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Evolution shows director Ivan Reitman replaying the ingredients of Ghostbusters in a visually dull film with some embarrassing, sub-par comedy. What you see in the movie is: fake, nerdy pseudo-science, a bit of sleaze, mild horror, more nerdy science talk, ghosts (sorry: bugs from outer space), funky music, bits of American nonsense, and one liners from confused scientists. Visual effects. Overall: the story could work, but Ivan Reitman is a poor film-maker who appeared to helm his one-time classic by accident. Unfair, perhaps, but I'm yet to be convinced otherwise.
Exceptionally beautiful film that says, gently, and meaningfully - NOT MUCH. It's supposed to be a family drama, coming of age story and romantic "struggle", but the real star is the cinematographer and directors exceptional eye for composition, framing and editing. The images in this film are outstanding throughout, but the story is essentially about a teenage girl's fixation with an older, but still attractive man and her jealousy over his relationship. Movie needs some dramatic story beats at the end to reward the viewer, otherwise this cinema classic begins to feel like an extended series of outstanding location shots, ancient ruins, artful compositions without narrative.
A beautifully staged, lit, shot drama film that lacks emotional drama or suspense, let alone magnetism from key players. Film perhaps unfairly ravaged by critics simply because it's academic/cultural leanings are all bunk and because the film is supposed to be something like a spy thriller but lacks energy regardless of piling clues and supposedly tense conflict. Movie is based on book about Illuminati scholar involved with a counter-terror plot at the Vatican. Religious imagery and portentous, flatulent dialogue abound. Probably the best thing about the movie is the rich colors and impressive old-world scenery.
Quintessential "indie" movie of it's decade - actually a baldly obvious replay of 80s teen comedy tropes, with added layers of bizarre awkwardness, capturing the malaise and ostracizing, judgmental nature of small town high-schools perfectly. Funny and memorable.
A terrible film belatedly cashing in on the commercial success of Batman - like Dick Tracy, Darkman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other things that were already a shelf franchise at some point. Film made money on the back of popular comic book artist sales, but is incoherent, dark and some VFX shots look TV-quality. Directed, actually, by a former VFX supervisor at ILM, but with no apparent aptitude for linking ideas, character and plot into a meaningful experience.