IMDb > Creation (2009/I)
Creation
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Creation (2009/I) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 23 | slideshow) Videos (see all 10)
Creation -- English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on evolution and the relationship with religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work.
Creation -- Clip: Do you really care?
Creation -- Footage from the UK premiere of Creation.
Creation -- Creation Trailer - The story of Charles Darwin and the single most explosive idea in history.
Creation -- Clip: Darwin's Lab

Overview

User Rating:
6.8/10   9,948 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
John Collee (screenplay)
Jon Amiel (screen story) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Creation on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 September 2009 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
How he saw the world changed it forever
Plot:
English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on evolution and the relationship with religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Historically inaccurate, anachronistic and not suitable for educational purpose See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Jon Amiel 
 
Writing credits
John Collee (screenplay)

Jon Amiel (screen story) and
John Collee (screen story)

Randal Keynes (book "Annie's Box")

Produced by
Janice Eymann .... executive producer
Jamie Laurenson .... executive producer
Nick O'Hagan .... co-producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Tom Waller .... line producer: Thailand
Peter Watson .... executive producer
Christina Yao .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
 
Cinematography by
Jess Hall (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Melanie Oliver 
 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
 
Production Design by
Laurence Dorman 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Crutcher (supervising art director)
Gary Jopling 
 
