Film Review: ‘Noah’

Noah

Man builds ark, survives flood, then wonders what it was all for in Darren Aronofsky's long-awaited, hotly debated biblical epic.

Having made movies about obsessive characters looking for God — or something like Him — in the numerology of the Kabbalah (“Pi”), at the end of a heroin needle (“Requiem for a Dream”), and in the outer reaches of the galaxy (“The Fountain”), surely it was only a matter of time before Darren Aronofsky got to making one about a man with a direct line to the Creator. And so we have “Noah,” in which the world’s most famous shipwright becomes neither the Marvel-sized savior suggested by the posters nor the “environmentalist wacko” prophesied by some test-screening Cassandras, but rather a humble servant driven to the edge of madness in his effort to do the Lord’s bidding. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but by no means sacrilegious, Aronofsky’s uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale will surely polarize critics and audiences while riding a high sea of curiosity to strong initial worldwide B.O. Only time — and word of mouth — will tell if it can stay the course for anywhere near 40 days and nights (and top “Black Swan'”s $329 million global cume).

Whatever comes of “Noah” (which opens this weekend in several foreign markets, including Mexico, a week ahead of its March 28 domestic launch), the film certainly ranks alongside “The Great Gatsby” and “Gravity” as one of the riskiest director-driven passion projects to be gambled on by today’s ever more cautious major studios. And if Aronofsky’s $130 million, 137-minute movie ultimately feels compromised at all, it’s less by studio interference than by its director’s own desire to make a metaphysical head movie that is also an accessible action blockbuster (where “The Fountain” tilted heavily toward the former). “Noah” does not always sit easily astride those competing impulses, but it is never less than fascinating — and sometimes dazzling — in its ambitions. Once upon a time, the famously austere French director Robert Bresson was enlisted by Dino De Laurentiis to film the Noah story for his planned “The Bible … In the Beginning,” only to be fired when he told the producer he didn’t intend to film any of the animals, just their tracks upon the sand. And there may be no better description of Aronofsky’s film than to say that it has one foot in the world of Bresson and the other in that of Jerry Bruckheimer.

For starters, “Noah” doesn’t look like any biblical epic we’ve ever seen before, with the verdant hillsides and ashen volcanic flatlands of Iceland standing in for the deserts of the Middle East, photographed with rugged grandeur by Aronofsky’s longtime d.p. Matthew Libatique. Likewise, the costumes (by “American Hustle” Oscar nominee Michael Wilkinson) eschew robes and sandals in favor of heartier attire that might best be described as proto-army surplus. As for the supposed “liberties” Aronofsky and co-screenwriter Ari Handel have taken with their sacrosanct source, they aren’t boldfaced transgressions so much as interpretations, additions and embellishments designed to flesh out the spare Noah narrative to feature length. This includes making the characters far younger than those described in the Good Book — which, if followed to the letter, would have yielded an antediluvian “Amour” (another movie, one should note, with a role for a symbolical white dove).

Aronofksy’s Noah (superbly played by Russell Crowe) doesn’t hear God’s voice booming down from the heavens like in Bill Cosby’s celebrated standup routine, or sit on the stoop shooting the breeze with the Creator like Steve Carell in “Evan Almighty.” Rather, the looming flood and the mission of the ark come to him in the course of two vividly rendered hallucinogenic dreams — one natural, the other induced by some special “tea” served up by Noah’s grandpa, Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins, leaving no bit of scenery unchewed). And because the story lacks a natural antagonist, the film corrals one from elsewhere in Genesis in the form of Tubal-cain (played as a youth by Finn Wittrock), a descendant of the Abel-slaying Cain first seen in a brief prologue delivering a fatal blow to Noah’s father, Lamech (Marton Csokas) — a scene that, like much of “Noah,” feels straight out of a 1940s frontier western. Later, as a full-blown supervillain (Ray Winstone) hip to Noah’s survivalist scheme, Tubal-cain and his rogue army vow to hitch a ride on the ark or else die trying. (This leads to a large-scale battle sequence which, while impressively staged, is easily the film’s most conventional passage — an extended outtake from Middle-earth.)

