Why ‘Noah’ Is the Biblical Epic That Christians Deserve

Noah Movie Darren Aronofsky

REARVIEW: He who has ears to hear, let him buy a ticket to Darren Aronofsky's extraordinary movie.

Thank God (seriously) for Darren Aronofsky.

In his flawed, fascinating and altogether extraordinary “Noah,” this ever-audacious filmmaker has given us a bold and singular vision of Old Testament times — a picture that dares to handle a sacred text not with the clunky messages and stiff pieties we’ve come to expect from so much so-called “Christian cinema,” but rather with a thrilling sense of personal investment and artistic risk. Crucially, Aronofsky approaches Scripture not with a purist’s reverence but with a provocateur’s respect, teasing out the hard, soul-searching questions that the Word of God, if you take it as such (and I do), was always meant to inspire. He has made a gravely powerful, fully committed, sometimes blisteringly angry film that will fit few Christians’ preconceptions of what a biblical epic should look, sound or feel like, and believe me when I say that this is cause not for condemnation, but for honest rejoicing.

Certainly it’s safe to say that at least a few Paramount executives are popping champagne corks — or, at the very least, heaving sighs of relief — in light of the news that “Noah,” after weathering months of iffy pre-release chatter, opened this weekend to an impressive $77.6 million worldwide ($44 million Stateside), some of which was surely driven not just by widespread curiosity, but also by largely favorable reviews. It should be noted that several of those recommendations were written by critics for Christian publications — many of whom, while eloquent and enthusiastic in their praise, understandably took pains to assure their readers that they could buy a ticket to “Noah” with a clear conscience, without fearing that they were somehow sullying their God-fearing minds in the process.

As my friend Brett McCracken wrote for the Christian cultural magazine Converge: “Aronofsky may not himself be a believer, but his film respects belief and engages with it without hostility or condescension. I hope believers will engage Aronofsky’s film in the same way.” I couldn’t have put it better myself, although I’m grateful that, as someone writing for a largely secular audience, I rarely have to explain to readers why they should welcome a film that challenges rather than coddles; that generates questions rather than answers; that brings us into sympathetic identification with a deeply flawed protagonist; and that forces us to grapple with the very idea of faith and exactly what it’s good for.

All of which “Noah” accomplishes, rather remarkably. Feverish and beautiful, sometimes grandiose but always deeply felt, borderline playful yet undeniably sincere in its engagement with its source material, Aronofsky’s film is a marvelously fluid creation, and easily the class act so far among a recent spate of religious-themed movies that includes “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead” (and will continue this year with “Heaven Is for Real,” “Left Behind” and “Exodus”). The invaluable lesson of “Noah” is that a sincere and authentic film about religious faith need not be strident, heavy-handed or unimaginative; nor must it cleave to the very letter of Scripture, timidly and reverently, in order to get at its deeper truths and insights. However it fares commercially from here, and whatever culture wars are waged in its name, “Noah” feels, at this moment, like a triumph and a breakthrough — a film that brings a well-worn story to such vivid and unpredictable dramatic life that we are compelled to take its characters seriously and grapple with their dilemmas anew. It is the biblical epic that Christian audiences, whether they realize it or not, have long deserved and waited for.

In its breathtaking sweep and ambition, as well as its bottomless humanity, “Noah” makes an utter joke of all the unexamined attacks, the politically slanted dismissals and, yes, that staggeringly inane Faith Driven Consumer poll that Variety reported on back in February, which asked Christian audiences if they would feel satisfied with a movie that “replaces the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood.” There’s a major misconception in the framing of that question, and it’s the notion that Hollywood — a sprawling, financially driven, morally pluralistic entity that employs believers and nonbelievers alike — has a single monolithic agenda when it comes to moviegoers of faith. If there is a common attitude with regard to that widely misunderstood and highly coveted audience, it has generally been a tendency to woo and pander, rather than to startle and offend.

Fortunately, Aronofsky is not Hollywood, or even a stand-in for Hollywood. Given his recent tussles with Paramount over creative control of the picture, and also perhaps the apt comparisons that have been drawn between “Noah” and Martin Scorsese’s far more contentious “The Last Temptation of Christ,” Aronofsky is and perhaps always will be a consummate studio outsider — the sort of filmmaker who, even coming off an Oscar nomination and $329 million in worldwide box office for “Black Swan,” and working on a scale and budget far in excess of anything he’s done before, maintains a principled distance from the system and hews relentlessly to his own creative path.

