Noah, is a biblical epic film from director Darren Aronofsky, starring Russel Crowe as the title character. It adds action adventure and more fantasy elements to the biblical tale of Noah, who builds the Ark so that he and his family and animals of the world survive a great flood.

Noah opens with a quick telling of Adam and Eve, and Cain who slew able. It postulates that the descendants of Cain spread across the Earth (We see the super continent of Pangea) and built industrial cities. The word industrial is actually used.

Noah is descendant from one of the other children of Adam and Eve (I forget which one). He’s received visions from God that a great flood will come to destroy mankind, and that he is to build and Ark, a giant wooden boat to save he and his family and all animal life.

The descendants of Cain notice what Noah is doing and keep an eye on them. However, Noah is protected by these rock creatures that are fallen angels. The presence of these creatures, along with a few other things, make it clear that in the world of this film, God/the supernatural do indeed exist. When Noah has his visions, there is no doubt that they are from God and not mental illness or at least Noah’s imagination.

These rock creatures, called the Watchers, provide a good opportunity for story telling that isn’t fully utilized. I’m not sure how many of them there were, partly because they were indistinguishable from one another. We don’t really get to see if they have different personalities either. Their story is that when Adam and Eve were banished from Eden, the Watchers wanted to come to Earth to help man. Initially beings of golden light, they crashed into the earth and came into their rock forms as punishment for disobeying the Creator. However the film doesn’t fully capture they’re anguish from being thrown out of paradise and their desire to return. As a result when the later get their redemption it’s not as moving as it could be.

Their redemption comes as the rain begins and the descendants of Cain attack the Ark. The Watchers, Noah, and one of his sons fight them off in a big battle scene. They descendants have a leader who makes a good villain for Noah. There’s a personal reason for them to be enemies. He also wonders aloud why the Creator doesn’t talk to him, and philosophizes how he has the right to take what he wants.

The final act takes place during the flood. Early one Noah and his family are shaken as they can hear the screams of people outside as they cling to the last rocks/landforms while the rain keeps coming. Some aboard the boat suggest having ropes outside to help some people, but of course this does not happen.

Along the way there’s tension within Noah’s family about various things, including his son Ham who does not have a wife. He kind of gets the short end of the stick in this story, and his final fate in the film makes me think the writers simply didn’t know how to end his story.

Aboard the Ark Noah tells the creation story, and through the collage of imagery that tells the story of God creating the Earth we see life evolving. The creation science/evolution debate does not exist in this film, but rather the evolution of life and the book of Genesis are shown to go hand in hand. It will be interesting to see how fundamentalist Christians react to a film that supports evolution while simultaneously assuming the Old Testament to be literally true.

Noah actually becomes the Antagonist in the third act, as he comes to believe that the Creator’s intention was for all of humanity to die, including them, and there only job was really to save the animals. There’s also a plot point involving a stowaway aboard the Ark, which in retrospect is hard to believe considering how long they’ve been a stowaway. Anyway these plot points converge in the climax that is a little underwhelming.

The CGI effects and the color schemes of some shots, especially in the opening sequence, seem to be purposely not up to date. The first few shots of the Watchers for example looked like graphics from a 90s video game. At first I didn’t like it but I got used to it. Thinking about it now maybe the effects were purposely not up to date because the world of the film is so far back in the past.

It’s a pretty gutsy move to make Noah into a action fantasy epic, but overall it doesn’t hit as hard as one might hope. If I had to rate this I’d say 7/10.

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  1. xxavierx says:

    Have you ever heard of the Epic of Gilgamesh? Well, it’s identical to the Genesis flood bedtime story… but written about 2 to 3 thousand illusory-like years before the handbook of predictive programming called the ‘Old Testament’ started its circus show.

    ‘Utnapishtim’ became the flood hero ‘Noah’ in the newer version.

    By the way friend, predictive programming is found in ditties, myths, songs, shows, art, movies, science, and religion. The subtle messages program the subconscious mind, nudging you to focus on an event, so as to increase its probability it’ll occur in the ‘future’. One who experiences the event thinks it’s a natural occurrence, instead of recognizing it to be as staged as the Ginsu Knife sales pitch.

    There’s a coastal water event that is being planned by those who are directing both mainstream and alternative media. Since most carnival patrons don’t control their attention, it’s highly likely it just might occur.

    The arc of angles assists in creating the perception of ‘things’. In essence, the ArcAngel is the ‘Arc of Angles’ (created by the mixing of the 3 energies that are subjectively interpreted as colors red green blue when they come together to make the first Hexagram).

    An Archon creates using Angles.

    The arc of archeology brings the illusory-like past and presents it as real to those in the present.

    The arch connects duality, and presents it as one. Two bull horns of bull.

    The ark is the arc of electricity that El-ectrifies, and provides what is wrongly thought of as ‘life’. All brought to you by Elhohim (the Elected Hebrew name for God).

  2. CMrok93 says:

    Good review. It worked well for me because I was able to get past all that it was trying to say about, faith and the main idea of following your beliefs, and focus more on the whole spectacle itself. It worked for awhile, but it did get a tad boring after awhile.

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