Darwin's Dilemma examines what many consider to be the most powerful refutation of Darwinian evolution - the Cambrian fossil record.
Charles Darwin realized that the fossil evidence did not support his theory of gradual, step-by-step evolutionary development. He hoped that future generations of scientists would make the discoveries necessary to validate his ideas.
Today, after more than 150 years of exploration fossil evidence of slow, incremental biological change has yet to be excavated. Instead, we find a picture of the rapid appearance of fully developed, complex organisms during the outset of the Cambrian geological era. Organisms that embody the major animal body plans that exist today. This remarkable explosion of life is truly Darwin's Dilemma and is best explained by the existence of a transcendent intelligence.
"Wow, wow, wow! This is awesome. How can Darwin hold up his head after this? I mean, any fair-minded referee would call "Game over" by the time that Dawkins quote comes on-screen, saying, "Without gradualism, we are back to a miracle." But that's when the grand finale is just getting warmed up. It's like, "you ain't seen nothin' yet!" More arguments for design keep coming, one after the other, at a quickening tempo, like a dozen linebackers piling on a pipsqueak, till there is just no room left for him to breathe. Like Sternberg says, "by this time, you've left the improbability of a cell by chance way, way back in the dust" and yet the argument keeps growing."
(D. C. - CA)
"Darwin's Dilemma completes a trilogy of powerful documentaries, Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet that Illustra Media has produced to establish the superiority of intelligent design over Darwinism. In many respects it is the capstone. It pulls together arguments from the other films, adds new ones, and climaxes with a resounding victory for design, while Darwin is left whimpering in the darkness, mumbling, "I have no satisfactory answer.""
(R. W. - CA)
"Darwin's Dilemma showcases the incredible talent at Illustra Media. A thought-provoking argument, powerful music, lifelike animation, excellent photography, compelling interviews, insightful editing, and remarkable pacing and flow… it is so good, calling it first class would be demeaning."
(K. R. - MN)