A Creationist’s Review of “Creation” the Movie

YOU already know that “Creation” the movie is having its US Premier on 22 January, and we’ve provided you with a Box Office Data Source so you can check how the film is doing with theater-goers.

There are dozens of reviews in the press about the film, but we’ve been waiting for the creationists to have their say. Our patience has been rewarded. We bring you the view from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — truly the fountainhead of creationist wisdom.

They’re posted a review (or something) at their website: ‘Creation’ Movie Debuts in U.S. It’s written by Christine Dao, described at the end of her article as: “Assistant Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.” With a job title like that, Miss Dao obviously knows what she’s talking about. Here are some excerpts from her insightful article. The bold font was added for emphasis.

Creation stars Paul Bettany ― of A Knight’s Tale and A Beautiful Mind fame ― as the British naturalist during the time he developed his theory of evolution and wrote On the Origin of Species. Bettany’s real-life wife, Jennifer Connelly, stars as Darwin’s wife Emma, whose religious convictions contradicted his work. It’s a movie billed as showing the human side of a man whose ideas would become one of the greatest scientific and religious controversies of the modern era.

Uh, it’s not a scientific controversy; but bear in mind that this is a creationist article. Let’s read on:

Makers of the movie complained that Creation had a difficult time finding a U.S. distributor due to the divisive topic of evolution. Producer Jeremy Thomas told The Telegraph before its European premiere in 2009, “People have been saying this is the best film they’ve seen all year, yet nobody in the U.S. has picked it up.”

We know. We wrote about that. See Expelled from the USA. Let’s continue:

It may have been the “best film” for whomever Thomas spoke with, but the box office earnings tell a different story. According to Box Office Mojo, the estimated budget for the film was ₤10 million (approximately $16,283,951). It opened on September 27, 2009, in the UK on 246 screens and barely took in 20 percent of that investment. The filmed grossed just over half a million pounds, or about $820,000.

It was better than that in the UK, but still not great. See: 1st Month’s Box Office Results.

The ICR article then discusses a recent book about Darwin, and says:

Henry M. Morris III, the Institute for Creation Research’s chief executive officer and author of the upcoming Pulling Down Strongholds, sees movies and books like these as a strategy of evolutionists to win the hearts and minds of a public that idolizes popular culture.

Well! If an authority like that says so, it must be true. Here’s more:

“It seems that since the evolutionary theory can’t hold up in the laboratory or the field, and since evolutionists are more reluctant than ever to face creationists in public debates, they are trying something new,” Dr. Morris said.

Aaaargh!! The Morris quote continues:

They’re turning to popular media to perpetuate their false ideas. But that doesn’t change the fact that the science has not, cannot, and will not support those claims, especially as new discoveries are uncovered.”

The irony is amazing. The esteemed Dr. Morris is actually describing the scientific status of his creation “science,” and he’s also describing the publicity campaign of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) — specifically their shoddy Ben Stein documentary, Expelled.

Here’s the article’s conclusion:

While many dedicated the year 2009 to the celebration and recognition of Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his On the Origin of Species with scientific unveilings and media pushes, the pomp and circumstance have done little more than expose additional questions and weaknesses in the theory of evolution.

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For all the fanfare, 2009 seemed to be a disappointing year for evolutionists after all. And Creation promises to have more disappointments in store for them when it hits stateside.

That wasn’t much of a movie review, but it was great creationism.

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3 responses to “A Creationist’s Review of “Creation” the Movie

  1. “They’re turning to popular media to perpetuate their false ideas. “

    TWEEEET! *throws flag*

    Projection!

  2. James F says: “TWEEEET! *throws flag*”

    Yup. Where else can you find entertainment like this?

  3. It seems that since the evolutionary theory can’t hold up in the laboratory or the field, […] they are trying something new. […] [T]he pomp and circumstance have done little more than expose additional questions and weaknesses in the theory of evolution.

    I need an aspirin. Hum, make that a couple of oxycodones! (I think I still have a dozen somewhere around the house.)