Here is where you feel Aronofsky and Handel laboring intensely, with only partial success, to turn what has traditionally been something of a one-man show into more of an ensemble affair. Where Noah is the model locavore, who takes from the land only as much as he needs and strives to be at one with his surroundings (but who, being Russell Crowe, can also kick serious butt when need be), Tubal-cain personifies the debauched, resource-plundering wastrels God seeks to smite from the universe. And though Winstone plays the part with sinister flair, the character never becomes much more than a stock bad guy, on hand to pop up like a jack-in-the-box at the least convenient moments, and to try wooing Noah’s petulant, Skywalker-ish son, Ham (Logan Lerman), over to the dark side. Ham, meanwhile, may be patient zero for middle-child syndrome, spending most of the movie sulking about wondering when he’s going to become a man, and staring dolefully at the beautiful Ila (Emma Watson), an orphan girl who was adopted as a child by Noah and his wife, Naameh (a solid but underused Jennifer Connelly), and who becomes betrothed to their eldest son, Shem (Douglas Booth). Even Ila gets her own inner conflict in the form of a barren womb that makes her feel like an unworthy bride — especially, you know, given the pressure of repopulating the earth.

But if the interpersonal dramas don’t quite fully engage, as spectacle “Noah” rarely disappoints, commencing with the building of the ark itself. Designed by production designer Mark Friedberg (and built, to the actual dimensions specified by the Bible, on a New York soundstage), it is an awesome thing — not the traditional sailing vessel of many an artist’s interpretation, but rather an enormous wooden warehouse that makes the Maersk Alabama look like a lifeboat. In its construction, Noah is lent several (huge) helping hands by the Watchers (the film’s version of the biblical Nephilim), fallen angels exiled to earth for their loyalty to mankind and imprisoned inside towering granite bodies that they lug about like walking mountains. Intricately designed and voiced by the likes of Frank Langella, Nick Nolte and regular Aronofsky featured player Mark Margolis, these weary witnesses to all the wonders and horrors of creation are skeptical at first of Noah’s intentions, but eventually rally to his aid, and they become the most special (and emotionally resonant) of the movie’s many elaborate special effects.

The arrival of the animals, which appear to self-organize by phylum, is a similarly marvelous sight (even if the creatures retain a conspicuous CGI appearance). Then comes the Frankenstorm, in which the waters of the earth quite literally rise up to meet those of the heavens — a suitably Dramamine-worthy sequence, expertly rendered by Aronofsky and all his technicians. Not soon to be forgotten: the image of humanity’s last dregs clambering for a foothold on a lone rocky outcropping as it, too, is finally swallowed by the sea.

Yet it is only after the tide has ebbed and a new day has dawned that “Noah” seems to come to its real place of purpose. Taking inspiration from a line in Genesis about Noah’s post-flood descent into drunkenness, Aronofsky and Handel imagine an exhausted hero who can’t understand why, if all mankind was meant to perish, he and his family should be saved. And since that telephone to the heavens only receives calls, Noah has no one to ask. Crowe is incredibly good in these scenes — you feel his torment as if it were a fire burning him from the inside out — culminating in a terrifying moment of near-infanticide that, intentionally or not, recalls James Mason’s explosive lament from Nicholas Ray’s “Bigger Than Life”: “God was wrong!”

The purists will blanche — injections of existential angst and self-doubt into Scripture are always guaranteed to rankle (as “The Last Temptation of Christ” proved). But it’s here that one feels fully why Aronofsky wanted to make this movie in the first place, as Noah’s own age of anxiety seems to echo directly into our own. The movie leaves us with a crystalline image of a man who feels most adrift when he is finally standing on dry land — and who, regardless of what faith one subscribes to, cannot relate to that?

For all its visual flourishes, “Noah” offers an equally dynamic sonic experience, with immersive, multilayered effects designed to take full advantage of the new Dolby Atmos sound system, and a richly orchestrated score by regular Aronofsky music man Clint Mansell that alternates thunderous percussive beats with New Age-y twangs and hums.