Watching “Noah,” which makes a few concessions to epic fantasy/blockbuster conventions without sacrificing its fundamental seriousness and moral urgency, you get the feeling that Aronofsky (who wrote the script with his regular collaborator Ari Handel) read the Genesis account of Noah’s life and saw in it, perhaps, a vessel for some of the themes and obsessions that have haunted him his entire career. This is a director whose characters often know they are destined for greatness, but for whom greatness proves a terrible burden; to watch “Noah” is to recognize the tortured sensibility behind the lurching attempts at transcendence in “The Fountain,” the unnerving altered states of “Requiem for a Dream,” the brutal physical and spiritual sacrifices endured by the protagonists of “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan.” You also sense that Aronofsky realized there was a place for his anguished dramatics and trippy aesthetics in the annals of great religious artwork, and that there was no reason why the challenge of biblical interpretation should be off-limits to a filmmaker just because he happens to be a staunch environmentalist, a brilliant fantasist and, yes, a self-avowed atheist.

All of this should trouble the sort of Christian, I suppose, who imagines that the proper care of the Earth is strictly the domain of those godless liberal tree-huggers; that our readings of the Bible should never stir in us a sense of wonder or supernatural possibility; and that the only artists who could possibly extract anything of value from a religious text are those who readily subscribe to its teachings. To believe such a thing, of course, is to ignore one of the great recurring themes of Scripture, which is that God can and does use the most unlikely of individuals to glorify His name and advance His purposes, and is indeed rather fond of subverting our prejudices about who and what is good, moral and worthy of emulation.

Those prejudices are exactly what “Noah” is targeting, not least through the figure of Noah himself — who, as superbly played by Russell Crowe, subtly morphs from a dutiful servant of the Creator into a very human monster with a terrifying streak of delusional megalomania. Entrusted with mankind’s survival, Noah casts himself as mankind’s executioner; having lost all hope in humanity, he comes to believe that God has given up hope as well. Aronofsky isn’t trying to smear an unassailable Old Testament hero here: He’s simply acknowledging the universal human capacity for goodness and evil, compassion and indifference, while also suggesting how men in the grip of God-given convictions can be lured to the brink of madness and beyond. And the director takes pains to shows us how that madness comes about, in a crucial scene that peers, alongside Noah, deeply into the abyss of clawing, festering human depravity: Watching it, you almost come to understand exactly why even a magnanimous Creator might find a cataclysmic flood to be not merely the just response, but also the merciful one.

Time and again in “Noah,” you sense Aronofsky searching for that sympathetic middle ground, not least in a quietly stunning evocation of the origins of the universe that, like a similar sequence in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” generously bridges the ideological gap between creation and evolution. This is a film far more determined to stir and provoke than to offend — and, in its own way, to do what teachers and ministers the world over have done for centuries, which is to illuminate an ancient story in order to explore its applicability to the present. For those willing to watch and listen, “Noah” speaks powerfully to our morally confused times, predicated as it is on the existence of a God who can nonetheless feel painfully absent in the midst of human suffering. This is a world where miracles are readily observable and giant rock monsters walk the earth (presented with a disarming matter-of-factness entirely in keeping with the story’s prediluvian mythology), yet where the knowledge of God’s supremacy does not alleviate the often unfathomable burden of following Him — or, indeed, ensure that anyone will want to follow Him at all.

Aronofsky has proudly declared “Noah” to be “the least biblical film ever made.” To which I would humbly suggest that this brilliant filmmaker and deranged visionary may not be, in this particular instance, the most honest or reliable assessor of his own work. Aronofsky’s appreciation of Scripture can be selective and apocryphal, but it’s also wide-ranging and astute, treating the slender account of Noah’s ark as a sort of narrative prism through which the entire book of Genesis can be dramatically filtered, from Adam and Eve to Abraham and Isaac. And yet the director also has an eye for the most quietly haunting of textual details, as when he dramatizes a lesser-known but significant detail from Noah’s life, well after the flood has subsided, in which the old man falls down, drunk and naked, and his son Ham looks upon him with contempt.

It’s a piece of Scripture that has called forth no shortage of competing interpretations, and the one that Aronofsky offers up is beautifully simple and compassionate: Whether in the world that has passed away or in the one that is still to come, human beings will never find themselves beyond the need for mercy. Not least among the revelations in this “least biblical” of epics is that it’s an Old Testament story that looks forward, in a spirit of hushed and hopeful anticipation, toward the New.

