Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Atheist Movie Appears to Be a Bad One

Matthew Chapman, writer and director of the atheist movie "The Ledge," is interviewed here on CNN. I had not heard of this movie, so I went to Rotten Tomatoes and read the reviews. RT's "Top Critics" give it a 0% rating.

Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times calls it "a film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay."

Steven Holden of the New York Times writes: "What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes." The CNN interview confirms this. Just watch the selected clips from the movie and be very bored.

Kyle Smith of the New York Post: "Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss."

And so on...

Does the horror of this banal production mean that atheism fails? Of course not. It does mean, however, that one particular atheist failed at making a good movie.