Film Review: 'Noah'

Reviewed at Paramount screening room, New York, March 10, 2014. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 137 MIN. 

Production

A Paramount release presented with Regency Enterprises of a Protozoa Pictures production. Produced by Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky, Mary Parent, Arnon Milchan. Executive producers, Ari Handel, Chris Brigham. Co-producers, Amy Herman, Cale Boyter.

Crew

Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Screenplay, Aronofsky, Ari Handel. Camera (color, 35mm), Matthew Libatique; editor, Andrew Weisblum; music, Clint Mansell; production designer, Mark Friedberg; supervising art director, Dan Webster; set decorator, Debra Schutt; costume designer, Michael Wilkinson; sound (Datasat/Dolby Atmos), Ken Ishii; supervising sound editor, Craig Henighan; re-recording mixers, Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan; visual effects supervisor, Ben Snow; visual effects producer, Andrew Fowler; visual effects and animation, Industrial Light & Magic; visual effects, Look Effects, Inc., Technicolor, Mr. X Gotham; special effects supervisor, Burt Dalton; makeup effects and creature design, Adrien Morot; stunt coordinators, George Aguilar, Douglas Crosby; assistant director, Richard Graves; second unit director, George Aguilar; second unit camera, Lukasz Jogalla; casting, Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham.

With

Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte, Mark Margolis, Kevin Durand, Leo McHugh Carroll, Marton Csokas, Finn Wittrock, Madison Davenport, Gavin Casalegno, Nolan Gross, Skylar Burke, Dakota Goyo, Frank Langella.

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  1. this is an incredible stories********and it has change my life forever *thanks for this moviw!i luvvvvvvvvv it!!!!!

  2. hayden says:

    The true story of Noah is from his boyhood days!!!

    Find it and get the knowledge that’s needed!!

  3. Dragi Palandacic says:

    So stupid, so vacuous, so meaningless that I cannot think of one reason why anyone would watch this kind of tripe and please, please make better use of your time by avoiding this mess.

  4. Typical Hollywood big budget spectacle without any substance or authenticity. As a devout Catholic this film turned me off completely.

  5. ML says:

    HORRIBLE!!!!

  6. nelson says:

    absolute misleading garbage !!! Paramount wanted to capitalize on the name Noah and great CGI !!! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount was trying to attract faith based Hispanics for the movie Noah !! They failed !! Both the studio and the director had complete disdain even contempt for the
    true Noah in the book of Genesis !!! As of now, both faith based Hispanics and the larger audience at large are flooding to see, no pun intended !! Captain America !!!

  7. SM says:

    You probably had something good to say but your posting is incomprehensible and I want my five minutes back for your anticlimactic rambling.

  8. Daniel Francis says:

    The director has abused the artist right to add/delete/modify. He lies and uglifies the original by his mindless additions.

  9. Darren Aronofsky is known for pushing the envelope to the fullest degree when it comes to his movie making. His version of “Noah” is no different. He pushes the envelope of inaccuracy, of unfactual/erroneous information, of phonylooking CGI special effects, of really cheesey attempts to actually brand Noah as a freaking lunatic, and the ultimate envelope of suggesting that the “Fallen Angels” (Rock Monsters) were actually on our side and just as “hopelessly victimized and abandoned by God as we were” — Of course, I’m being patronizingly facetious, but why not.?
    Is Darren an atheist? I guess, it’s irrelevant to some people, but it kinda makes me wonder if this director is perhaps lauching his own Propaganda – induced campaign to plant God-hating ideas in moviegoers minds. I hope most people are smart enough to realize that this film is not based on truth, biblical or historical occurrences. Maybe Darren and the screenwriters got intoxicated, or stoned, or just decided they wanted to mock the Bible and the God/Man relationship in general. From the very beginning of the movie, ie the written notices, it was easy to see that the creators of this film were not, in the least bit, going after truth or moral concepts to positively encourage intellectual conversations. If he had stuck more closely atleast to historical documented info, Aronofsky probably would have been much more successful in this endeavor. Yeah, yeah, yeah…regarding “Black Swan” but this here is NOAH. It truly fell short in a major way.