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  1. I thought for a while their that I was watching Lord Of The Rings ! When Methuseseleh was 187 years old he bacame a father to Lamech after the birth of Lemech , Methuseseleh died at the age of 969 years old Gen 5:25 , Gen 5:25 ! The Angels that came to earth and and has sex with the women and their children became giants and were called Nephelum NOT ROCK PEOPLE . In the bible Noah was a honorable man and served God and God spoke to him directly because of the relationship they had built ! Noah had a black son and all his sons had wives in the bible !!! No one else was on that arch and only Noah and his family build the ache not Rock people LOL ! There is no where in the bible that states Noah went to his grandfather for advice ! Noah walked with God his faith and love and loyalty to God is what saved him and his family . Noah and his family loved God . the sons also already had wives !! They too were faithful to God or they would not have been allowed in the Arch . After all was built God told Noah to bring his family and himself into the arch and they did and God closed the door ! Now for 7 days they were in this arch waiting to see what God would do . On the seventh day God caused the rain to come down then the waters in the earth to shoot up from the ground . God was with Noah and his family he kept them safe . There is no account stating that if they had a baby girl they would have to kill it !!! . Noah new the purpose for the Arch it was to start over a new earth be fruitful and become many !!! You could have made a story one of loyalty and love of God and man . Instead you turned it in to a Lord of the ring sage type movie . The only good thing about the movie is that it got me to read my bible !

  2. John says:

    Just stop.

    This is one mans idea that you can take a timeless story that has actual meaning and turn it into a liberal tirade that somehow God has it all wrong and must listen to him. Turning Noah into a ninja and placing words in the mouth of the villain that were originally spoken by moses as good and true…that man is the master of the earth and the animals are his…is just the sort of “song of the dammed” we will keep hearing sung until the flood takes them all away. The writer hears his judgement and with a stroke of his pen seeks to edit it so he comes out looking righteous…isn’t this what is to be expected? Who consents to their own doom?

  3. JoeR says:

    A movie that is just pieces edited out of THE BIBLE mini-series is NOT what most people would call a great movie. A shame you had to drive 60 miles…most of the world saw it for free on TV..

  4. asupsychboi@yahoo.com says:

    I just saw that piece of craptacular cinematic Hobbit meets Never Ending Story meets Transformer rock people bull caca pile of steaming cow poo of a movie. Mr. Aronofsky is the director and at some point he should have said either, “No, I’m not doing this…” or he should have said, “Well, since we’ve gone this far, why not have a scene where cave men wrestle with T-Rexes and then THAT’S when the Ninja’s will come in!” The only thing biblical about this movie is that the main guys name is Noah and he built an Arc….animals came by two’s and then it rains….. Most of the rest I think was parceled together from Scientology, Benny Hinn, selected episodes of Dr. Who, and Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. SAVE YOUR MONEY!

  5. Chinzilla says:

    You’ve either seen the Noah movie, decided you’ll never see it or maybe it’ll be worth a dollar in 6 months. Either way you’ve heard plenty about it. You probably haven’t discussed it quite like this though.

  6. Jasper McMillan says:

    You can get todays so called “Holy Ghost filled born again” believers to go along with just about anything provided the rest of the herd is doing it too.

  7. Jeff Kuhl says:

    I’m a conservative, but open-minded, Bible-believing Christian. I’m also a movie lover & think Darren Aronofsky is a genius. His use of comparative symbolism (e.g. in Pi, The Fountain, & Black Swan) creates movies that are thought-provoking, visually stunning and brilliant. People screaming “foul” need to expand their knowledge and worldview; and also see his other films. Consider the original “Bible” was the Torah, and his visiting the Kabbalah, the book of Enoch & other possible sources. Understand that “Noah” is not, nor is it meant to be, a documentary. Consider the possibility of a story beyond what you’ve imagined, read, or been taught. Aronofsky respects our belief in a Creator. Consider that everyone thinks (at least I hope they do) . . . and there’s a whole, wide, world full of minds. Here’s a controversial truth: if a thought or idea can exist in our minds, can we think beyond the God that gave us the ability to do it?

  8. Penny says:

    Not the film to take your children to if you want to teach them about Noah !! Biblically and historically completely inaccurate , but gripping. However, I believe it will appeal to many and it has moments of inspiration such as the link between Creation and The Big Bang Theory which mirrors my own belief. Penny TSSF

  9. Rick_BOS says:

    Any and Every critic who says this movie is worth watching OR that the drug fueled Darren Aronofsky is a good director needs to find another line of work. Worst Movie Ever !

