and his ideas. Hardly less sympathetic, at first, is disease control official Allison, Julianne Moore. Meanwhile, those organisms continue to evolve alarmingly...Evolution could have been made either as a thriller or as a comedy; with Ivan Reitman, who made Ghostbusters,, on board as director, it`s no surprise the film`s a comedy - the surprise is that it`s such a thin one. Though the special effects are as clever as most special effects are these days in Hollywood films,the script is perfunctory, the plotting predictable, the characters uninteresting. It`s particularly sad to see the usually excellent Julianne Moore in such a demeaning role. Not for the first time, Dan Akyroyd steals the show as the blustering state governor.

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