  10. Jim Robinson says:

    Just a bad movie. No religious objections, knew was going to a different kind of story….the rock men looked like they could have come from Galaxy Quest (actually that was a much more entertaining movie) and the digital effects reminded me more of the early ’60s Jason and the Argonauts claymation or whatever they used back then.
    Poor story, tedious to sit through but did hoping it would get better. It didn’t. My biggest regret is that I shelled out way too much money watching it in IMAX. Entertaining it was not. Variety, I question the taste of your reviewer. Will not rely on it anymore.

    • John S. says:

      What you refer to as “claymation or whatever” is technically called “stop-motion animation” and doesn’t involve “clay.” “Jason and the Argonauts” was animated by the brilliant Ray Harryhausen. The fact that you don’t know any of that, or didn’t bother to look it up, prevents your opinion from having any credibility whatsoever.

  11. Vanessa says:

    We are too critical for our own good nowadays. It seems like we can’t enjoy a movie anymore or allow people to entertain us. We have to criticize and be nit picky. I’ve noticed that every movie that comes out and this accounts for every film, no one is ever satisfied with anything at all. It doesn’t matter how good or technically poor the movie was, we decide to look at the negative light and that surely sucks the fun out of anything. I do not see anyone taking a camera and filming a “better” movie than the ones we tarnish. If it’s a bad movie? Why not laugh at it and enjoy the silly time we scheduled to see it, rather than grouse?

    No one is ever satisfied. Films are fanatical; they’re never going to be spot on the nose. We’re too darn spoiled to know better.

  12. Jim says:

    Most disappointing movie I have seen in years. My wife wanted to walk out after the first 15 minutes, but I wanted to see if it got better. It didn’t. I hope this movie will sink in a flood of red ink.

  13. valhalla says:

    You guys do know that this was based on a graphic novel and not the bible right? I don’t know why you folks are tripping off of this but this guy is not religious, nor is this movie being pushed as religious. I don’t want to see this because there is too much CGI in it and it looks like crap.

  14. Frank says:

    Just endured this box office soon to be flop. People walking out. No one knew what the hell this flick was all about. Rocks standing up and building the ark, and who the hell is “Seth” as in Cane, Able, and seth. Is this like “Moe, Larry, and Curley” It took all I could do to not walk out myself but I kept thinking it would improve. No such luck.

  15. ITTTY IT says:

    Routine, same-same, F/X saturated, disco beat edited,
    ‘on board’ Hollywood franchise slum predictive programming
    for the globalist MAFIA’s exterminist agendas.

  16. P Ardvark says:

    Any similarity between the movie Noah and the Noah of the Bible is purely coincidental. Why would you associate Noah, the movie, with Noah of the Bible when the movie has no bearing to the real story? Don’t waste your money!

  17. D.S. says:

    Every time Hollywood touches anything about the Bible, it seems Christians get mad that “Hollywood got it wrong again!!!”

    Like we should expect Hollywood to get the story right about a set of beliefs they don’t want to even know about in truth!

    One of the biggest horrors of the modern-day “Christian” church is that many even in the PULPIT have a hard time accepting the Bible as 100% true. I mean, why follow a religion and deny its main tenants?!?
    Why does anyone expect a person trying to make a profit to stick to just facts about this story? I havent read that the director is a practicing Chistian or Jew. I don’t expect anything but a fantasy. and of course another attack at, from what Ive studied, the One True Way.
    Before the hate-emails & calls of “arrogant intolerant” whatever start up, if your still reading this, can you admit that MAYBE you don’t know ALL there is to know in the universe! I know I don’t know it all. None of us do. Strange how were supposed to be supportive & tolerant of ALL, no matter what. EXCEPT if your a Christian. Then its open season, the world feels free to degrade, look down at, judge as crazy,or worse, ANYONE who calls themselves a follower of Christ.

    btw….
    here’s a quote from the article above—
    .”Noah is lent several (huge) helping hands by the Watchers (the film’s version of the biblical Nephilim), fallen angels exiled to earth for their loyalty to mankind and imprisoned inside towering granite bodies that they lug about like walking mountains.”

