The Horizon

‘Noah’ is epic but hardly accurate

Melissa Spaide

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Rewind the world a few thousand years, back to the dawn of time, the beginning. Now fast forward ten generations from the first man created, and play. We have Noah- the only righteous man on earth- on one side. On the other side we have the world, depraved nations, fallen from the Creator’s agenda. The story begins.

Noah was a man called by the Creator to build an ark to save two of each animal from the impending apocalypse. According to the film, the Creator was planning to wipe the earth clean of the vile sin that tainted his perfect creation.

Later Noah decides the Creator wants to kill off each man, including Noah himself and his family. Noah concludes the Creator was using him to save the creatures- not mankind. His conclusions lead to terrible consequences of hatred and anger within his own family.

Throughout the film Noah slips into what seems to be insanity. Maybe the pressure he felt spurred this slipping of the mind. The depraved ways of mankind, the anger and brutality, the harsh words and clanging of swords are not for the faint of heart. There is blood, gore and destruction, but the screams and cries of dying men, women and children was the most heart wrenching sound I have ever heard.

This movie is a biblical epic that does not deserve the term. The initial storyline was taken from the biblical story of Noah; however, the extreme amount of liberties taken has skewed the entire story. Noah’s name and his building an ark to escape the impending apocalyptic flood, saving two of each animal, are the only similarities.

The director, Darren Aronofsky, said it is the “least biblical film ever made.” Which begs the question- why bother calling it biblical? There is very little basis for this. Overall this film was entertaining with lots of gore and destruction. The tearing apart of live animals was a bit much but nothing closed eyes and covered ears will not fix.

     It is a shame that the director chose to turn the table on the biblical story- making Noah seemingly insane when he started speaking of sin towards the time of the flood and while on the boat. It’s a mild mockery of the Christian faith. This is the real reason the term biblical epic does not fit. Call it what it is- an epic.

Acting skills of the entire cast were suburb. No complaints here. Russell Crowe was an amazing madman. Emma Watson was wonderful. Logan Lerman did very well. There was not a cast member that did poorly. They were great.

Computer animated animals could have been slightly more realistic, but the graphics were very acceptable for a movie of this day and age. Rainbows exploding from the sun made for a lovely firework show of an ending.

No,the movie was okay for what it was. I would recommend it to someone looking for an apocalyptic-themed movie with a somewhat happy ending for a select few characters. However, this movie will not be added to a collection of movies I would watch again.

As a bible-believing Christian the mockery was offensive, but I can appreciate a very well directed and portrayed film. “Noah” hit that mark. The director chose interesting camera angles and wove the film together beautifully. As I said, the actors were phenomenal. The story line was the breaking point for me personally. Overall I would rate the movie with three stars.