Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Film: Genesis Code

Charley Honey of the Grand Rapids Press has a column out about a new film called The Genesis Code, by Jerry Zandstra, which examines the battleground of faith and science. He writes:
Zandstra took a course from [Howard] Van Till at Calvin, where he said his literal creationist views were “blown up.” In time, he came to appreciate science’s contributions to understanding a God-created world.

He stayed curious about that while serving as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and as former director for the conservative Acton Institute. His unlikely path toward moviemaking started at an Acton lecture a few years back. A Hollywood financier in the audience approached him about a new project and later connected him with producer-director Michael Leighton. Zandstra was skeptical.

“I said, ‘In my mind, you guys all live in one giant hot tub. Every six months, you crawl out of your primordial slime and make a movie I don’t want my kids to see,’” recalled Zandstra, who has three children.
As Zandstra comments, though, it looks like most Christian films were made "in someone's back yard." Having seen enough of those, I can understand his trepidation. But Honey continues:
Not so “The Genesis Code,” which features slick production and big names, including Ernest Borgnine, Fred Thompson and Louise Fletcher, who played Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Lesser-known actors Kelsey Sanders and Logan Bartholomew play, respectively, the Christian college-student journalist Kerry writing about skeptical star hockey player Blake.
This, then would be the other bookend to Creation, the film about Darwin from last year. I hope that it is well-handled.

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