  10. We have seen the 3D version. Technical very good, but script/content is terrible. It is a non biblical movie, full of lies, occultism, horror, magic. It is a rape of the true real story of the Bible. We have left our review on Facebook for our Christian viewers.

  11. The way this movie treats the subject matter encompasses and transcends fundamentalist religious perspectives as well as immature, sentimental spiritualities – as does your review! Your review of Noah is beyond superlative- simply put, it’s inspired.

  12. Jason says:

    http://drbrianmattson.com/journal/2014/3/31/sympathy-for-the-devil

    It’s a Kabbalistic version, not a bible version

  13. C.H. says:

    Stupid movie… did not hold to facts of who Noah was as a person. Now to be fair, lets make a stupid movie destroying Islamic religion. Who to piss of next? Atheists?.

  14. jsm1963 says:

    Doesn’t sound like you read the article. It’s the film the christian community deserves because it’s challenging and doesn’t coddle.

    And there is a genre called “historical fiction.”

  15. JoeR says:

    Bad analogy and not even close to the reality. NOAH is NOT a documentary on history…it is crafted to be ENTERTAINMENT using a Biblical story as an inspiration, or “jumping off” point. It is NOT a tract or meant to be a Sunday school lesson

  16. James E. Williamson says:

    I found the movie to very ethnocentric as if there were no people of color. It was a Euro version of Noah with multiple biblical errors. I though I was watching a science fiction movie.

  17. Brian S says:

    In my opinion from what i have been reading here, is that most people are commenting on the movie based on their own version (interpretation) of what they read or have seen before. It may have been a different book or bible, a kids cartoon or old time classic bible movie, but here is what I do know. God has used many different people in many different ways to accomplish a certain task and this film with whatever merrit you think it has is just another tool to get people to dialog about faith. You will find people who didn’t give God a second thought now wondering if that is as it was in the time of Noah or even read the Bible to see for themselves. How much more would God smile on us we actually started reading the Bible instead of waiting for another movie to find out what happens next. My response to this movie as a Christian is to wait, wait and listen,see what God wants me to do with it, reflect and use discernment. It may just be the tool God gives me to win another follower for Him.

  18. Patty says:

    Just saw the movie, Noah. Only hollywood could make Noah out to be the bad guy. As a fellow movue goer said to me, the story of Noah and the Ark was a great story on its own merit. Very disappounting. Wait for redbox to carry the movie if you must see it. Not worth the price if a movie ticket.

  19. Logan Huggins says:

    Beautifully said and I echo your statements completely. Especially as a Christian working here in Hollywood. Oh. I can’t even express how much I agree with this article. Bravo.

  20. mk says:

    I’m a regular guy in my thirties. I’m a Christian and go to church from time to time. Here’s my take on the movie Noah. First the positives and then its issues.

    There were a few messages in the film I viewed as positive. It doesn’t question the idea of a Creator but rather simply assumes there is a God. The movie also conveyed certain positive values such as the benefit of listening to God, the portrayal of God’s nature as loving and forgiving, and family loyalty. It also does not shy away from the fact that mankind has fallen and needs saving.

    Unfortunately, there are many issues with this film that do not portray the “essence, values, and integrity” of the Biblical account. Many parts were either completely made-up or flat out opposite to what the Bible says. Here are a few examples:

    1) The movie references fallen angels who turned into rock people. Aronofsky may have gotten inspiration from the Nephilim mentioned in Genesis 6:4, but the idea that there were angels who tried to help Adam and Eve in the garden who then fell to the earth and turned into rock people is blatantly made-up and not in the Bible at all.

    2) In the Bible, Noah’s three sons all had wives, and they all brought their wives with them on the boat.  The scene where Noah lets the girl get trampled while grabbing his son is incorrect – as they all had their wives with them (Genesis 7:13).

    3) The Bible gives no account of the birth of twins from one of the girls on the boat, and Noah certainly did not try to kill anyone. This film portrays Noah as homicidal, while the Bible says he was a just man and walked with God (Genesis 6:9).

    4) The bad guy sneaking on the ship – not in Bible.

    5) The evolution scene is not Biblical. Species do adapt to their environment, but God spoke all living things into being. Nothing evolved from one thing into another (Genesis 1).

    6) Overall – the big error.  Noah’s was not charged by God to decide whether the human race would continue or not.  It was not Noah’s choice, as the movie depicts, to make that decision.  God’s reasoning behind the flood was not to eradicate humankind. He was grieved in His heart because of man’s continual evil. Noah was charged by God to save his family and the animals and re-populate the planet with humans. Noah accomplished this directive.  God desires relationship with us and ultimately sent Jesus as a way to reconcile us to Himself.

