Charles Darwin is remembered as the father of the theory of evolution. But this dramatization of his life looks at the naturalist (played by Paul Bettany) as a father who has lost a child (Martha West), and a husband who is in danger of losing his wife (Jennifer Connelly) as he formulates his controversial manuscript, The Origin of Species.
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Charles’s office and workspace are filled with bottles of fetuses and other specimens. Animals are killed and cooked to reveal their bone structures. A bird has its neck snapped. Depictions of decaying animals are shown, along with creatures being killed and eaten by others. Indigenous children are bought from their parents and taken to England to be "civilized". Adults on the island are shown wearing only loincloths and very little other clothing. Rear buttock nudity of children and adult males is seen in non-sexual contexts. Characters are subjected to a variety of medical procedures including the ingestion of mercury and water cures (which, among other things, involved dousing the patient with gallons of cold water). A naked boy dying of smallpox is seen along with the portrayal of another child’s death. A character uses laudanum on several occasions to relieve pain. Tensions are portrayed between a married couple as well as parents and children.
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Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Jones, who portray Charles’ supporters in this film, also star together in another period piece, Amazing Grace, where they find themselves on opposite sides of the debate over England’s involvement in the slave trade. Something the Lord Made recounts medical breakthroughs made in the area of cardiac surgery during the 1940s.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Release Date: June 29, 2010.
Creation releases on DVD and Blu-ray with the following extras:
- Audio commentary by director John Amiel
- The Battle For Charles Darwin: behind-the-scenes documentary
- 11 featurettes delving into the life and theories of Charles Darwin
- Featurette: Pollard on Film- Creation