Guest / Limited Access /
Creation
Our Rating
2½ Stars - Fair
Average Rating
 
(3 user ratings)ADD YOURSHelp
Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for some intense thematic material)
Directed By
Jon Amiel
Run Time
1 hour 48 minutes
Cast
Paul Bettany, Ian Kelly, Guy Henry, Martha West
Theatre Release
September 25, 2009 by Newmarket

"You'd be the first naturalist to set foot on the islands, I'll wager," the ship's captain promises. The islands are the Galápagos, and the naturalist, played by Paul Bettany, encounters there a bewildering array of biological diversity leading him to a momentous conclusion: The species on these islands are changing.

"Did God make them change?" asks a curious sailor.

"Did God make them change?" Bettany repeats thoughtfully. "Yes, certainly. But do they also change themselves? Now that is a question, isn't it?"

Bettany plays Charles Darwin in Creation, directed by Jon Amiel (Entrapment, Sommersby) and written by John Collee—but the dialogue above isn't from that film. It's from another Collee-scripted film with Bettany as a 19th-century naturalist dazzled by the diversity of the Galápagos: Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, with Bettany playing Stephen Maturin, physician of the H.M.S. Surprise in Patrick O'Brian's swashbuckling novels.

Despite these resonances, cinema does not repeat itself. Darwin's real-life journey to the far side of the world on the H.M.S. Beagle isn't depicted in Creation. Nor does the film ever consider the question that Master and Commander raises in those brief lines: whether divine causality and natural processes might be compatible and complementary rather than contradictory explanations.

Instead, every character in Creation falls into one of two neatly opposed camps: those who devoutly believe that God created the world and therefore reject evolution, and those who enthusiastically accept the evidence for evolution and therefore reject faith in God. The first camp includes Darwin's Unitarian wife Emma (Bettany's real-life wife Jennifer Connelly) and her ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
Browse All Movie Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueGleanings: December 2016
Subscriber Access Only Gleanings: December 2016
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our December issue).
Current IssueMy Home Has 'Murder' in Its Name
Subscriber Access Only
My Home Has 'Murder' in Its Name
How Russell Jeung met Jesus among the Southeast Asian gangs of Oakland.
RecommendedHacksaw Ridge: The Bloody, True Story of Faith in Action
Hacksaw Ridge: The Bloody, True Story of Faith in Action
Mel Gibson’s new film raises questions about religious liberty and moral conviction amidst national turmoil.
TrendingWhy Do We Have Christmas Trees?
Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?
The history behind evergreens, ornaments, and holiday gift giving.
Editor's PickThe Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
How the New Testament offers a better, higher calling than the Declaration of Independence.
Christianity Today
Creation
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

January 2010

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.