Set Decoration by
Dominic Capon 
 
Costume Design by
Louise Stjernsward 
 
Makeup Department
Francesco Alberico .... hairdresser
Vitchu Chavasit .... makeup artist: Thailand
Ashley Johnson .... hair stylist
Ashley Johnson .... makeup artist
Heather Manson .... makeup trainee
Veronica McAleer .... hair designer
Veronica McAleer .... makeup designer
Caroline Robinson .... hairdresser (as Carol Robinson)
Caroline Robinson .... wig specialist (as Carol Robinson)
Amnuay Saelim .... hair stylist: Thailand
Julia Vernon .... crowd hair supervisor (uncredited)
Julia Vernon .... crowd makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Jo Wand .... makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Layla Blackman .... post-production supervisor: Fake Studio
Duncan Broadfoot .... unit manager
Sara Desmond .... unit production manager
Oscar Kahar .... production supervisor: Thailand
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Desho Bernard .... first assistant director: Thailand
Glen Carroll .... crowd assistant director
Simon Downes .... key second assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... third assistant director
Terence Madden .... crowd assistant director (as Terence P. Madden)
Mick Ward .... first assistant director
Chanida 'Chompoo' Yasiri .... second assistant director: Thailand (as Chanida Yasiri)
James Chambers .... additional assistant director: dailies (uncredited)
Henry Forsyth .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sarah Grohnert .... dggb trainee director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Giles Asbury .... storyboard artist
Will Ayres .... dressing prop hand
Saharat Boonsatit .... set decorator: Thailand (as Saharat Boonsathit)
Noel Cowell .... props master
Quentin Davies .... props storeman
Kevin Day .... prop hand
Neil Dickson .... standby carpenter
Sarah Forbes .... set decorating buyer
Andrew Forrest .... standby prop hand (as Andy Forrest)
Felicity Hickson .... graphic artist
Tara Ilsley .... art department assistant
Pongnarin Jonghawklang .... art director: Thailand
Martin Kane .... dressing prop hand
Ekkachai Labsomboon .... property master: Thailand
Martin Lane .... standby painter
Lisa McDiarmid .... standby art director
Lucinda McLean .... greensman
Harry Metcalfe .... construction manager
Kathryn Pyle .... production buyer (as Kathryn Jennifer Pyle)
Stuart Rose .... art director: Thailand
Barry Smalls .... stand-by carpenter (as Barry 'Bugsy' Smalls)
Somboon Vichaisre .... art department coordinator: Thailand
James Wakefield .... assistant art director
Stuart Walpole .... standby prop hand
Wolfgang Walther .... standby rigger
Alex Abelman .... carpenter (uncredited)
Lawrie Ayres .... dressing prop (uncredited)
Will Ayres .... painter (uncredited)
James Enright .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nick Adams .... co-supervising sound editor
Jovan Ajder .... additional adr recordist
Ekkarat Assavajameekorn .... sound recordist: Thailand
David Boulton .... additional adr recordist
Christian Bourne .... boom operator
Chris Burdon .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug Cooper .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Del-Molino .... sound mixing assistant
Greg Freeman .... assistant foley mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Charlotte Gray .... sound assistant
Steve Hancock .... boom operator
Tim Hands .... co-supervising sound editor
Paul Hanks .... foley artist: Universal
Sue Harding .... foley artist: Realworld
Alex Joseph .... foley supervisor
Srdjan Kurpjel .... additional sound editor
Jonathan Mann .... assistant foley editor
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
June Prinz .... boom operator
Jack Stew .... foley artist: Universal
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist: Realworld
Andy Thompson .... foley mixer: Realworld
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer: Universal
Rick Gould .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Martin Seeley .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Neal Champion .... special effects coordinator
Andy Garner .... animatronic effects: Creature Effects
Steve Painter .... animatronic effects: Creature Effects
Nick P. Phillips .... special effects technician (as Nick Phillips)
Darren Robinson .... animatronic effects: Creature Effects
Dee Sherwood-Wallace .... animatronic effects: Creature Effects (as Dee Sherwiod Wallace)
Guy Stevens .... animatronic effects: Creature Effects
Cliff Wallace .... animatronic effects: Creature Effects
Bernard Newton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Scott Peters .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor .... executive producer: Machine
Avtar Bains .... visual effects artist: Framestore
Matthew Baker .... digital retouch and restoration: Framestore
Uday Bhaskar Bandaru .... hyderabad compositor: Machine
Praveen Bareria .... hyderabad compositor: Machine (as Praveenchandra Bareria)
Rodrigo Bernardo .... engineer: Framestore
Dana Bilbao .... production accountant: Crazy Horse Effects
Zachary Bloom .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore (as Zac Bloom)
Martin Bovingdon .... cg artist: Framestore
Clare Brody .... data operator: Framestore
Andy Burrow .... scanning & recording manager: Framestore
Warwick Campbell .... compositor: Machine
Felipe Canfora .... 3d artist: Machine
