Affleck did a fine job of setting up the suspense (although the suspension of disbelief starts to waver towards the end), if at the expense of some historical accuracy. Lora Kennedy, however, did a superb job on the casting. It was like, "Hey, let's get a whole bunch of awesome actors. Bryan Cranston is awesome. Who doesn't love John Goodman? Hey, Carnivale was an awesome show, let's get a couple actresses from that. While we're at it, Smokey from Lost, and how about that funny guy from Spin City?"
"How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, 'This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed'? Instead they say, 'No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.'" - Carl Sagan
"To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection." - Henri Poincaré