I finally saw this movie last night with a group of friends I invited over to the house. To get right to the bottom line, I thought it was very good and would highly recommend it. The movie is not about explaining intelligent design, but about pointing out the persecution of those who think intelligent design may be a scientific hypothesis worth pursuing. If you want a good explanation of the ideas of ID, this is not the movie for you.
The movie highlights several cases of people losing their jobs, losing tenure, and/or having their research shut down at major universities and institutions, including the Smithsonian. I was already familiar with all of these cases because I follow the ID movement, but the folks who came to my house were all shocked and surprised at the level of persecution. None of them were familiar with the controversy and it frankly fired them up.
I don’t think this movie will change any minds in the anti-ID camp, but I do think that folks who have never thought about this controversy will be impacted by the movie. The producers and Ben Stein made a potentially dry subject quite entertaining. It’s definitely not a boring documentary.
I’m interested to hear what others thought of the movie, so leave some comments if you’ve seen it, but only if you’ve seen it.