Matthew Collorafice .... lead compositor: Crazy Horse Effects (as Matt Collorafice)
Zoe Cousins .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore
Eric D'Souza .... engineer: Framestore
Keith Devlin .... digital visual effects supervisor: Machine
Jerome Dewhurst .... engineer: Framestore
Richard Edwards .... data operator: Framestore
Bruno Fernandes .... compositor: Machine
Kurt Frey .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Anthony Gibbs .... cg artist: Framestore
Christina Graff .... visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
Paul Graff .... visual effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
Timothy Greenwood .... visual effects artist: Framestore (as Tim Greenwood)
Sarah Brooke Grossmann .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects (as Sarah Grossman)
Karsten Hecker .... engineer: Framestore
Joseph Hoare .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore
Daren Horley .... texture artist: Framestore
Lily Kerrigan .... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
Tom Kimberley .... compositor: Machine
Tadala Usa Kiranmai .... hyderabad compositor: Machine
John Lockwood .... visual effects supervisor: Machine
Pauline Lockwood .... visual effects coordinator: Machine
James Long .... data operator: Framestore
Kevin Lowery .... high definition mastering engineer: Framestore
Gopi Madduluri .... hyderabad compositor: Machine
Veronica Marcano .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore
Peter Medrow .... research & development/engineering: Machine (as Pete Medrow)
Edwin Metternich .... digital retouch and restoration: Framestore
Standish Millennas .... visual effects producer: Machine
Adam Parker .... digital retouch and restoration: Framestore
Jamalpur Rakesh .... hyderabad compositor: Machine
Gadiraju Ramesh .... hyderabad compositor: Machine
Chandrasekhar Reddy .... hyderabad compositor: Machine (as Gudati Chandrashekar Reddy)
Yaram Venkata Reddy .... hyderabad compositor: Machine
Brian Sales .... compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Jimmy Saul .... scanning & recording manager: Framestore
David Sjodin .... compositor: Machine
Korapati Giri Sowmya .... visual effects coordinator: Machine
Steve Street .... visual effects supervisor: Machine
Robert Stromberg .... visual effects designer: Crazy Horse Effects
Odean Thompson .... digitla retouch and restoration: Framestore
Chandrapkakash Vojjala .... hyderabad compositor: Machine
Simon Whalley .... producer: titles, Framestore
Louie Alexander .... digital compositor: Framestore (uncredited)
Andrew Harvey .... digital intermediate retouch (uncredited)
James Reed .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kiran Shah .... stunt performer
Mark Southworth .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Balogh .... camera trainee: "a" camera (as Thomas Lovell Balogh)
Ashley Bond .... focus puller: "a" camera
Liam Daniel .... stills photographer
Martyn Dunham .... cameraman: behind-the-scenes
Ben Gardner .... grip assistant
Jimmy Harris .... electrician
Paul Harris .... genny operator
Peter Harris .... electrician
Rawdon Hayne .... additional focus puller
Mick Heath .... electrical rigger
Alice Hobden .... clapper loader: "a" camera
Andy Hopkins .... key grip: London locations
Jon Hurley .... additional clapper loader
Gary Hymns .... grip: second unit
Martin Kenzie .... director of photography: second unit
Pongsakorn Kundilokchaipat .... steadicam assistant: Thailand (as Pongsakorn Khundilochaipat)
Brad Larner .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as Brad Lerner)
Adrian Mackay .... electrician
Adrian Mackay .... genny operator
Iain Mackay .... clapper loader: additional photography (as Iain McKay)
Iain Mackay .... second assistant camera
Chris McAleese .... additional clapper loader
Adrian McCarthy .... grip: additional photography
Jennie Paddon .... focus puller: "b" camera
Jennie Paddon .... focus puller: wildlife
Phineas Page .... video playback operator (as Phineas Conrad Page)
Mark Payne-Gill .... camera operator: wildlife
Nick Pitt .... photographer: time-lapse, additional photography
Nick Ray .... key grip: Cornwall locations (as Nicholas Ray)
Terence Roberts .... electrician
Peter Robertson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Peter Robertson .... steadicam operator
Paul Sharp .... best boy electrician
Ricky Stelling .... rigger: additional photography
Tawutchai Sungkaew .... gaffer: Thailand
Mark Thomas .... electrician
Axel Ulrich .... focus puller: second unit
Gavin Walters .... rigging gaffer
Lee Walters .... gaffer
Julian White .... gaffer: additional photography
Matt Wilson .... electrician: additional photography
Haris Zambarloukos .... director of photography: additional photography
Jacob Barrie .... second assistant camera: dailies (uncredited)
Rob Gilmour .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Cara Beckinsale .... casting assistant
Wimonwan Boonchan .... extras casting: Thailand
Kanlaya Netrayon .... extras casting: Thailand
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Blight .... wardrobe mistress
Parn Chaichomphu .... wardrobe runner: Thailand
Nigel Egerton .... costume supervisor
Rosie Grant .... assistant costume designer
Joanne Mosley .... wardrobe assistant (as Jo Mosley)
Rosanna Normanton .... wardrobe assistant
Yai Panchawan .... wardrobe mistress: Thailand
