It is difficult to discuss this film as it is hard to decide whether to rate it as a parable, a philosophical debate, or a movie. It is all of these. It succeeds less as a film than it does as the other two, unless you consider those its sole mission and forget the characters. It is an angering film, no question. It is full of seriously flawed individuals, all who are true believers in one way or another. The message of the movie is a indictment of fundamentalism in all its guises (religous, political, secular) and organized religion in specific. It purports to document the beginning of the dark ages, and it may well be. But it is framed in such a way as to diminish the story by always putting humanity it its place among the cosmos. The recreation of Alexandria and the library is amazing–I only wish that it had been a blu-ray release so we could appreciate that aspect even more. But the film is a teeth gnashing journey of events and actions that are scarily relevant and frustrating. I am unwilling to shoot the messenger on this one as I think it succeeded in what it wanted to do, but Eve hated it. Not light fare. Not a fun film. But it will get you thinking and maybe even spur you to action.