Evolution (2001)

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Continuity mistake: When Ira and Harry arrive at the impact site Wayne is desperate to get to his fireman training exam. Cut to the next scene, Ira is working late at night, and then shows Harry their 'discovery'. Cut to the next scene, its daylight and Wayne is doing his test.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when David Duchovny and Orlando Jones go up the ladder to squirt the Head and Shoulders into 'the hole', Orlando Jones gets sucked up into the alien and when he is pulled out he is covered in slime from head to toe, (including his glasses), as is David Duchovny. However, in the next shot of them going down the ladder there is no slime on them at all. In the next shot when they are standing at the bottom, while the truck pulls away, neither of them have much slime on them, and Orlando Jones' glasses are completely clean. The amount of slime they are covered in changes throughout the next few shots. (01:32:50)

Plot hole: Because humans have a layer of subcutaneous fat under the skin, the bug that travels under Harry's skin would have caused not only significant damage but an amazing amount of pain while moving around. There would have also been severe internal damage caused by the bug if it traveled into his colon where they ended up removing it from.


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Suggested correction: Harry could be too high on adrenaline to feel pain, and we never see whatever follow up procedure they performed "there" either.


Factual error: Ira says the aliens have 10 base pairs in their DNA and humans have 4 base pairs. Humans have four bases in their DNA, not 4 base pairs (we have over 3 billion base pairs). Not a mistake a biologist would make.

Other mistake: The puffy small burst explosions that occur within the cave do not exhibit how napalm would detonate, especially with the amount used, method they are detonating it and sheer scale of what they were looking to accomplish by destroying the alien habitat.


Deliberate mistake: The energy the meteor would displace upon impact would have created a crater of significant size compared to what was portrayed. It also didn't appear to have any impact to the structure of the cavern it crashed into either.


Other mistake: The general, at the end of the movie, is covered in slime. First of all, no one else around him is. Second of all, he wasn't anywhere near it. Third of all, he had a tent over him. He was almost as covered as Orlando Jones was after he came out of "the hole." (01:34:11)

Continuity mistake: When Ira sits down in the diner scene, the utensils in front of him are lined up knife then spoon. However at the end of the scene when they go to leave, they are reversed.


Continuity mistake: During the scene when the "blob" has an arm that crashes down on top of a house, we see in the very next aerial shot that it is isolated in the desert away from any homes.


Character mistake: The acronym USGS (United States Geological Survey) is stated correctly at the beginning of the film, however, upon arriving at the military outpost, Dr Block says "United States Geological Society", not 'Survey'.


Revealing mistake: When Harry and Ira take the students to the cave to excavate the meteor, pay attention in the first wide-shot back in the cave where you can see smoke/vapor on the ground. You can see a small patch at the very bottom of the meteor where the smoke is being pumped onto the ground, likely by a concealed smoke-machine either inside of the prop meteor or just underneath the set. You can see the smoke sort-of "churning" unnaturally at the base of the meteor as it is pumped onto the ground, giving away the effect. And to avoid any corrections, yes they say that the area is being adapted by the microbial life the meteor brought to earth and developing a mini-atmosphere in the cave... but this is an unintentionally visible effect. The atmosphere/smoke/vapor wouldn't be all coming from one single tiny spot at the base of the meteor, and it wouldn't be billowing and churning like smoke being pumped from a smoke machine.

Character mistake: In the scene where the gorilla type creature has taken out one of the security cameras, they say "one of the creatures just destroyed video four" but if you look, camera four is intact and it is camera two that has been taken out. (01:08:05)


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Suggested correction: Monitor names and video names are not the same so monitor 2 which is out, could in fact be displaying images from video 4. On a multi monitor system, there could be tons of video feeds that could be played through those monitors.

Continuity mistake: When the heroes of our film are first running away from the growing napalm induced blob to their firetruck, there are a number of shots which show nothing over their shoulders where the alien lifeforms should be undulating as its emerging from the ground.


Continuity mistake: In the scene when Wayne goes to shoot the fuzzy no-nose chimp, the glass panel behind the chimp goes from being intact to cracked and back to being intact after it's dead.


Brigadier Gen. Russell Woodman: No need to play the blame game here, Allison. No harm, no foul. Suffice it to say that we're all very appreciative of the discovery made by Dr. Kane and Mr. Black.
Harry Block: Block.

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Trivia: "Evolution" was originally written as a serious sci-fi thriller by writer Don Jakoby. When Ivan Reitman signed on to direct, he felt the concept would make for a good ensemble comedy, similar to his film "Ghostbusters." Jakoby actually liked the idea of reworking the film into a comedy so much, he stayed with the project and assisted in re-writes.

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