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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.
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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.Read more ›
In some other respects, the movie does less well. The traditional 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Laughably terrible. If only the movie set had been flooded so that this film never reached theaters.Published 2 hours ago by OriginalSourcer
The people who wrote this, produced it, and acted in it should be ashamed.Published 8 hours ago by S. Romrell
Too bad there is so much anguish over this film...jewish, christian, blah blah blah!
So many have forgotten that this is an ancient Sumerian story, originally with MANY Gods... Read more
Absolutely terrible!!! Script must have been written while high on drugs???Published 1 day ago by steve walker
did not follow the bible story about the sons and their wives. did not explain the scene where Noah was drunk and his sons covered him and why Ham left.Published 2 days ago by margaret dudley
if you want the bible version this isn't for you. the only thing they got right is noah built a ark and there was a flood.Published 2 days ago by VICKI R
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Jan 16, 2015 by Janus Zeal | See all 2 posts
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Noah was the best Christian movie released last year period, with God's Not Dead and Left Behind coming in close behind. First off it was simply gorgeous to look at, but most importantly the story and messages of Noah shone brightly through. Sure the watchers ie. the rock monsters weren't... Read More
May 20, 2015 by Mary A. Truxton | See all 2 posts
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