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August 19, 2010
Director: John Amiel
Running time: 106 minutes
IF YOU are in the mood for a solid
drama that touches on history and
life's deeper topics of debate, then
Director John Amiel's (Entrapment)
Creation is a film you should see.
Creation is based on the biogra-
phy Annie's Box, which was penned
by Charles Darwin's great-great-
grandson Randal Keynes and inspired
by personal letters and diaries of the
It is the story of renowned natu-
ralist Darwin (Paul Bettany) during
the period he wrote his most famous
scientific manuscript, On the Origin
After his voyage aboard HMS
Beagle, Darwin is encouraged by his
close colleagues in science to com-
plete writing his manuscript.
Haunted by the death of his
10-year-old daughter, Annie, he is torn
between faith and science and uncer-
tain as to whether he should finish the
work that would question the religious
beliefs of his beloved wife, Emma
(Jennifer Connelly), and the commu-
nity his family is part of.
This film is about Darwin's strug-
gle with finding a balance between his
revolutionary theories on evolution
and his relationship with his religious
Creation is an interesting insight
into the life of a man who was revolu-
tionary then and whose theories still
cause controversy in learning and reli-
gious institutions today.
-- ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
Where it all began
SOLID DRAMA: Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin in Creation.
Director: Nimrod Antal
Running time: 107 minutes
EVEN die-hard fans of the 1987
Schwarzenegger classic Predator
will find it hard to fault director
Nimrod Antal's (Vacancy) 2010
Some of Earth's most dangerous
mercenaries, convicts and a sword-
wielding member of the Yakuza make
up the group who are abducted and
stranded on an alien planet.
Royce (Adrien Brody), a merce-
nary, reluctantly leads the group and,
after a close encounter with a pack of
alien canine-like creatures, determines
the planet is a training and hunting
ground for an alien species.
As the group attempts to figure
out an exit strategy, they are stalked
by a number of predators who are
training to refine their hunting skills
on their most challenging adversaries
The 'human' predators encounter
a number of 'alien' predators before
they find former Navy Seal, Noland
Remake a hit
for sci-fi fans
(Laurence Fishburne), who has sur-
vived on the planet for 10 hunting
Crazed from years of solitude,
Noland betrays the group, who attempt
to hijack an alien spacecraft to escape
from the planet.
If you love '80s action flicks,
Predators is for you.
This film has captured the atmos-
phere we know and love from the
original Predator and intensified it
with even more gore, guts and impres-
sive death sequences.
The film's tribalistic sound-scape
is almost identical to the first film
and although Adrien Brody is no Mr
Universe, his character, Royce, cer-
tainly brings something different to the
Predator-vision has improved in
this film and the predators look amaz-
ing.With no obvious CGI required, the
predators were created 'old school' --
actors in monster suits that ooze green
goo and slime -- it's awesome!
We are also introduced to a supe-
rior race of predators, who dominate
and torture the inferior smaller preda-
tors on the planet.
To truly appreciate this film you
need to watch it on the big screen, but
if you are a tad squeamish, be prepared
to hide your head in your hands during
the gory scenes.
Predators is definitely one of the
best releases this year so far.
-- ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
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