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  • Actors: Jennifer Connolly, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Northam, Toby James, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Directors: Jon Amiel
  • Producers: Jeremy Thomas
  • Format: Dolby, DVD-Video, Import, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002T5QM42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,194 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Director Jon Amiel's biopic explores the crisis of faith suffered by evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany). About to publish the book that would question God's role in creation, Darwin is forced to come to terms with how it will affect his deeply religious wife, Emma (Jennifer Connelly). In addition to his concerns about Emma, the worsening ill health of his beloved daughter Annie soon leads Darwin into a reassessment of his life's work, as he begins to fully realise the impact his theory will have on society.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By bragadaccio on 24 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A 'nice' film, with an excellent performance by Paul Bettany (as Darwin) and his real-life wife, American-born Jennifer Connelly, as Darwin's wife, Emma. I found the story of Darwin's life and that of his family very interesting. Loads of details I personally never knew before. At the end of the film it is stipulated that the film is based on the book Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution, in fact written by Darwin's great great grandson, Randal Keynes. The book has apparently been re-edited with a new title, Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin. On the DVD there is over an hour of excellent special features, showing that, I quote, the film is based, to some extent only, on conjecture, 'a line drawn between two known facts', and there are loads of interviews (including that of Randal Keynes, mentioning his own childhood memories of his great great grandfather's house, and the Box) also going into the historical implications of Darwin's theory. The DVD is worth it, for the special features alone ... A BBC film, partly financed by the British Lottery!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DN PERKS on 27 July 2010
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Creation is supposedly about the origin of Darwins seminal book-The Origin of the Species and has an excellent cast including a brooding and restrained Paul Bettany and an impressive Jennifer Connelly as his wife. That the film does not deliver this story in its entirety is not surprising since Darwin led a crowded and studious life. However, it might have been better to call it, Annie's Box (since this is the book by Randal Keynes that it is based on) Indeed the central crux of the film is the devastating loss of Darwin's oldest daughter,Annie which in the books view confirmed Darwins loss of faith and drove him on to consider his scientific theories- theories he was unable to write down because of his grief and due to his knowledge of how they might be offensive to a religious society as epitomised by the devout Connelly, his wife. So, there are too many scenes where Darwin is forced to rationalize ideas by talking to the ghost of his daughter (these become insipid in the end) and not enough scenes where he is engaged by the thoughts of society. That wonderful actor, Toby Jones is credited as Huxley but only gets one scene. There are certainly atmospheric shots of flashbacks to the Beagle; his observations of nature; his experiments and his own battle with illness.
However, in only focussing on the death of his daughter one gets the obvious; that he was devastated and unable to function- which doesn't always provide the dynamic for a film- too many shots of Bettany looking sullen and distressed; that he has to face up to the death of his daughter before he can function and write again is not enough to sustain the narrative of a whole film. So nicely shot; well acted but heavily restricted by its choice of source material- worth watching but ultimately too worthy to provide the film that is fighting to evolve- specious rather than original.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Baverstock on 26 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The previous reviewer giving this film a single star seems to have seen a different film to the one I saw. This film is beautifully shot and acted by all of its actors and actresses. As usual Paul Bettany is simply outstanding. This film is incredibly thought provoking for it deals with so many subjects: parenthood, religion, obsessiveness to the point of madness, death, bereavement, mental illness and perhaps above all - great love.
This is a serious film about serious subjects. It should make you think hard about your own life and your own values. I heartily recommend this film to all who want more than just entertainment
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ged on 3 Sept. 2012
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This is a film with a theme. Having watched it I was surprised by the number of one star reviews, not from religious nuts objecting to the facts of evolution, but from people who seem to feel let down that this is not a documentary about Charles Darwin. I can sympathise - I was hoping for a film that would take in the excitement of discovery and/or the public furore after the publication of "On The Origin of Species". Instead I got a beautifully shot film which I interpreted as a study of what it might have been like to see with such clarity both the theory of evolution and the effect it was going to have on a society built around superstition and tradition. There is a growing realisation that his marriage to his cousin had possibly created genetic weakness in his beloved children and that the results of scientific enquiry were going to undermine the comfort of ignorance. The film tries to put us in Darwin's skin and to illustrate the impact of his ideas by first showing the impact they had on Darwin himself. Removing the comfort of a cosmic plan in which all things are the actions of an infinitely wise god to replace it with the brutal facts of survival and individual randomness must have had some effect on this man with his own personal tragedies: three dead children and one retarded. At the same time the film tries, and succeeds in my opinion, to illustrate that more solid comfort that can be found in the truth regardless of how scary it might seem. This is powerfully tackled as he and his estranged wife strengthen their relationship by honestly facing each other with the facts surrounding the death of their daughter and their feelings. This mirrors the sort of conversation society is eventually going to have to have with itself as a result of his theories.Read more ›
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