Stephen Kill .... leather worker (uncredited)
Kunza .... corsetiere (uncredited)
Lucy McGill .... costume daily (uncredited)
Timothy Shanahan .... dyer/ager (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ben Baker .... head of digital lab: Framestore
Turea Blyth .... film editorial: Framestore
Erika Brüning .... high definition mastering producer: Framestore (as Erika Bruning)
Charlie Habanananda .... conform editor: Framestore
Wayne Jones .... negative cutter: Rightway Film Services
Chris McGloin .... second assistant editor
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact: Deluxe
Brenna Rangott .... first assistant editor
Ian Robinson .... laboratory contact: DeLuxe London
Gavin Round .... producer: Framestore
Asa Shoul .... colorist: Framestore
Mark Wright .... negative cutter: Rightway Film Services
Jan Hogevold .... digital intermediate executive producer (uncredited)
Mathieu Reid .... color timer (uncredited)
Rachael Watmough .... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Adam Barber .... synthesizer programmer
Samantha Barker .... music score coordinator
Peter Bateman .... score coordinator
Max Blomgren .... synthesizer programmer
David Blumberg .... orchestrator
Richard Bronskill .... orchestrator (as Richard Brunskill)
Steven Chesne .... synthesizer programmer
Steve Davis .... midi transcriptions
Peter Fuchs .... score mixing engineer
Peter Fuchs .... score recording engineer
Benoit Grey .... orchestrator
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Robert Marecek .... soloist: violin
Vladimir Martinka .... music librarian
Sean McMahon .... orchestrator
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Elena Nalimova .... piano advisor
Thomas Nemec .... soloist: piano
Joohyun Park .... score coordinator
Martin Roller .... assistant score engineer
David Shephard .... orchestrator
The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra .... music performers
Andrew Spence .... synthesizer programmer
Paul Talkington .... music recording manager
Jonathan Timpe .... synthesizer programmer
Marian Turner .... orchestra manager
Ivan Tvrdik .... soloist: cello
Brandon K. Verrett .... score coordinator (as Brandon Verrett)
Sunna Wehrmeijer .... score coordinator
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Allan Wilson .... music preparation
Flavio Motalla .... score producer (uncredited)
Joohyun Park .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joohyun Park .... musician (uncredited)
J. Tyler Timpe .... score programmer assistant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Paul Brosnan .... driver: honey wagon
Danny Brown .... h.o.d facilities
Simon Burgess .... driver: generator
Alan Canty .... driver: Mr. Bettany
Tim Harrison .... driver: honey wagon
Fraser Henry .... driver: construction standby
Brian Howard .... driver: camera
Charles Morris .... driver: props truck
Tiziano Niero .... driver: runner
Kanjana Phanumas .... transportation coordinator: Thailand
Ian Shubrook .... driver: construction standby
Dan Smith .... driver: grips
Tony Wadsworth .... driver: Ms. Connelly
Barrie Williams .... transport captain
Simon Burgess .... facility driver: unit base stand-by (uncredited)
Jeff Hudson .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carolyn Allen .... chaperone
Carolyn Allen .... tutor
Hannah Andrews .... production assistant
Tom Asquith .... production runner (as Thomas Asquith)
Pip Ayers .... producer: behind-the-scenes
Pongsakarj Benjaprompadung .... production runner: Thailand
Aaron Bloom .... animal trainer
Anthony Bloom .... animal trainer
Peter Bloom .... animal trainer
Kittipat Boonvanno .... location manager: Thailand
Russell Boswell .... caterer: Ace Film Catering
Lawrence Breen .... stock footage advisor
Jeremy Bristow .... crew: BBC Natural History Unit
Rona Brown .... animal consultant
Rona Brown .... animal trainer
Daniel Budd .... assistant accountant (as Dan Budd)
Matt Burton .... caterer: Ace Film Catering
Steve Cain .... animal trainer
Sarah Caughey .... legal services: Olswang
Anna Chantanakomes .... assistant: Mr. Amiel, Thailand
Clare Coulter .... legal services: Olswang
David Coupland .... production runner
Judy Crane .... caterer: Ace Film Catering
Sara Curran .... business affairs consultant: Recorded Picture Company
Devis Damonte .... assistant: Mr. Amiel
Brendan Donnison .... arranger: crowd voices, Lypsinc
David Drake-Brockman .... standby: additional photography
Booniem Dunlayapitak .... animal trainer: Thailand (as Boonniem Dunlayapitak)
Santisak Dunlayapitak .... animal trainer: Thailand
Gopal Dutta .... runner: additional photography
Jirathorn Enchai .... production secretary: Thailand
Sunin Enchai .... production accountant: Thailand
Suzanne Facenfield .... scheduling manager: De Lane Lea
Tina Falcone .... accounts assistant
Sue Field .... script supervisor
Poppy Gordon-Clark .... assistant location manager: West Country (as Poppy Gordon Clark)
Sarah Grohnert .... observer: Directors Guild Trust
Ella Harris .... floor runner
Ella Harris .... stand-in
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Rouzie Hassanova .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Rebecca Hawkes .... international delivery services: Schedule 2
Emma Hill .... animal trainer (as Emma Hills)
Paul Hillier .... insurance: ACJ Insurance
Michael Howes .... animal trainer
Tracey Jacobs .... animal trainer
