April 20, 2008

Expelled, a review.


Mrs. Rdw and I took in the Ben Stein documentary Expelled this afternoon.

I will not enter into a debate here on the Darwinism vs Intelligent Design issue, frankly it would do nothing but inflame tempers and I doubt anyone would change their position on one side or another.

I walked into the theater with a pre-conceived notion as to what would be presented, a stunning display of scientific intolerance.

Truth be told that was delivered as well as several things I was not prepared for.

I will not delve into specifics as I do not wish to spoil it for those who would like to see Expelled for themselves. I'll say this much, the final 4 or 5 minutes were more than worth the price of admission.

Ben Stein took a devils advocate position throughout the various interviews he conducted. He seriously questioned people on BOTH sides of the issue giving them a fair opportunity to present their opinions. It was truly an investigative approach versus the advocacy approach so many recent documentaries have adapted. There were quirky old black and white clips to add a bit of whimsy to the subject at hand.

I've seen plenty of examples by the left over the weekend trying to trash this film. (Including here) I'd challenge them to go and see this film and give it a fair judgement on it's merits. Exactly what the left challenged the right to do with Al Gore's global warming film. I can tell you this much about Expelled, it was 10 times fairer than An Inconvenient Truth in presenting all sides of the issue.

In short, Expelled was informative, entertaining, sometimes disturbing, but above all engaging. If I had some kind of established rating system I would give it my highest recommendation.

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