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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    New perspective on Russell Crowe

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    Excellent cast with a particularly uncharacteristic role for Russell Crowe. How can one not like a movie with Anthony Hopkins, Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Ray Winstone? ALMOST a bit too long, but great photography and special effects. Of course, not being there, one can never know how historically accurate it is or isn't...

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  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not Quite the Bible

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    “Noah” Not Quite the Bible Amos Lassen “Noah” is Darren Aronofsky’s “uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale will surely polarize critics and audiences”. The story of Noah is one that is steeped in tradition and fantasy. The film respects the Biblical story but it also takes liberties with it by adding to the basic foundation found in the Hebrew Bible and creates both a world and a scenario that add to the basic tale and this causes the story of Noah and the flood to be a distinct tale that sets it apart from the narrative of the Book of Genesis—for a religious person the message of the original is here and for the non-religious, there is still a story to relate to. Aronofsky who both directed and co-wrote the screenplay imagines the story as theater with beautiful tableaux and the backdrop of sky in bold colors. At first, everything is representational and then the scenes expand—the six creations are told to us orally and visually and then we move from darkness to the earth that is represented as a molten mass. The days are actually millions of years and we see the creatures enter the picture in time-lapse sequences. Humans appear in a golden glow in Eden, a paradise. We see Cain kill Abel and the soldiers killing each other throughout history. Noah (Russell Crow) tells us his vision from the Creator of an earth under water and then Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), his wife appears. We see them as ancestors, as shadows against a dark sky and science and religion, history and legend are blended as the lines between them are blurred. The story begins. We see Noah as a young man standing alone; the last in the line of Adam and Eve; he is the son of Seth and he was witness to Cain’s tribe that was responsible for killing of his father. The conflict between the tribes continues and it is the descendants of Cain who believe that humankind should hold dominion over the Earth and its resources. The line of Seth believes they are stewards of creation. The progeny of Cain, fueled by a mineral that emits energy, has overtaken the globe in a collection of industrial cities. As an adult, Noah is the father of three sons and his vision is to seek out his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) to discover the meaning of the world. The answer to the riddle of the submerged earth is a massive ark to hold two of each species of animal in the world, restarting the natural course of Earth while human being perish in a great flood. Here Aronofsky adds to the story with a group of fallen angels who are known as “Watchers” and it is their duty to come to earth and protect humanity after the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. “They are giants composed of rock and mud, with four arms and faces contorted into a gnarled version of the tragedy mask—a visage of perpetual sadness for those with no place in the Creator’s universe. They may appear out of place, but there’s a biblical basis for these creatures. They answer the question of how Noah and his small family construct a gigantic ark and also serve as the family’s guardians”. One of the problems in understanding the Noah story is if there is to be a watery apocalypse intended to wash away all of humanity, surely there would be other humans determined to survive. They arrive led by Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone), the king of the great cities of Cain’s descendants, and want their place on the ark before the rains begin to fall and geysers of water erupt from the ground. Within the family, there are divides, primarily on the part Noah’s son Ham (Logan Lerman), who is jealous of his brother Shem’s (Douglas Booth) romance with Ila (Emma Watson) and resentful of his father’s apprehension in finding a wife for his middle son. Aronofsky’s film is an ambitious, brave and visually stunning adaptation that offers a grandiose reinterpretation of Noah’s fabled salvation and the regular Bible reading. We know the story of Noah—God (or “The Creator” as he is referred to in the film) is angry at what his world has become and intends to wipe out all of humanity in order to start anew. His wrath is communicated to Noah who soon finds himself with the monumental task of not only building an ark so that he and his family can survive, but also gathering two of every animal so that the futures of entire species are assured. Of course, the ark is built, the flood arrives and the dove flies in at the end with the olive branch in its mouth. The basic elements of the story are all here. It’s what Aronofsky does in between and around the core story, however, that gives Noah its unique and intriguing identity. I do not want to spoil the story for anyone so I am going to write anymore about the plot but it is important to remember that this is not a simple retelling of the Bible. It’s a dark, gritty and fantastical adaptation that pulls no punches and presents a portrait of Noah that we’ve never seen before. What Aronofsky gives us will probably offend Biblical purists but with that said, the film is fascinating in every aspect. “Instead of writing Noah as a righteous, honest and upstanding man, the director gives us a complex character study of an almost obsessive follower of God, a zealot, who finds himself at the crossroads between serving a higher power and doing what he thinks is right”. Crowe is excellent but the screenplay by Aronofsky and Ari Handel is what makes the character so interesting. Noah is a man driven by faith and his duty to God. Above all else, he wants to serve God, and he’s willing to do almost anything to complete His will. And when I say anything, I do mean anything. When things get dark, the film ventures into very questionable moral territory. What makes Noah, the character, so interesting is the dichotomy between his actions and beliefs, and the constant struggle between blindly following his faith and doing what he believes is just. We ask these questions ––Is Noah simply carrying out God’s will? How can a mere mortal stand up to the Creator? Isn’t the very foundation of religion based around obeying what God says? Is it wrong if it’s what God commands? The film asks many tough about how far man can be driven by faith, and as a commentary on religious fanaticism; “Noah” is an extremely interesting piece of work. It leaves the viewer with so much to think about that we will have it in our minds for days after seeing it. Aronofsky’s film comes to us in five clear and distinct acts and each has its own special tone and feel. The special effects of the flood are spectacular (as we all thought that they would be). There is a battle sequence that is amazing and the acting is superior throughout the film. Soon after the battle, “Noah” becomes a whole other film entirely. “On the ark, it steps down in scale to examine morality, faith, religious fanaticism, family dynamics and pressure so great that it can sever life-long bonds between loved ones”. Because of excellent direction, the transition is smooth and natural. The film is more than just a film— it is a powerful but complicated experience that’s deeply fascinating in the way it subverts expectations. “It will crash over you like the flood itself, knocking you back, allowing you to take in awe-inspiring visuals but also forcing you to contemplate complex questions. As an absorbing character study and an action epic all at once, it is wonderful. The arrival of the animals, which appear to self-organize by phylum, is a similarly marvelous sight. This followed by the storm that is amazing in its beauty and it will difficult to forget “the image of humanity’s last dregs clambering for a foothold on a lone rocky outcropping as it, too, is finally swallowed by the sea”. After the tide has ebbed and a new day has dawned, the film finds its purpose— Noah, the man is an exhausted hero who can’t understand why, if all mankind was meant to perish, he and his family should be saved. Noah has no one to ask. Russell Crowe lets us feel his torment and then the film leaves us with the image of a man who feels adrift when he is finally standing on dry land — and all of us immediately relate to what we see on the screen.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A better movie based on the Bible

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    Most of the Biblical movies that I have watched have been very uninteresting and extremely slow moving. This movie only moves as slow as is needed to portray the movement of the times and give the necessary back story (for those who have less familiarity with the bible). The movie does stray from what is written in the Bible but it does so to keep the interest of those of us who do not focus on it. Everyone who I have showed this movie to enjoys it. Even my 7 year old Autistic nephew (who has ADD) sat down and watched most of the movie. Normally, we cannot bribe him to sit for anything. There are special features on the Blu-ray (they show the "beauty" of Iceland, the Ark exterior, and the ark interior) but they were not interesting enough to fit my tastes.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Movie was good.

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    This was a movie that I really wanted to see because i have been wondering how it would look like compared to previous movies, especially now that we are in the high tech gen. For me, the special effects did not disappoint, especially on how they created all these different kinds of animals going to the ark. That was a joy to watch. The lead character was played really well by Russell Crowe, and nice to see Emma in a character that is far away from what she was known for from her Harry Potter days. I just noticed that the story line was different from what i read from d Bible. I can understand it if was modified to become more commercially appealing, it is meant to entertain and make money. Overall, i give it 4 stars.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Movie, Story Line Not On The Mark

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    I never did get a chance to see this the theater on the big screen, so I decided to buy the Blu-ray version when it came out because I have a 70" LED television at home, so that was good enough. The acting was great, and the special effects were done well. The only thing about this movie is that if you are expecting it to be true to the biblical story, you will probably be let down. The movie, however, was entertaining, and there were some interesting behind the scenes that can be watched. I just wish the behind the scenes portion went a little further explaining why the story.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Interesting film

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    I thought that this telling of a Sunday school story was both interesting and very visual. I felt that the scenery was amazing and the story was a mixture of what we learn in school and Hollywood's need for Noah to be more of an action hero. Don't get me wrong, I felt that Russell Crowe did a great job and same with the rest of the cast, just didn't think that Noah was capable of kicking biblical butt! I would recommend it to those that want a different look at the bearded guy that we came to know when we were kids!

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  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    HORRIBLE MOVIE BUT WORTH IT - READ WHY!

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    It took no fewer than a minute or two before I knew this movie was going to be a joke. Right when I saw GIANT ROCK GOLEMS in this movie I almost wanted to turn it off and break the blu-ray disc in half or just throw it a few hundred feet away from me. Did I say GIANT ROCK GOLEMS?? What a joke. My cursed curiosity kept me watching throughout this movie. Somehow during the second half of the movie, I felt like I was watching the Shining. Russell Crowe would definitely be a good candidate to reprise Jack Nicholson's role. I forgot to mention before all that drama, someone outside of Noah's family sneaked on-board the Ark! No joke! But what a joke!! There were absolutely more than 3 strikes throughout this movie but I'm running out of space. I still need to mention this - although this film is straight basura, there are pros to it. These two pros are - Steelbook and $10 Movie Ticket!!! I mean although this film is pretty bad, Noah aka Russell Crowe still look bad-a-- on the cover, with the Ark on the back side. I was also glad that this Steelbook Blu-ray + DVD combo came with a $10 Movie Ticket. Just used it on Guardians of the Galaxy and boy does that film blow this one out of the waters and infinity! Having this on Steelbook with a $10 Movie Ticket really makes me forget why I even wasted money on this film. If this movie did not come with any of those bonuses, I would not touch this film with a 10ft. pole. I would actually give this film 1 star, but added 2 stars for the bonuses. Don't say I didn't warn you!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Enjoyable for Non Believers

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    The film for me was a good watch and from other reviews around the net that gives a low rating are mostly those who hate the film for not running along side the bible. Its a Hollywood film that is big and epic with tons of visual effects and is meant as a fun watch not a Documentary that teaches faith. With that said. I liked the film...but it does get weird when the stone creatures are around....very Transformer-ish but you start liking them as the film go's on. I give the film a 4 out of 5

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Grand Biblical Story

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    Interesting cinematography with a tasteful sound-track and CGI that is awesome in every respect is combined with an interpretive story-line and excellent acting – all of which make for a memorable as well as an enjoyable view. The “great flood” sequence was masterful as it was believable.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Darren Does It Again

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    I'll admit i was skeptical how the age old story of Noah's Ark would translate in a big budgeted tentpole film. Yes, there are moments with your typical action movie scenes, but overall it feels like the script was developed in a way to really show the heart of the original biblical story. The effects have their spotty moments with virtually every animal being CG, but the actors involved put on great performances and add weight to the story.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Review of case only

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    This is not a review of the movie itself -- you can find those elsewhere. The SteelBook packaging is very nice. There is no embossing and this is not glossy, but the "rain" effect by having the steel material show through the art is effective and interesting. There is interior art, but it is just rain; nothing that special. Overall, however, this is a nice packaging effort, and I am happy to have it on my shelf.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Better than I expected

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    I bought this movie along with Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings. I enjoyed this movie better than the other one. I thought Russell Crowe did a good job, as did as Emma Watson. Not sure how accurate the story is but I thought it was exciting enough to keep my interest all the way through.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great movie ? Yes & No

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    It's a great movie-really enjoyed it but it could of been better in a religious way. Do give credit for how it was done(CG & depictions with great acting) but I couldn't understand much of the storyline. My opinion it is an enjoyable movie for religious people but if your not religious enjoy it anyway cause of the action & adventure of it. 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    "Noah" is Breathtaking

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    NOAH does not necessarily follow the Bible, BUT- It still provides the basic story with a few twists and turns that does not go against Biblical beliefs- embellished for Hollywood and the general public. Great film none the less. The Cinematography was breathtaking and realistic. The Acting was excellent- just watch the relationship between Noah and his daughter-in-law, Iila, grow strong, fall to the depths and heal. Well worth the experience. Just do not go in with too many realistic Biblical ideals, for example: Rock angels that explode. Let me try to help you get through that: Angels fall to Earth and become part of the earth (the soil) and hardened to rock- but still alive and angry. Seeking the goodness that is still part of their spirit (we all fall short of God), they help Noah. At the end, they open up their hearts and souls and let their inner light shine- just before being destroyed and ascending into Heaven- just like Christ.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Interesting take on biblical epic

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    Everyone knows the story of Noah. Director Aronofsky's interpretation is not for bible purists, but the personal challenges and consequences of being chosen to be the instrument of the creator's will is both authentic and dramatic. I enjoyed the movie for its creativity and the surreal realism of the gravity Noah's choices and his mission.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very good movie but don't expect biblical

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    Good actors and actress in the movie. Rock angels very quickly moves the movie away from biblical. Did make you think about how horrible it would have been to see or know that everyone would die suffering. Did they care about some that were lost. The baby scene had me frowning in regards to what Noah was thinking God had told him to do.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice family based movie for a Friday night.

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    This movie is losely based on the bibles Noah, with a twist on where Noah desended from and the conflict between the families. When angles tried to help with the conflict they were condemned to earth as rock poeple to aid in settling the conflict. Overall it was a good movie with the stereo typical fight between right & wrong.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very good movie

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    If your a Russell Crowe fan you will very much enjoy the movie. Although if you are looking for a faithfull rendering of the old testament, then this is not for you. For a very good, full of suspense, good action movie ( although some might say a part was stolen from the Lord of the Rings ) I would definately recommend seeing this.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good story. Not all biblical. But a good show.

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    Watch this movie. Bur do not think of as a biblical truth. Some of is very good. The Arc was well made. The Arc was also true to size and shape. The movie did show the evil of men (why the flood.). But also Noah's interpretation of what GOD wanted was put to test. Very entertaining. Well done. I will watch this movie many times.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good movie

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    Good fictional movie....not biblically accurate at but good as long as you take it as fiction. The plot worked well, the movie moved along well and didn't feel almost 3 hours long, and is a definite keeper. I'd recommend it as long as your open to a fictional interpretation of the biblical Noah and the story of the biblical flood.

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