Actually, I didn’t disagree with the very little that was said about science and scientists. It is very true that we really don’t KNOW much. We have ideas which explain the observations we make, but quite a few of those things are things that we really CAN’T know.
I disagree with this although “much’ is a completely relative term and may mean something very different to you than it does to me. In the interview I heard ( I think it was on the sciam podcast) he gives the impression that scientists really don’t know anything and that virtually anything we think we know could eventually turn out to be wrong. I don’t think he has any understanding about the way the scientific process works. He seems to think uncertainty in any given area means there is uncertainty in virtually all areas and that everything is open to speculation, which really isn’t true.
There are certainly science fiction movies out there with much worse science in them than this one, but the difference is that most of them don’t take themselves so seriously. This movie ( and again I haven’t seen it. I am only judging by what the director said about his own film) tries to send a message which I think is uninformed, and is coming from someone who doesn’t understand the subject. Hopefully most of this goes over the head of Joe public, but it may reinforce a feeling among a segment of the general public that scientists really don’t know anything. That’s a dangerous and misinformed message to be sending at a time when the public is electing people who have to make important decisions on a number of critical issues that hinge on what science does or doesn’t “know”. Its not a subject to be handled by a movie director who clearly doesn’t understand the material. Then again its just a movie and not much different then letting someone as clueless as Ben Stein expound on the “weaknesses” of evolutionary theory and the relative “strengths” of ID.