    HERES the Truth- The Nephilim are hybrid fallen angel/humans who happen to be giants. they ARE NOT exiled for some loyalty.
    the dads are fallen angels chained up in “Tartarus” because they broke the rules & screwed human females.
    — The offspring of these fallen angels/human women are called Nephilim. they happen to be HUGE. They’re hybrids. Unnatural and an abomination.
    — these hybrids spread out over the earth & demanded to be worshipped like gods. That’s why there are strange cave carvings, monuments, ancient statues all over the earth to “different” beings. like the long headed people in ancient Egypt, human sacrifices in central & south America 100’s of years ago. human
    — these things showed up in ancient history all over the world.
    but nowdays that kinda story sounds like science-fiction. we chug our mocha-lattés & act like its all about us. big changes comin up

  18. FrankNCents says:

    Why does Noah scream with a ponderous British accent? Silly.

    • Noah says:

      Hate to tell you but not one person complained when the Ten Comandments or any from those era’s were made. They were made with actual respect. I wouldn’t comment and then speak for the reliegious demographic as if you actually know what goes on in their minds.

  19. peterblood71 says:

    The trailers show the digital effects as looking just like digital effects which are getting boring as hell to look at. It’s like admiring a pile of saran-wrapped plastic. Movies and great cable shows are about great character interplay, story, plot and all the things that AREN’T visual effects. I never thought the day would come when VFX would contribute so little and detract so much.

  20. leeeence says:

    what a tedious and unnecessarily long review. and to what end?

  21. shirleydaughteroftheking says:

    Russell Crowe (ET online.com) said;
    “The funny thing with people, ya know, they consider Noah to be a benevolent figure-you know-because he looked after the Animals.
    “Awe, Noah, Noah and the animals.”
    I’m like, “Are you kidding me! This is the dude that stood by and watched the entire population of the planet…perish. He’s not benevolent, he’s not even nice.”
    At one point in the story, his son says “I thought you were chosen because you were good?” and he goes “I was chosen because I can get the job done”.
    So I think people are going to-…judging where peoples questions come from-… I think their gonna be quite surprised what Noah actually really means – What it means to really be in that position.”

    Would you let someone make a movie portraying your mother as a drunk and a whore? A then on top of that, pay to go and see it?

    According to Answers In Genesis, who has reviewed the pre-screened movie;
    1.Methuselah is portrayed as a witch doctor.
    2.Noah is like a crazy man, more like worshiping the animals, saying the animals are innocent and only they may reproduce after to flood.
    3.Only one of Noah’s son’s wives get on the Ark.(which suggest that only one man and woman repopulated the earth after the flood.)
    4.Tubalcain hides on the Ark.
    5.Noah desires to kill all females who may repopulate the earth.

    Yet the Bible tells us that Noah was a Preacher of Righteousness for 120 years. He warned the people of the impending danger to come. They didn’t have to miss the Boat. But like today, they rejected God. The story of Noah is a story of Salvation, and still today there is a boat, Jesus Christ. Isaiah 55:6-13.

    I have been reading reviews and I came across this on imdb.com and this is their goal;

    “I … found very difficult to sympathize with Russell Crowe’s character. Especially when my 7 year old daughter whispered “Noah is a very mean man! Why does he want to kill the baby girls? Is he crazy dad?”

    They are deliberately trying to push their propaganda on the masses and take our money at the same time.

    It’s like Hitler behind the cammera, wrecking truth and pouring out lies.

    The Bible tells us that the End of Times would be like the days of Noah before the flood. IT gives us signs of the coming judgment of God. Do you know what those signs are?
    see NoahTheMovie.com / ray comfort for answers.

  22. Larry Molmud says:

    “…strong initial worldwide B.O.” Sounds stinky.

  23. Chris Barry says:

    Darren Aronofsky didn’t make Life of Pi…..

