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Creation
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Jun 28, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
Creation order
Director:
Jon Amiel

Actors:
Paul Bettany
Jennifer Connelly
Jeremy Northam

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Charles Darwin is believed to be one of the most brilliant men to walk the Earth but this brilliance came at a cost, one that nearly drove him insane and tore his family apart. This is an intimate look at the struggles Darwin faced and overcame in his quest for knowledge in the name of Science.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Like most people, I know who Charles Darwin was and of course know of his evolutionary theory, which as the film points out, is perhaps the most powerful idea of ever to occur to a human mind. Thatís a tall order to put on anyoneís shoulders and thatís the side of the story I didnít know much about. There are many aspects of Darwinís life such as the fact he married his first cousin, their daughterís death and the tremendous toll it took upon his sanity as well as the massive amount of guilt, fear and dementia attached to his work when his peers started referring to him as the man who killed God (ouch). This film was nothing like I expected which is clearly a good thing as I enjoyed it quite a bit.

One of my favourite aspects of this flick was the visceral style used to capture the many luscious landscapes, forces of nature and cycles of life and death within the animal kingdom. There is a lot to see, hear and feel as this film progresses and most of the intensely powerful scenes stem from the flashbacks and dazed visions Darwin experiences. I fully enjoyed his story about bringing native children to court, teaching them manners and then releasing back into the wild hoping theyíre people would evolve (they didnít) and was touched to my core by his story about Jenny the Chimpanzee which I wonít get into to avoid spoilers. Also, therapeutic healing through water treatment is a vastly interesting concept in and about itself and has me curious to know more.

Paul Bettany has been on the top of my cool list since A KNIGHTíS TALE though sadly that was the most fun Iíve had with his character performances. That said, the man is diverse so he gets extra points for going balls to the wall rather than playing it safe. Itís hard to believe the frail husk of woman Darwinís married to is the Jennifer Connelly I fell in love with as a kid watching LABYRINTH and whose epic rack I later fantasised about as I watched and re-watched THE ROCKETEER and THE HOT SPOT (if you currently do or have ever had a thing for Connelly, you owe it to yourself to watch THE HOT SPOT. You can thank me later).

CREATION is a worthwhile film for the thinking viewer but not so much for the deeply religious viewer. Iíve always had a hard time with the idea that weíve evolved from apes, something about that just doesnít sit right with me. Of course, the idea that weíve all come from Adam and Eve and are therefore all related or the product of incest isnít any easier of a pill to swallow. As you have no doubt surmised this flick doesnít just tap dance on the line, it kicks the line square in the balls and then chuckles. There are many great controversies in the world and this one of (if not) the biggest. Bottom line, if you happen to be an easygoing schmoe like myself, youíll have no problem enjoying this for what it is.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Jon Amiel is very proud of this project and was more than prepared for all the controversy that came with this risky territory. Yep, this is a damn ballsy topic to tackle thatís for sure.

The Battle for Charles Darwin: Here we get a closer look at the viciously emotional battle Charles Darwin faced while penning his masterpiece. Bettany was very enthusiastic about this role and it really shows in his spectacular portrayal.

Debating Darwin: This feature opens up the many cans of worms attached to the controversy surrounding Darwinís theory. Science vs. Religion, Iím afraid that war wonít see a winner any time soon.

Digging Deeper into Darwin: Here we explore some of the other aspects of Darwinís life in greater detail: such as Family, Christians and the many delays surrounding the publication of his book. Iím surprised the Church didnít burn him and the book.

Pollard on Film on Creation: Nick Pollard (some review/talk show dude) gives his two cents about the film. Another by the book opinion, yawn.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers, one of which is for a film called PEACOCK starring Cillian Murphy that I never heard of but looks pretty cool.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Dude marries his cousin, loses a kid, defies religion despite his wifeís serious religious beliefs and is then accused of being the man who killed God and they wonder why he became a rambling recluse. As long as you donít take this film to heart or too seriously you should be able to see it for the gem it truly is.
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