    While Aronofsky and Paramount have the right to make and release what they want, there is a huge difference between taking artistic license and completely misrepresenting the facts. Calling this movie Noah is a disservice to the general public. Many people who watch this film will leave the theater thinking the Bible says something it doesn’t at all. 

    By the way, one last area which is an issue to me is on the topic of faith.  Noah was a man of faith.  God gave him a vision, and he acted on it, trusting what God told him even though he didn’t understand the why or how.  Noah persevered.  So, in addition to the above, the movie also misses the role and importance of faith in being led by God.  Hebrews 11:7

  21. I appreciate your assessment of the film, Noah. As a believer, I think there are many positive takeaways we can glean from Aronofsky’s portrayal of the Biblical Noah. Sure, it embellishes content, deviates from the Biblical account, etc., but offers us a fresh perspective on a somewhat sparsely detailed Biblical story. In my view, the Bible making it to the big screen is a big thing! Thanks for your review. Please feel free to check out my review as well at Noah: Blasphemy or Brilliance http://wp.me/pjWoy-8H

  22. akriekos says:

    Nah it met my expectations for “Hwood bible epic” in that the cast was angloid and the setting Scandinavian.

  23. Ubobubon says:

    bravo to the author for a beautiful piece of writing. makes me want to see the film. I’m just an ordinary joe . . .

  24. Donald Fry says:

    Saw the movie. It is more Conan the Conqueror meets the Transformers than the Bible. Try to dress it up as you will, if you want insight into the mind of God and true meaning of scripture, look elsewhere.

  25. Terese Hunt says:

    That’s gotta be the longest review I’ve ever read. Very insightful. Can’t wait to see the movie!

  26. Ann says:

    Seriously??? I would never see this movie. Not only is it an insult to anyone who reads the Bible, but it is directed by a self proclaimed ATHEIST. It is also so full of leftist propaganda that any intelligent person would walk out within the first five minutes. There is NO MENTION of God (only the most central person of the Bible). And Rock people???? Where is this mentioned in the scriptures? No thanks! Don’t trust this writer who is just trying to prop up a failure.

    • jsm1963 says:

      I guess you’ve rendered your opinion about how bad the movie is. Now all you have to do is see it.

    • Vineeth says:

      Totally agee with you sister. This is the worst movie I have ever seen. I regret spending my time and money for seeing this crap.

    • JoeR says:

      Apparently YOU are one of those (like many others holding up the Bible here here) who have never read the Book. “There were giants IN the earth in those days” KJV Genesis 6:4

      • JoeR says:

        Bible says giants existed IN the earth. And what is in the earth? Dirt, rocks…so why NOT rock giants? Since the defined dimensions are not mentioned in the Bible (and since you weren’t there) its as biblically accurate as the Nephalim (which also ties in).

      • Dutch Winger says:

        Well the reason they are turned into Rocks, is explained in the movie. Think about this for a moment; they are fallen angels cursed by God, right. So, what is the opposite of light, feathery and heaven bound – something earthbound, dark, and oily, like a rock. It really makes sense if you get your mind engaged instead of looking for offense where no is intended whatsoever.

      • John says:

        I think you might want to re read what Ann posted as she referenced rock people as being biblically inaccurate not giants.

  27. “The invaluable lesson of “Noah” is that a sincere and authentic film about religious faith need not be strident, heavy-handed or unimaginative;”

    This movie WAS strident and VERY heavy-handed, especially in its take on industrialization.

    And it was sooooo unimaginative! Not only is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah not a good biblical epic (in that it is not biblical), it’s not even a good fantasy movie!

    *The dystopian/industrialized society reeks of The Lord of the Rings.
    *Which is odd because the fallen angels, oh I’m sorry, the Watchers, are basically the rock giants from the Hobbit.

    What it lacks in biblical accuracy it doesn’t even make up for in fantasy, creativity, or originality.

    • Dutch Winger says:

      Actually, you missed the whole point of the movie. This is about God’s love and mercy versus His Justice; it’s about what it means for Noah to be “Righteous”. The parts on environmentalism are not overly emphasized at all, except by the critics who seemed fixated by it. Genesis does state clearly that, “the Earth was cursed.” So, a fallen earth has as much to do with fallen man at this time, as anything else.

