Ben Stein’s “Expelled”

I saw Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed tonight and thought it was brilliant. It considered a topic that almost painfully needed some attention and Ben Stein gave it to it, even if everyone else continued to ignore it.

There are two online movie sites, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, that I generally peruse to see what’s coming out and how movies are being reviewed. Before going to see Expelled I couldn’t find the film on the “Now Playing” feature on IMDB and it was similarly absent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Just a quick FYI: Expelled opened across America on over 1100 screens which is very close to the most ever for a documentary if it isn’t actually the record. Michael Moore’s pieces of crap open on less than 500 screens nationwide and get huge write-ups despite being filled with blatant inaccuracies and misrepresented information.

I’m struggling to remember a film with this widespread of an opening that was so soundly ignored by the top two movie review websites. And the fact that this is an issue just further proves Stein’s point.

While it’s quite evident throughout the film that Ben Stein is a staunch supporter of Intelligent Design, he isn’t arguing or contending with other views, but rather asking others that believe differently than him to explain why they believe what they do. And more often than not, they cannot. I’ll admit that my stance mirrors Stein’s in this case. I cannot believe that humans “evolved” from proteins attaching themselves to crystals, being struck by lightning and forming multi-celled organisms. Doesn’t make much sense to me and is Intelligent Design really that much more farfetched than the primordial ooze theory supported by “scientists?”

The most profound moments of the movie come at the end as Stein stands alone in a Holocaust museum with his thoughts narrated over the music.

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For far too long now, academia has force fed students theories about a big bang, or lightning hitting that aforementioned primordial ooze. But people are starting to become more appropriately, intelligent. We know that when science leaves behind repeatable and observable natural happenings and begins to rely on pure speculation and “prior philosophic postulation” to explain the origin of life, we’ve delved into the realm of what’s known as faith.

Actual physical, tangible evidence for evolution remains all but nonexistent and any that there is is suspect at best. So all that leaves to explain what took place four hundred million years ago is utterly unprovable speculation.

The stubbornness of evolutionists is compared to the Berlin Wall. The cost of fascism has always been, and always will be the loss of freedom. Expelled touches on this by comparing the constant ignoring of Intelligent Design to incarcerating intelligence rather than encouraging it.

One of my favorite parts of the film is Stein’s one-on-one interview with noted atheist Richard Dawkins. He was visually perturbed and at a loss for words. And this is a man who has probably never experienced either of those before his run-in with Stein. Dawkins even pulled a near-admission from Dawkins that some intelligent designer created everything, but that designer would have first evolved from that whole protein-crystal-lightning-ooze-bullshit thing. I’ve always been rather intrigued by Dawkins because of his unwavering confidence in what he believes, which, while I disagree with, I also respect.

I don’t rate films with numbers or stars mainly because I don’t think that what I think of a movie will necessarily be matched by anyone else. But I will say that Ben Stein’s Expelled is a definite must-see, regardless of your personal beliefs. Stein raises some very important questions that needed to be addressed in the worst way. Stein addressed them in the best way.

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Posted on May 6, 2008, in Religion, TV & Movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I liked how Stein addressed the intolerance of Intelligent Design. As a biological sciences major, I don’t buy into the whole concept, but I can’t support the field so roundly discriminating against those who do.

    It’s a perfectly legitimate theory, just as much so as the “protein-crystal-lightning-ooze-bullshit” theory that you so eloquently labeled.

  2. The problem with this movies’ critics are that they are all liberal. And liberals only ever see one side of a problem. It’s not conceivable to them that there may be alternate information. I read this quote from one review:

    “We liberals would very much discourage people from watching this film if they are at all interested in facts and evidence”

    What the hell? What “facts & evidence” does anyone have of ANY theories of the origins of life? No one on this earth will ever know about how life actually came to be and there won’t be any facts to support anything one way or the other.

  3. Nichole Blake

    Some people are claiming that this documentary is one-sided. I don’t agree.

    Stein collects some of the nation’s largest advocates of evolution and lets them tell everyone what they think. The public really only knows these ‘experts” by their carefully edited 10-second clips. Stein actually engages these people in conversation, causing them to become confused, sputtering ranters who try and regain their poise by resorting to bashing religion over and over.

  4. Nichole Blake

    I agree with other comments and defenders of the movie.

    It’s not a movie supporting Intelligent Design so much as it’s a movie questioning why Intelligent Design is such a damned subject in science.

  5. Told ya’!

  6. I saw it too and liked it. Ignorance is the truth’s worst enemy.

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