Noah 2014 PG-13 CC

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Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the timeless story of courage, sacrifice and hope. This visually stunning, action-adventure is hailed as "one of the most unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on film." *Richard Roeper, Chicago-Sun-Times

Starring:
Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
Runtime:
2 hours, 18 minutes

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Genres Drama, Adventure, Action
Director Darren Aronofsky
Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
Supporting actors 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, Ariane Rinehart, Adam Griffith
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Not at all accurate with the biblical story.
Jennifer Lemmings
Even if you don't believe the Bible and just want to watch this movie for entertainment, it is still just bad.
Angie
It does not represent the God or Noah of the Bible.
Dan O`Brien

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664 of 797 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on August 11, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS. On the other hand, reading this before viewing the film just might open your eyes to some of the lesser-known Jewish themes it contains. Never has a movie so clearly illustrated the vast difference between how Christians and Jews read the Bible.

Yes, this is basically a Jewish movie, directed by a Jew (Darren Aronofsky) and written by him and his Jewish co-writer, Ari Handel. One of the early screenings was to a group of rabbis from various Jewish denominations, who gave it a thumbs up. In fact, I believe this is the first-ever major movie with a biblical theme that presents a Jewish POV on the story. That alone deserves a lot of kudos to a director who did NOT pander to the dominant culture in America.

So no, it does not stick to the common Christian understanding of the biblical text -- which is rather short and sketchy anyway, with no real character development. However, the Bible is only a small percentage of the sacred writings that Jews have. Aronofsky also consulted the Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, Book of Enoch, and other extra-biblical sources. Then you have the flood traditions in the Gilgamesh Epic, the story of Atlantis, the Hopi Indians, etc., plus archaological and historical data on what such an early culture might look like. Remember your Bible: "Tubal-Cain, who forged all instruments of copper and iron" (Genesis 4:22) which would place this story in the late Bronze or early Iron Age. People back then did not dress in biblical robes.
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430 of 527 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2014
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The Biblical tale of Noah is only a short story in Genesis. Any movie adaptation was going to have to find a way to fill out a two hour movie. In some respects, Director Darren Aronofsky did fine. The movie is well cast, with Russell Crowe as a determined and devout Noah, Jennifer Connelly as his dutiful wife, Emma Watson as an adopted daughter, Anthony Hopkins as Noah's grandfather Methuselah, and Ray Winstone as the leader of a band of roving scavengers. If you've seen the trailer, you know the cinematography is quite good. The Icelandic location shooting is dramatic, and those portions of the movie which stick to the original storyline work fairly well.

In some other respects, the movie does less well. The Biblical story of Noah is a straightforward morality tale about mankind. Aronofsky insisted on respinning it as a not very convincing environmental cautionary tale about a pre-industrial age. He also chose to rewrite the story of Noah and his sons and their respective wives in order to invent a disturbing and almost lethal family drama inside the Ark. At the end, the message of the movie is quite confusing.

Judging from other reviews, viewers with no particular commitment to the original story of Noah like the movie. Those viewers with expectations of a faithful adaptation of the original story are likely to be disappointed. Judge accordingly.
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496 of 634 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Elliott on March 31, 2014
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I saw Noah a week ago at my local theater, and am just now able to write a level headed review about it. See, Noah is that type of movie that you either absolutely love, or downright hate. Its the kind of movie that makes people fiercely defensive of their opinions, that sparks widespread controversy. This is rare, as movies nowadays seem to be pretty tailored to their target audience. Most of the controversy is centered around whether or not the film is biblical. As a Christian who has read the bible, I feel the need to point out that the bible is very vague concerning the story of Noah. God has the only speaking part, and the feelings and experiences of Noah and his family are not shared with us. If the film ONLY included the text as it was written, it would be about half an hour, and very impersonal. Darren Aronofsky adds additional material because if he didn't, there wouldn't be a film. There wouldn't even be any characters, other then names. Now, a lot of the controversy concerns what he added, mainly the bit about the fallen angels. People seem very confused about this, shortsightedly likening them to "Rock Transformers". The Nephilim, as they are called, are mentioned in the Bible, as well as in the Book of Enoch (Enoch was the great grandfather of Noah), which is a Jewish telling of the flood that is separate from the one in the Bible. They are also referred to in the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is an ancient historical and mythological text containing the story of the flood, also separate from the bible. If one considers for a moment that Darren Aronofksy came from a Jewish background, its easy to see where he would have gotten some of his content.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Hansen on October 12, 2014
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Now I can hear the gnashing teeth among conservative Christian true believers. In my not so humble opinion it would be impossible to tell Noah's epic story in such a way as to please all the critics. I am therefore grateful these actors and producers invested in, and delivered a first rate effort at including some details simply glossed over by Biblical authors.

A Christian cannot deftly weasel around the host of commentators, some emphasizing the Biblical remark about Noah being "perfect" in his generations. This adjective in the Old Testament is also shared with Job. A bit of digging around the Septuagint translations of Job can uncover one of Job's non-consoling friends accusing him of being an offspring of 'the' foolish angels. Our movie rendition on the other hand endeavors to portray some background of the conflict with the sons of Cain, written in Jewish pseudopigrapha. A Christian meditation on perfection ought to also include Jesus beatific exhortation, "blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the sons of God; be ye therefore perfect, even as your father in heaven is perfect..."

Getting back to the actuality of the Noah story. The expression of perfection by the time of the gospels includes a rather evolutionary tone. Through this I'm inferring the Apostolic storytelling focal point shifts to a focus on the issue of realized or (perfected) maturity. Now, no matter how we go about parsing this aspect, there may be found, round about the globe, legendary memories of a man and woman who were co-laborers with God, their common mission being the preservation of earth's endangered non-human species during a catastrophic natural event.
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