      Did you not hear the dialogue when Noah comes to Ila, and says I failed God and all of you, and she replies, no. That he did accomplish what God wanted and that Noah also saw the love and goodness in people and therefore did not wipe everyone out. Which is a metaphor for God choosing to start all over again with people, or otherwise why would God chose to start over still knowing our frailties and our headlong ability to enter into sin?

      • Dutch Winger, how can you say I missed the whole point of the movie when I haven’t even stated what I think the movie is about?

        I haven’t talked about the point of this movie at all.

        Instead I simply commented on this article’s comment about Noah not being strident and heavy-handed like so many christian/religious movies.

        Regardless of the point/purpose of the movie, the whole industrialization and meat eaters points were VERY heavy handed.

        Sure, it wasn’t heavy handed in theology/propaganda like many “christian” or “religious” films, but this movie suffers from the same issue.

    • Dutch Winger says:

      Well the reason they are turned into Rocks, is explained in the movie. Think about this for a moment; they are fallen angels cursed by God, right. So, what is the opposite of light, feathery and heaven bound – something earthbound, dark, and oily, like a rock. It really makes sense if you get your mind engaged instead of looking for offense where no is intended whatsoever.

  28. Mark Snyder says:

    “that God can and does use the most unlikely of individuals to glorify His name and advance His purposes”

    Does the film do this? If so, how? What is it’s message on the nature of God? Or His purpose for man? It can be an artistic triumph and fail to glorify God.

    • Dutch Winger says:

      I sure think the film does this: the message is that despite deserving God’s Justice and death; out of His Love and Mercy he decides to give us Life. Noah does not solve the question of what must we do to be righteous and in right relation to God, but raises that question. God, and the rest of the Bible point us to God’s ultimate plan for redemption in Jesus Christ.

  29. TruthSeeker says:

    Just because you are a good writer using big words, you are a joke. Elitism is overrated. We will never conform to your worldly, “human” thinking.

  30. TruthSeeker says:

    Why is the Left so opposed to the truth. This movie is garbage and to see our youth pastor praising it will cause me to pull my kids from that church. I am so sick of the Lefts ability to try and change the truth they are doing it in the news, in the schools and the movies…The TRUTH will set you free. I should not be surprised by the “Green” agenda, putting nature and animals above people. The Director of the this film is an angry Atheist. So sad to see youth pastors praising this film!!

    • jsm1963 says:

      When did this become a “left” or “right” issue? Your assumption that a person can’t be liberal, open minded and Christian is offensive.

      • Rebecca Eve Grant says:

        Jesus was a leftie! I’m a Christian and a Socialist, who cares about the environment without saying that human beings don’t deserve to live here too. You’ve obviously forgot about all the stuff he said about loving your fellow man and giving that which you don’t need to people made less fortunate by society, when you decided to be an earth-wrecking conservative.

      • JoeR says:

        Not to mention that Jesus (yes, I know Christ is not involved in the Noah tale) was the ultimate leftist/liberal. Amazing how many angry Christians know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the Bible. (and it’s why, although I am not an atheist, I avoid the company of most Christians since they “know not what they speak.”

  31. TruthSeeker says:

    .

  32. Dutch Winger says:

    Mr. Chang – I appreciate your review here, and agree with it 100%. I think there are many Christians that see this movie, and it is just so different from what they were expecting, that they can’t get their minds around the themes presented in this movie. I am with you, I love movies that raise questions and explore themes that are important to people. I found Noah’s character in this movie to be very sympathetic, human, and someone I could readily identify with in contrast to some monastic preacher. I thought the storyline of Noah deciding between Life and Death, as a metaphor to God’s choice to destroy the earth and start over, was brilliant and some of the best acting anywhere. Hard to understand why there is so much made-up venom toward this movie – it is simply awesome.

  33. Jesse says:

    This is the first and last time I’ll be on this site. What a joke. The critic uses fancy words and big boy sentence structuring, which yes makes you APPEAR smarter. You have a warped view of reality…

  34. Dave Henry says:

    This is the best review I’ve read of the film so far, and it’s so wonderful to see a proper Christian perspective on this film!

  35. FU says:

    Pagan and Gnosticism at it’s “best”… Not remotely Christian nor Biblical. Good visuals… but HORRIBLE message far removed from being the EPIC Noah.

  36. JC says:

    A review from Ken Ham and his team, regarding the accuracy of this movie:
    http://bit.ly/noah-review-ken-ham

  37. justice for all says:

    Just how much were you paid to glorify this piece of crap! This movie made millions because devoted Chrisitians were expecting chapters of their faith brought to life on the big screen. Instead they saw rock people with fairy dust in them and a near psychotic Noah eager to kill children. Not to mention a horny son looking to kill his father with a muderer. This director needs to stop insulting a faith and stick to fictional scientific delusions…..somthing he’s good at.