  24. Patty Shenker says:

    I applaud Mr. Aronofsky & the other producers for using ONLY CGI animals & will not only see this film because of that but encourage others to do so too. Their using CGI animals, instead of real animals who would have had to endure unimaginable cruelty & unnatural circumstances, already makes them a true Noah- as they have saved them from the suffering associated with using them in entertainment and they have also modeled what films should be doing now- giving up the captivity, the chains, the cages, the withholding of food & water, the beatings & electrical shocks- to show how things should be done in this, the 21st Century. The Hollywood Post writes- “Among other criticisms are the implications that evolution and creation might be mutually inclusive and that man and beast are equal in the eyes of the Creator. Noah and his family are vegetarian and demonstrate respect for the Earth’s fragile balance.” Wow! What a concept! The truth is that animal agriculture is a major cause of climate change & thus, floods, hurricanes, extreme weather, water & grain scarcity & human starvation. This film is a story of biblical mythology but it, more importantly, is a message to us in this time and place.

    • Lunacy says:

      I also think it’s great they went with CGI animals Patty. The entertainment industry REALLY needs to stop supporting the people who kill and take animals from their natural habitats just so they can make a buck.

      The film sounds terrific and I’ll be there on opening weekend.

  25. Ray Cdr says:

    This movie is almost sacrilegious to even watch!

    Hollywood, doesn’t it get it!
    We Christian folk, are far more numerous then the lefty ilk, they try to target to!

    Also, we tend to be far more loyal to a product then their lefty ilk!

    If they truly saw that and let this movie be,
    they’d make themselves a boat load of money in the process.

    But like all lefty’s, they’re not to bright!

    Look at the Mel Gibson movies, BLOCK BUSTER HITS, were they not?!
    And his “Passion of the Christ” was produced with far less money!

    I might also add, his movie was as close to the Gospel’s as you could get.
    He didn’t add this PC-lefty nonsense in it and it went on to a smashing success!!

    We’d not pay only pay outrageously exuberant prices
    for tickets at the movie theaters……

    We’d even buy and rent some more of it, when it comes out on DVD too!

    With that, I’d like to explain something to you lefty’s and your lefty Hollywood!

    “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,
    If any man shall add unto these things,
    God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    ” And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
    God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city,
    and from the things which are written in this book.” —– Revelation 22:18-19

    Truth is what we live by!

    Also, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” — Exodus 20:3

    SO, who’s the “god” of this movie?
    Because, it most certainly isn’t the God of the Bible!

    Hollywood, you mind as well count this movie to your massive list of BOMBS too!

    Like what all lefty’s do in blaming others when their goofy ideas BOMB,
    look to see Paramount blame Christian folk, for this movies failure.

    • Help me. I’m trying to understand your point of view. First, you haven’t even seen this movie, right? Second, are you saying a person can’t be liberal and Christian? Also, even if Christians are more numerous, are they necessarily going to the movies? And how do you know they are more loyal? Why is this movie lefty anyway?

    • Scott says:

      mel gibson’s not exactly a “christian,” and he “interpreted” the fairy tales of the bible as much as Aronofsky.

      Not enough lions…

  26. Alex says:

    Hollywood loves to shoot films and TV shows in middle America and the south east, (cheaper to shoot there) but doesn’t like to make films and TV shows targeting them.

    Shoot in “red states”, target the lib 18-49 crowd on the coasts, great plan!

  27. syttendemai says:

    Celluloid Horse Cr*p

  28. retired milary says:

    Wont go see this global warming piece of crap

    • Dynnik says:

      “Global warming”?? What are you talking about?!! Ah, of course! You are relying on the unfounded opinions of the crazy dogmatics that haven’t actually seen the film. Nowhere I saw an “evironmentalist” / “global warming” re-interpretation… it’s nonsense what you say.

    • Why is this about global warming? I missed that part. I can’t even find that in the review.

  29. Shaniqua Braxton says:

    It bees about a fish?

  30. orionbeing says:

    I didn’t know they gave buzz cuts during Noah’s time.

  31. Jacob Greenwood says:

    If Noah never existed, why can his sons and their descendants be traced through Chronicles and archaeology to people and places today? Why do his laws still resonate?