Rachel James .... post-production accountant
Warakorn Jitpat .... set production assistant: Thailand
Steve John .... production office
Matt Jones .... assistant location manager
Rachel Kennedy .... unit publicist
Alainée Kent .... development executive
Randal Keynes .... consultant: Darwin
Rachel King .... unit nurse
Erin Lander .... floor runner
Jamie Lengyel .... location manager
Sharon Lock .... title designer
Jonathan Lynch-Staunton .... worldwide sales: HanWay Films
John Macadam .... geology advisor
Richard Mansell .... business affairs executive: Recorded Picture Company
Richard Masson .... animal trainer
Barry May-Leybourne .... health and safety officer (as Barry May Leybourne)
Daniel McAuley-Burnett .... floor runner
Daniel McAuley-Burnett .... stand-in
Dan Mildenhall .... animal trainer
John Miles .... production accountant
Sheila Fraser Milne .... completion bond: Film Finances
Anuchit Muanprom .... production coordinator: Thailand
Tom Mulberge .... production assistant: additional photography (as Tom Mulberg)
Suwan Nateluk .... animal trainer: Thailand
Philie Naughten .... production coordinator (as Philippa Naughten)
Sofia Neves .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Adrian O'Meara .... veterinary surgeon: UK
Karin Padgham .... producer's assistant
Sam Passingham .... caterer: Ace Film Catering
Pattarasak Pongonglad .... caterer: Thailand
Lindsey Powell .... location assistant
Andi Probert .... animal trainer
Samavee Pummoung .... interpreter: Thai, Thailand
Karen Redfern .... international delivery services: Schedule 2
Navarutt Roongaroon .... script supervisor: Thailand
Karen Russell .... production runner
Livy Sandler .... legal and business affairs: BBC Films
Lisbeth Savill .... legal services: Olswang
Thorsten Schumacher .... worldwide sales: HanWay Films
Sirichai Sirachotsathein .... production runner: Thailand
Kasem Siripattanapaiboon .... craft service: Thailand
Lisa Skipp .... chaperone: Martha West
Lisa Skipp .... tutor: Martha West
Kelsey Smith .... production assistant: Mr. Bettany & Ms. Connelly
Teerapat Soonthonhong .... veterinary surgeon: Thailand
Jan Spielhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Tanya Steel .... animal coordinator
Tanya Steel .... animal trainer
Oranan Tangpanitanon .... assistant: Mr. Bettany, Thailand
Jeremy Thomas .... presenter
Katherine Tucker .... chaperone
Katherine Tucker .... tutor
Mark Vaughn .... animal trainer
Matthew Vizard .... delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Matthew Vizard .... production coordinator: BBC Films
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach (as Julia Wilson-Dixon)
Dylan Winter .... courtesy: stock footage
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Trish Wylie .... assistant production coordinator
Bruno Cassoni .... locations daily (uncredited)
Rebecca Davis .... additional assistant location manager (uncredited)
Darren Helman .... location support (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tracey Ash .... dedicated to the memory of
Jeremy Barlow .... special thanks
Anita Bavelchik .... special thanks
Isabel Begg .... special thanks
Colin Brown .... special thanks
David Brown .... special thanks
Ann Carli .... special thanks
Emily Chapman .... dedicated to the memory of
Jenny Cooper .... special thanks
Dixon Q. Dern .... special thanks (as Dixon Dern)
Casey Fero .... dedicated to the memory of
Maria Tarantina Fuccella .... special thanks
Sue Hayes .... special thanks
Hercules .... dedicatee
Jenny Hill .... dedicated to the memory of
Chiu-Lain Huang .... special thanks
Alison Hunter .... dedicated to the memory of
Chris Hunter .... special thanks (as Chris)
John Hunter .... special thanks
Stephan Mallmann .... special thanks
Sophia Mirza .... dedicated to the memory of
Lucy Mostin .... special thanks: Danes (as Lucy)
Nicholas Mostin .... special thanks: Danes
Claire Oakes .... special thanks: Westend Travel
Dennis P. .... special thanks
Steve Rabineau .... special thanks
Walter Teller .... special thanks
Lun-Chiech Wang .... special thanks
Jane Wright .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some intense thematic material
Runtime:
108 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45781)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Charles Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood. They had ten children together.See more »
Quotes:
Reverend John Innes:Charles. Charles my old friend, there you are. May I join you?
Charles Darwin:Yes. Yes, of course.
Reverend John Innes:Mrs. Darwin has told me about the book you're writing.
Charles Darwin:Oh, no, no, not anymore, thank goodness.
Reverend John Innes:You mean you finished it?
Charles Darwin:It's been finished for me, actually. A Mr. Alfred Russel Wallace has arrived independently at exactly the same opinion. Expressed in a... In a mere twenty pages. Now there's brevity for you. I had covered two hundred fifty so far and have come to a dead end, so whilst having wasted twenty years on the project, I have at least rid of it.
[...]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Étude Op. 25, No. 11, Winter WindSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
41 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Historically inaccurate, anachronistic and not suitable for educational purpose, 31 January 2010
Author: lfdmotta from United States