  38. justice for all says:

    Just how much were you paid to glorify this piece

  39. jsm1963 says:

    Where was all this anger when Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer was in theaters?

  40. Paula says:

    12 Reasons Why the Noah Movie was an Epic Failure: http://ministerfortson.com/?p=32807

  41. I for the life of me can not understand how you can say that this film is exactly what Christians needed. How? In what way? Why would we need to have a so called Christian movie made for us that in no way depicts the true story of the Bible. Noah was so far off based that it was an entirely different story. Completely made up nonsense. First off, steel weapons did not exist in the time of Noah (not for another 1000 years). Secondly, the Watchers were not real. Noah’s children were not young, and were married. Noah, in real life tried to save others from the flood, but nobody believed him. Noah was intended to restart mankind according to God rather than to just save the animals as this movie proclaimed. God was never mentioned in the movie as he was only called “the creator”. Satan was never mentioned. Noah was to eat meat from the clean animals while on the ark and after. The clean animals were brought onto the ark in pairs of 7’s. Not 2’s as this movie portrayed. Good was portrayed as evil and wouldn’t speak to Noah, which was untrue. Etc, etc, etc. Any true Christian should be appalled by this movie as it depicted lies and deceit and will lead to misunderstanding of the truth. Other than the names of the characters and the fact of a world wide flood, this movie had no shred of truth. To enjoy this movie or even to make it is blasphemy. The agenda was atheistic, liberal, politically correct, corrupting, and done so with an animal rights agenda in mind. Please open up your Bibles and read the true description and account of Noah. That’s the real story and miracle that the movie needed to tell. Not that of the New World Order.

  42. xxavierx says:

    Have you ever heard of the Epic of Gilgamesh? Well, it’s identical to the Genesis flood bedtime story… but written about 2 to 3 thousand illusory-like years before the handbook of predictive programming called the ‘Old Testament’ started its circus show.

    ‘Utnapishtim’ became the flood hero ‘Noah’ in the newer version.

    By the way friend, predictive programming is found in ditties, myths, songs, shows, art, movies, science, and religion. The subtle messages program the subconscious mind, nudging you to focus on an event, so as to increase its probability it’ll occur in the ‘future’. One who experiences the event thinks it’s a natural occurrence, instead of recognizing it to be as staged as the Ginsu Knife sales pitch.

    There’s a coastal water event that is being planned by those who are directing both mainstream and alternative media. Since most carnival patrons don’t control their attention, it’s highly likely it just might occur.

    The arc of angles assists in creating the perception of ‘things’. In essence, the ArcAngel is the ‘Arc of Angles’ (created by the mixing of the 3 energies that are subjectively interpreted as colors red green blue when they come together to make the first Hexagram).

    An Archon creates using Angles.

    The arc of archeology brings the illusory-like past and presents it as real to those in the present.

    The arch connects duality, and presents it as one. Two bull horns of bull.

    The ark is the arc of electricity that El-ectrifies, and provides what is wrongly thought of as ‘life’. All brought to you by Elhohim (the Elected Hebrew name for God).

    • Penny says:

      Noah had the 3 boys we all know of then ” went on to have more sons and daughters”. This is the same with Adam and all the Patriarchs, in the complicated family trees, the first few sons are mentioned, then just , they went on to have more.

  43. PETER says:

    John, you are crazy and in denial. Think your stupidity if you want to. Whatever. Have you ever opened a history book?

  44. David says:

    Wouldn’t it be better to describe this as a biblical movie, rather than a Christian one?

    • Walt says:

      It would be best to describe it as Christian fiction.

      I mean, aside from the biblical sketch backdrop, it is a made-up story. It is kind of like saying that Ben Hur is the story of Jesus. No, it is just a made-up story that happened to parallel those events.

      A screenwriter just made up almost everything in this movie. That makes it fiction.

      I still think, as fiction, it can raise interesting Christian principles and questions. Also I liked how the characters all felt a connection to God, even though some chose to reject Him. I enjoyed the movie as fiction.