    1 You shall not have any idols before God.
    2 You shall not murder.
    3 You shall not steal.
    4 You shall not commit adultery, incest or bestiality.
    5 You shall not blaspheme God’s name.
    6 Do not eat flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive.
    7 Set up a governing body of just laws.
    READ “Finding Noah” at http://www.NoahIsReal.com

    • James says:

      You might want to go back to your Bible: Those are the laws passed to Moses, not the Covenant with Noah.

      • FrankNCents says:

        Wrong. Noah was given seven laws. They even have a name, The Seven Noahide Laws (also The Seven Laws of Noah). Adam was given six laws. The addion law given to Noah was “not to tear the flesh if a living

        Adam was given six laws. The generations of Adam to Noah were vegetarians. The seventh law deals with animal slaughter. Setting up courts was common to Adam and to Noah.

        These seven laws commanded to Noah were reaffirmed at Sinai. The details and performances of these laws were entrusted to the sages of Israel to adjudicate and interpret.

        At the End of Days everyone will be judged as to whether or not they kept these simple laws in addition to approximately another 30 common sense laws (such as respect for mother and father, being charitable, protecting the orphan and widow, and so on).

        Observing the laws properly gains an individual a share in the afterlife, “The righteous of all nations have a share in the world to come.”

      • Daniel Shafner says:

        News flash: Jews have 613 commandments to follow. Non Jews have the Seven Noahide Laws. See that word “Noahide”? These laws are commended to Noah and all Mankind will be judged on whether or not they kept these laws. In total, it works out to approximately 35 laws including the seven laws. Okay? You have absolutely no command of this subject do instead of trying to correct me, ask and learn or at least remain silent.

        >

      • Jacob Greenwood says:

        There were passed down in scrolls and carvings.. The first person, Adam, could read and write, he was taught. Remember in Genesis how God wants to hear the names Adam chooses for animals, etc. Obviously he could speak a language. Every first born wrote the Chronicles of their lives. The Book of Enoch is one example. The book of Adam gave the six laws. Noah added the seventh, to make a system of just courts.

        Torah leaves much out. You must remember, Moses is raised Egyptian. Kinda like a Catholic who converts to Judiasm, but still has an affinity for Christmas trees (so to say) Mosesknew the BS of Paganry,so was overly strict because he didn’t trust people, so knowledge was hidden.

        Do you know that many Jews left Egypt for Mycaenae and other places where they had family. Not everyone went into the desert. Its so much more than we think we know..

    • Scott says:

      Because they can’t. It’s a fairy tale.

  32. Azznerak says:

    The only reason Christians will go see the movie will to see if they promote Christianity to the level they feel is acceptable. They wont go see it for the story, or the actors, or to have a good time, but only to judge and nit-pick.

  33. LuLu says:

    If the movie director could make it extravagant, just think how “over the top” God made it when He was directing the real thing. Don’t you think it’s time God was given the credit? And God made Russell Crow to be the “hunk” that he is.

  34. I can’t wait to see this movie, I love Russell Crow…

  35. Casual Observer says:

    The nephillim are the offspring of the watchers and the daughters of men. The fallen angels were genetically manipulating all the species and their progeny, the nephilim, were devouring everything. If it would have continued, the blood line of Christ, the savior, would have been polluted, sabotaging God’s plan of salvation promised to save all from Adam sin to all subsequent sin. The flood ended the continual violence and preserved the Christ’s bloodline: the reason for the flood.

  36. can we call NOAh a CLI FI film for the new genre of climate-related movies and novels being produced now? it’s not sci fi so can we call it cl fi? see clifibooks.com for back info

  37. I cannot contribute an opinion more succinct than that of Bill Maher, on Real Time. The text & vid are here -don’t know if we can post a link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/15/bill-maher-you-know-the-noah-movie-is-bad-when-god-is-a-bigger-dck-than-russell-crowe/

    To: “Johnnie,”: Which of the more than 50 versions of the Bible would you like “faithfully,” recreated? You surely can speak Aramaic or Hebrew to demand authenticity …after all …2 people cannot retell a story “exactly,” the same way … over 2,000 years of translations will leave something to be desired.