This could have been a great movie with plenty of educational potential for teachers around the world about evolution, biology, the creative work in science, research and Darwin's life, but it is not.

The screenplay is mostly historically inaccurate and transforms a true story into a Mexican soup-opera melodrama. While it is true that Darwin gradually lost his religious beliefs, this was in great part due to his findings during the voyage of the Beagle and not solely due to the loss of his daughter. He was certainly disturbed by his loss, but that did not made him literally insane, delusional and detached from his friends and family. The such portrayal of Darwin is an invention of the script writer. Thus it cannot be used in any way as place to learn a bit about Darwin's life and psyche. According to most historians, Darwin had the theory ready by the end of the Beagle voyage, and kept it from going public because he wanted to develop further the consequences of it and check against more data. In the movie, it is an imaginary conflict of Darwin with his religious beliefs and the mental illness that he developed after his daughter's death that kept him from going public.

The movie brings a modern situation, the creationists vs scientists debate, into the life and times of Darwin, thus it is anachronistic. It depicts Thomas Huxley not as a man trying to develop further understanding of biology but as someone eager to "kill God", in his own words from the movie, and destroy the church, who would accept the theory of evolution for such purposes and not because it was a synthesis of plenty of disconnected data. Huxley is presented as a very arrogant and insensible person, a combination that I interpret was an attempt to ridicule active atheists who speak up against religion. In real life, Huxley accepted Darwin's ideas after publication only gradually, and before the work of Darwin he thought that there was not enough evidence to support evolution. His first support of evolution was published one month after the Origin of Species became public. He was agnostic but did not think it was necessary "to kill God", only thought that there was not enough evidence to believe in the supernatural. The debate creationists vs scientists appears throughout the movie, and creationists catch-phrases such as "It is only a theory" are part of the discussion. Of course, no such dispute or catch-phrases existed at that time. In fact, the Anglican Church published a positive review of the Origin's saying that they saw God's work in evolution, in some sense, quite in fact in contradiction to the way that the clergy is portrayed in the screenplay.

Another awful aspect of this movie is that it gives the wrong impression to the general public that scientific research is done by a solitary crazy man who just writes a lot. Nothing could be further from the truth. The conception of the theory of evolution was the result of thorough observations of living forms by Darwin during five years in the HMS Beagle, and was developed gradually as it can be seen from Darwin's notes of the voyage. Even though the Beagle voyage was the sole most important part of Darwin's life to the conception of "Origin of Species", the voyage is briefly mentioned only once at the beginning, and no attempt is made to show that the book came as an elaborate analysis of observations. To make it worse, Darwin is shown performing a single experiment (pigeon breeding) to test his theory and, in the end, quits it. And I'm not really sure whether such experiment did actually occur.

Great disappointment. It is not in any way a homage to Darwin and science.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (74 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Creation (2009)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Reacting to 'Creation' kelly-j-wilson
God allowed evolution? BlueOwl124
Such a low rating!!! sriram7612
Who has actually read 'On the Origin of Species?' Roy72
Based on 'Annie's Box' - Randal Keynes jonathan_bryce
Not the place to discuss your beliefs... cherylrice
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Isadora When Did You Last See Your Father? The Painted Veil Madame Bovary Undertow
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Biography section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.