Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 2001. Columbia Pictures Corporation, DreamWorks, The Montecito Picture Company. Story by Don Jakoby, Screenplay by David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby. Cinematography by Michael Chapman. Produced by Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck, Ivan Reitman. Music by John Powell. Production Design by J. Michael Riva. Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.
Uninspired science-fiction comedy tries to go for Men In Black popularity but is beaten down by copycat special effects and a lame script. Geologists Orlando Jones and David Duchovny witness a phenomenon when they examine a fallen meteor and realize that it is infested with alien life that is evolving at a superfast rate, possibly endangering human life on the planet forever. Sexy, klutzy scientist Julianne Moore shows up as an official representative of the CDA to keep these renegade scientists off the case and run it with the army’s guidance, but naturally she can’t resist Duchovny’s charms. There are lots of laughs provided by Jones and Seann William Scott as a bumbling firefighter, but you can never escape the plain fact that you’ve seen it all before and much better.