  38. What stupifies me is WHO THE HAIL died leaving any of you sycophant slopsist bought off progressive twits as the final word on anything

  39. Johnnie says:

    I want the story of Noah to be told exactly how it appears in the Bible. I feel this way about all Biblical interpretations, including school plays and picture books. Everything must appear EXACTLY as it happened in the Bible or it’s Godless trash. No one is allowed to interpret anything in the Bible. It’s blasphemy from America-hating liberals.

  40. RFD says:

    Cue the extreme right-wingers who haven’t seen the movie to offer an opinion on it in 3,2,1…

  41. Wal Man says:

    I’ll wait for the book to come out..wait, it did! Anyway, I enjoyed this review. I sounds like it’s made for the big screen and since I only know how the story ends, I MIGHT just go see it.

  42. Yes says:

    HHMM No thanks will wait to see it maybe on Netflix instead

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  44. LOL says:

    Such a brilliantly written review, Mr. Foundas. Well done.

  45. Hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I’ve seen the previews. So they go all the animals on board, not not Africans or Asians? This is just another reinforcing of how out of touch Haywood is. I guess none of them survived the great flood. Or they just mysteriously appeared later? Laughable!

    • Johanne T. says:

      Well, in the Bible (not sure if in the film), Noah’s three sons become the propagators of the world’s races. Shem was the forefather of the Semites, Ham was the forefather of the Africans, and Japheth was, I presume, the father of the Caucasians. Perhaps they didn’t include Asians and American Indians because when the tale was recorded centuries before our era, the people in Judea and Israel weren’t really familiar with them.

      • ALBERT says:

        You are saying mostly correct but you are wrong on the Asians. After their children dispersed to different areas of the world their looks also changed. Asians live in areas where there are dust storms which caused their eyes to squint and their skin yellower. Read Asian dust in Wikipedia and see for yourself

  46. dwchu says:

    The description of the battle scene sort of reminds me of the 50s movie “When World Collide” – when a flood of people try to storm the spaceship fleeing Earth’s destruction.

  47. Daryle says:

    I probably wouldn’t have gone to see this film, but the review has peaked my curiosity. If Russell Crowe is as good this reviewer seems to think, I’ll be happy to see him receive some kudos. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him at his best in a film. And I hope people won’t pick apart the movie on religious grounds or based on Biblical details. It’s NOT a documentary; with such a sparse story, the moviemakers have to create and embellish the story.

  48. Nemoque says:

    Every time that Hollywood tries to improve on a biblical story, it screws it up. This movie, despite all the wonderful special effects or choreography, will fail on all accounts. For those that have actually read the biblical account of Noah, the movie will disappoint because it misses the entire theme of the story. It has NOTHING to do with environmentalism. For the Atheist, any mention of God is anathema.

    • Alric the Red says:

      It sounds to me like they’ve improved on the story. A lot. I mean, the original Bible story is sparse, as the review noted. To render it at all beyond its dull Sunday-school tale will require a bit of artistic license. The movie sounds very compelling to me, told in as realistic a way as possible. I definitely like the touch of adding an orphan girl into the mix, thereby explaining who Noah’s sons were to mate with, without an incestuous solution. And the Nephilim, who are mentioned only in passing, coming in to assist Noah was a very deft way to introduce the more exotic and often ignored mythological elements to the story. This looks to be one awesome movie.

    • Jessica Porong says:

      I have to agree with you, I’m tired of Hollywood pooping on God, like they fear man more than they fear God himself, there’s many things I already don’t agree in the films synopsis, like: 1: why did they have to make him drugged; instead of the mighty power of God speaking to him, through intense prayer or dream 2: none of the women had problems having children and it was a command after the flood for Noah and his wife to continually reproduce, alone with his sons and their wives 3: Noah was a drunk pre-flood and God never had a problem with that because he was a man that God has hope in 4: why at the end they had to have Noah curse God after saving and blessing him. I think it’s sick how the world thinks, God blesses and then the world turns around to smack him, how sad!!!

      • jack vance says:

        I think it is a sign of respect that he never takes G__s name in vane. The true name is sacred and unleashes powerful forces too strong for mention is secular literature.

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