If you dig science and if you don’t dig deniers of scientific consensus who instead point to fictional stories that are centuries or millennia old as their evidence, then this film might be right up your alley. Following esteemed evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, The Unbelievers tells the story of these two as they travel “across the globe … speak[ing] publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world – encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.”
While the film has a clear agenda, it will certainly be entertaining. The filmmakers have peppered their documentary with interviews from the likes of the real god-on-earth Werner Herzog, as well as Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Stephen Hawking, Sarah Silverman, Sam Harris, and even Cormac McCarthy, who share their views on the conflicts between the scientific and religious worlds.
This probably won’t be the type of documentary that will change anybody’s mind – and that’s all right. If anything, if you’ve always found yourself in agreement with these folks, it might simply help you flesh out your own explanations and arguments. Either way, with the personalities involved, it should be an enjoyable, fun, and maybe slightly infuriating film.
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