  45. JoeR says:

    What is WRONG with some of you people??? This is NOT a documentary, okay? It is entertainment, meant to provoke discussion, and is only BASED or INSPIRED by the Genesis story Do you think that what you saw characters doing in the wretched PEARL HARBOR was true? (heck, they didn’t even show anyone smoking and it was the 1940s!!!). Did you think THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY was all true? Or DePalma’s UNTOUCHABLES???? How come nobody was crying over the omissions and changes in SODOM AND GOMORRAH??? Because they knew they were watching MOVIES and not Biblical or encyclopedic tracts. Don’t like the giant rock creatures in NOAH? “There were giants IN the Earth in those days” – Genesis 6:4 KJV (CAPS in the quotation are mine for those who don’t get it. And Earth is made up of…rocks, dirt, etc. Not saying these things existed, but a director using his imagination regarding that is fine by me.) .And I won’t even get into the Nephalim! *sigh* I truly weep for people in America. (And no, I haven’t seen the movie yet…but look forward to it. I’m only sorry that other countries get to see it in 3D but in the U.S. we can’t!)

    • John says:

      Your statement is quite misleading and in my opinion inaccurate. This movie was touted as being biblically accurate and true to the essence, values and integrity of the biblical story. The company released several disclaimers and statments that outlined their intent to be accurate. These statments are as followed. 1)”The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis. 2)It was very important to us to do two things at the same time. One was to not to do anything which contradicted the letter of the text. And the second was, wherever we could, without contradicting Genesis, we wanted to break expectations.” I’m okay with artistic license but to follow up this statement with, we believe the film is true to the essence, values and integrity of the story is completely inaccurate. The director could have taken artistic license at various times throughout out the story (as the story of Noah depicted in the bible does not go into extreme detail) and still would not have affected the integrity of the actual story. The story depicted in the movie could not be more inaccurate if the director had tried. When you get a director stating this his movie is the lest-biblical biblical movie ever created you start to wonder now these disclaimers and statements about the movie could have been released under good conscious. The statements and disclaimers by people involved in the release of this movie are completely erroneous and the movie contradict the biblical account at every turn. This deception seemed very intentional in my opinion.
      I have no issue with a directors freedom to make a movie anyway they like but when you package a project under the guise of a biblical story and biblically accurate I think to be fair to the individuals choosing to attend the movie this should be represented in the show and it clearly was not. On that note if you still feel the desire to watch this movie be aware that it is not even close to a true representation of the biblical account.

      • John says:

        The definition of integrity is, the quality of being honest and having a strong moral principles. This statement strongly indicates that they were going to stay honest to the original text.

        In my second example the co writer out right informed the potential movie watchers that they were not going to do anything that contradicted the letter of the text. (Bible) This again supports biblical accuracy.

        Unfortunately both these statements could not have been farther from the truth. The movie was completely biblically inaccurate.

      • JoeR says:

        Personally, I don’t feel saying “…that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story” is the same thing as “biblically accurate.” Obviously, the disclaimer was added by the studio just to assuage those who find ANY deviation from the letter of the text to be less creativity/exploration and more a blasphemy. This was also done with LAST TEMPTATION, THE GODFATHER, and CRUISING, to name a few. Prior to the addition, I never heard anything either in print or on-set that indicated that there would be NO re-imagining. In fact, I assumed that it would be somewhat revisionist. Did they deviate from “Mankind is to be destroyed, Noah builds an ark (something that could not even be done with today’s knowledge but was built with just his wife, kids, nephews somehow lifting the massive lumber by themselves to build a vessel more seaworthy than the Titanic. Flood washes away mankind. After the waters subside, Noah hits the booze and lies around naked, with his kids having to cover up his shame”? THAT is biblically accurate, (going by memory here, so forgive any omissions) Anything else is fair game, creatively.

  46. tempboybrandon says:

    I’m a Christian and a movie critic for my local newspaper in Oklahoma City. I really liked some aspects of the movie and really didn’t like others. Here’s my review if you’re curious:

    http://grabbagok.com/2014/04/01/noah/

  47. Mike says:

    Why whitewash it? The movie,”Noah” is inaccurate at best, a witches brew otherwise, not to mention the complete lack of regard for the Biblical account, to wit: All three son’s had wives – they weren’t kids – Noah was 600 years old! Shem didn’t have a common law relationship with an adopted sister, Methuselah was not a wizard and although he died in the year of the flood, evidence strongly suggests God delayed sending the flood in support of Hebrew mourning traditions. The evil king created by Hollywood, did not stowaway on the ark, and Noah knew from the get go he and his family were to be spared.

  48. This film should not be titled Noah(which gives the idea of the flood in the bible story)
    Only the names are from that story. This movie is about a sociopath and rock transformers,
    who build a boat. Not the story of Noah and the Ark . Not a good story :(

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