Blame none of this on the film's stars though, all of whom do the best they can with the material, but it just isn't there. Duchovny does a decent job of playing an anti-Mulder in charge of the operation. Julianne Moore does her best to shed that serious image but her character was a vaudevillian klutz, walking into closed doors and tripping over nothing. That joke got old real quick. You knew that there was going to have to be that Duchovny/Moore love-interest sub-plot and of course, there was, but unfortunately that's didn't work either. As for the rest of the cast, Orlando Jones has the delivery right but his jokes were tired and overwritten. Seann William Scott was the only one able to squeak a few laughs out of me. Luckily, the special effects were pretty awesome because otherwise, there'd be nothing here at all. As a comedy, I didn't laugh and as a sci-fi-thriller, I wasn't in suspense. They said that the script was originally written as a straight sci-fi thriller but Reitman bought the script and had it rewritten to play up the comedy angle. Eventually the humor seems forced and the film never gets off the ground.
The visual effects featurette was my next favorite extra simply because that stuff interests me. It was a well put-together documentary about all the CGI-effects used to create the aliens and how Special Effects Supervisor Phil Tippett (JURASSIC PARK) worked with Reitman to coordinate this with all the on-screen action. I only wish it were a little longer. Unfortunately, the cool extras pretty much end there. The deleted scenes are so-so (take one look at the alternate ending and you'll know why it was cut) and while the storyboard-to-scene comparison was semi-interesting, it would've been nice to hear some commentary over this feature as well. The rest of the disc is filled up with the standard, boring features like cast/crew bios, production notes and promotional stills.