By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Creation Directed by Jon Amiel

Creation seems to be rather misunderstood already. It’s not really a Charles Darwin biopic or a period piece by its nature (though it is, in fact, period). It is, very surprisingly like the still-controversial Antichrist, a movie about the loss of a child and how the parents deal with it. In this case, however, it just happens to be Darwin, whose work on The Origin of Species was promising to, as one provocateur in the film says, “Kill God.”

Creation is an unfortunate name for the film because it is seems both too simple and obvious. And indeed, it is not the shock machine that Von Trier would make. But it is reasonable to look back at Jon Amiel’s history of films and to guess that if you like what he often does – going back into historic eras to discuss issues that are still vexing us today – you will like this movie.

-by David Poland

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