Noah

Theatrical Release: March 28, 2014
Noah
Not Recommended for Families

Synopsis

Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. This movie is directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

Disclaimer from the Official Website – 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.

Dove Review

There is no doubt in the movie that God is the creator of the universe and of man. Noah (Russell Crowe) even presents the story of creation to his family and this was nice to see in the film. Crowe does a credible job playing Noah although the plot does steer off in some unusual directions, including an evil warrior, Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone), making it on the ark with a plot to kill Noah. Noah misinterprets God’s plan after the flood, and believes that no-one, including Noah and his family, deserve to live. He carries this out to a nearly disastrous result. (Earlier in the movie, Noah said that the flood would not be the end of life but be a beginning). Fortunately the situation ends well. There are many instances of artistic license such as Noah’s own sons attempting to kill him. It was generally disappointing that Mr. Aronofsky steered so far from the Biblical account of the story.

This movie is not “anti-Biblical”, but it is “extra-biblical” to a fault. It concentrates more on the flawed character of Noah than on the Biblical account of the building of the ark and the flood. One of the most unsettling scenes involves angels called “Watchers” who came to earth wanting to help Adam and Eve after the fall but were encrusted in rock so that they would remain on earth. In this movie they help Noah build the ark. During a battle between the evil men and Noah’s family these creatures appear to rise up to heaven!

The intense violence and men’s magic in the place of God’s power keep us from awarding Noah the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Implied sex between a couple who do make a commitment afterward as husband and wife and the wife has children; kissing between a young couple and between a husband and wife.
Language: "Damned"-4
Violence: A lot of violence including a stake in an animal causing bloody wounds; an animal's throat is slit with spurting blood; battle scenes with several people being killed; a character's neck is snapped; a man's leg is stabbed with blood seen as a result; a man is impaled by a spear; the rock creatures kill many people; scene of man with bloody feet; a "shadows" scene in which Cain kills Abel with a stone and we see it twice; skeletons and skulls are seen on poles; corpses are seen and one with eyes open; blood seen on ax; a girl is trampled to death; bloody wounds; bloody meat seen being chopped.
Drugs: A man drinks wine and becomes drunk; a character is given a tea-like liquid to drink that causes him to have a "vision."
Nudity: A man is seen from a distance naked from the side but it is not close enough to see anything graphic; cleavage; shirtless man; a young woman's bare shoulders.
Other: Although not anti-faith, several scenes present a revisionist account of the biblical Noah including Noah's sons attempting to kill him; Angels called "Watchers" rising up to heaven; Magic taking the place of God's power.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: Paramount
Writer: Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Producer: Scott Franklin
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 138 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Russell Crowe,
Jennifer Connelly,
Anthony Hopkins