Friday, April 4, 2014


Noah

Opened March 28, 2014 
2 hr 17 min
PG-13 | Disturbing Images, Brief Suggestive Content and Violence

Trailer:


Director:

Darren Aronofsky

Cast:

Russell Crowe as Noah
Jennifer Connelly as Naameh, Noah's wife.
Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain, Noah's nemesis.
Emma Watson as Ila, Noah's stepdaughter and Shem's wife.
Logan Lerman as Ham, Noah's son.
Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, Noah's grandfather.
Douglas Booth as Shem, Noah's son.
Leo McHugh Carroll as Japheth, Noah's son.
Frank Langella as Og, a Watcher who helps Noah.
Dakota Goyo as Young Noah
Marton Csokas as Lamech, Noah's father.
Madison Davenport as Na'el, Ham's love interest.
Nick Nolte as Samyaza, leader of the Watchers.
Mark Margolis as Magog, a Watcher.
Kevin Durand as Rameel, a Watcher
Nolan Gross as Young Ham
Adam Griffith as Adam
Ariane Rinehart as Eve
Gavin Casalegno as Young Shem
Skylar Burke as Young Ila

Review by Stephen M.


While Noah might be disappointing in not being a direct translation from the Bible its rich cast headed by Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly makes it a compelling view despite the Hollywood-izing of the biblical story.  From the very beginning of the film to the end it's just not what you would've imagined picturing have you read the book of Genesis.  



While there are elements from the Bible, like the underlying idea that God wants to cleanse the Earth of men because of their wickedness.  There are also a lot that is not in the Bible like the Watchers, fallen angels that has become stone golems.  Not to mention an army led by Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone), king of men, a descendant of THE Cain.  As a fantasy fiction film, the film is not bad.  The pace is a bit slow however at times.  With the best part in my opinion as far as action is when Tubal-cain and his people try to storm Noah's ark.  

Parts of the film which drags in my opinion include Noah's dream sequences of which God sends him a message of the impending flood of Earth.  While it's important to show what motivates him and anguishes him, it becomes a bit redundant.  As well, Noah's middle son, Ham (Logan Lerman) spends more time on trying to get a wife than is reasonable considering the dire situation that they face.



Overall, I would only recommend renting this film or catching it as a matinee.  It's has some good points and is a good introduction to the overall story of Noah.  What this story explores which you won't find in the Bible is what Noah's struggles could have been as the world around him is flooded and the choices he may have faced with his family had certain things been different.  And as I have said before there are amazing performances by Russell, Jennifer and the rest of the cast.

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