Walt Ruloff, Kevin Miller
Rocky Mountain Pictures
Those who are appalled by Michael Moore's propaganda-ish approach to filmmaking aren't likely to embrace "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," Ben Stein's more conservative yet equally biased documentary that projects itself as an intellectual discourse, and strongly anti-Darwinistic, report on the issue of intelligent design.
Being a Christian, there's no denying on which side of the inteligent design argument I find myself. That said, however, Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" doesn't speak for me and I doubt that its obvious bias, inaccurate imagery and broad statements will speak for too many persons of faith who are able to combine with intelligence.
Irresponsibly heavy-handed and at times bordering on hate speech, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" hides itself behind Stein's nice guy image and lighthearted style of speaking in drawing comparisons between virtually anything humanistic and the evil that men do.
Stein attempts to take on one of contemporary literature most noted atheists, Richard Dawkins, but the result on film has such an obvious agenda to it that it's impossible to take it seriously. Drawing a link between Darwinism and godlessness, Stein has the audacity to bring in Holocaust imagery to further drive home his point.
Shamelessly manipulative, overwhelmingly biased and inconceivably ill-constructed, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" almost begs for Razzie to add a documentary category this year.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic