The Creator has decided that mankind has ruined the Earth and as a reset, will flood the planet. Noah is chosen to build an ark to be populated by two of every animal species so the Earth will be repopulated. His purpose explained in visions and events, Noah realizes his duty to The Creator but also comes to believe mankind is not part of those plans.
Russel Crowe (Noah), Jennifer Connelly (Naameh), Ray Winstone (Tubal-cain), Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah), Emma Watson (Ila), Logan Lerman (Ham), Douglas Booth (Shem), Nick Nolte (Samyaza voice).
Noah is an interpretation of the Bible story with a lot of supposition and conjecture thrown in to round things out a bit. Like anything that is completed with guesswork, some parts fit and some don’t. And while some may fit history, they still aren’t to the liking of others. Though the film was a bit rough in points, and probably longer than needed, it was interesting and somewhat thought provoking. The large number of poor reviews comparing the film to the “original story” seem ridiculous as it was only a few pages in the bible with very little detail. Any film will look bad if you have a closed mind, which really is not the fault of the film.
Acting was a bit messy in this one. Crowe made an interesting role dark and felt narcissistic once again. Connelly was okay but could have injected a bit more energy for her part. Winstone was enjoyable as an antagonist while Hopkins fit his quirky role well. Watson was better than expected but often feels less than authentic. Lerman and Booth both did nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds obviously received a heavy dose of CGI but were pretty good. It was obvious this film was intended to be an epic and visualizations, including the fallen rock-angels, are well done and enjoyable. Dialogue was okay but could have explained things a bit better. Sound and soundtrack were both nice.
Overall Noah is an interesting adaptation of the classic story presented with a large visual impact and plenty of embellishment. Approached with an open mind the film is entertaining and mildly thought provoking. Those looking for a traditional classic story conforming to common social understanding of Noah will likely be very disappointed.
With violence, some mild sexuality, and sci-fi creatures, this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Adventures, Deadly Disasters, Sci-fi action and adventure
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