DVD: Creation (PG)

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Darwin was everywhere last year, with the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, but Jon Amiel's biopic offers little cause for celebration.

Darwin, distraught after the death of his daughter, dithers about whether or not to write his God-busting book. While Paul Bettany deals well with Darwin's loss of faith, Jennifer Connelly has an impossible task as his extremely chilly and devout wife Emma, a poorly written and entirely unsympathetic character. The science vs religion stuff is as subtle as being hit hard over the head with a dinosaur fossil. Good performances from Bettany and an orang-utan called Jenny (embarrassingly upstaging the rest of the cast) go some way to save Creation, but it feels a tame effort.