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Noah
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08.06.2014 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Darren Aronofsky

Actors:
Russell Crowe
Jennifer Connelly
Ray Winstone

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Noah (Crowe) is tasked to build an ark before a dangerous flood strikes the earth.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
He’s the one with the ark featured in the Book of Genesis. That’s what many would lead with if asked, Who was Noah? But with NOAH, director Darren Aronofsky (THE FOUNTAIN, BLACK SWAN) seeks to expand on and introduce a number of elements that will offer a more thorough take on the man and the story—with the aid of 3D, a $125 million budget and some handsome faces.

Noah (Russell Crowe) lives with his wife, Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), and three children in lands devoid of agriculture and animals. He begins having visions and nightmares of a terrible flood that he expects will come soon. “The waters of the heavens will meet the waters of the earth,” he tells his family. “We build an ark.” With that declaration and belief that he is fulfilling the Creator’s wishes, he gets to work with the help from creatures called Watchers, which look like cheap Ray Harryhausen knockoffs and are voiced by the likes of Frank Langella and Nick Nolte.

The text of the story of Noah isn’t all that long and so screenwriters Aronofsky and Ari Handel have taken some liberties. That’s understandable (although their straying from the source material will likely upset churchgoers), but where it really hurts the movie is in how much it lengthens the runtime. This is a story that could be told as a small portion of a Book of Genesis miniseries, but has instead been stretched out to nearly two and a half hours, perhaps because Aronofsky felt, like many before him, that a biblical story needs to be told as an epic.

NOAH has some strong aspects to it, such as its never really feeling like a biblical epic and its overall desire not to imitate one (outside of the aforementioned runtime), as well as its respectably fleshing out the characters and adding dimension to Noah and his family, all of which work to the movie’s advantage. What don’t benefit, though, are the tedious pace, the often hokey special effects, the unnecessary battle sequence (which allows Crowe to throw spears) and the occasionally over-the-top performances, all of which are negatives that greatly outweigh the positives.

THE EXTRAS
Iceland: Extreme Beauty (20:40): This featurette highlights Iceland, where most of NOAH was shot, and details the landscape and weather that both helped and hurt production. Also included is footage of scenes being shot and interviews with director Darren Aronofsky and director of photography Matthew Libatique.

The Ark Exterior: A Battle for 300 Cubits (19:46) also focuses on locations, with the focus shifted to Oyster Bay, New York, where the ark was constructed. This piece shows the level of work that went into being as accurate as possible in making the massive boat.

The Ark Interior: Animals Two By Two (19:55): This is something of a companion piece to the previous featurette, as it also details the efforts put into creating the enormous set. Like “A Battle for 300 Cubits,” it includes interview snippets and solid behind-the-scenes footage.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH takes some liberties with the original story, but the biggest issues sit with the tedious pace, overlong runtime, weak special effects and over-the-top performances. Special features include a look at the locations and sets.
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10:29AM on 08/06/2014

Brilliant Film - Extremely misunderstood

Here's the thing- He didn't take liberties with the story. Those were all elements of the story that existed in a prior version of "Noah's Ark," but the Roman Catholic Church decided not to include those elements when they were putting the Bible together. So you can deny it all you want, but it was always a part of the story. Then there's the fact that the story ISN'T trying to be a "Biblical Epic" as you say. It's aiming more to be a FANTASY epic. This story is told as if it were a
Here's the thing- He didn't take liberties with the story. Those were all elements of the story that existed in a prior version of "Noah's Ark," but the Roman Catholic Church decided not to include those elements when they were putting the Bible together. So you can deny it all you want, but it was always a part of the story. Then there's the fact that the story ISN'T trying to be a "Biblical Epic" as you say. It's aiming more to be a FANTASY epic. This story is told as if it were a regular adaptation of The Lord of the Rings or any other book, complete with bizarre creatures and Golems. Nobody knew quite what to expect going into this movie, but I love it. I'll happily start the "cult" that this movie is undoubtedly going to have in a few years.
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12:47PM on 08/13/2014
You are factually incorrect about the inception of the bible and more importantly, it's texts. Especially The Book of Genesis. The Catholic church is also not responsible for "putting the bible together."
You are factually incorrect about the inception of the bible and more importantly, it's texts. Especially The Book of Genesis. The Catholic church is also not responsible for "putting the bible together."
1:11PM on 08/06/2014
So which prior work contained the information that Noah wanted to murder his family? I'm really looking forward to reading that one. The rock monsters and battle scene also aren't actually in any writings about the Ark (although people have been bending over backwards to pretend they are the children of angels, which is mentioned elsewhere.....just not as rock monsters). I've never laughed so hard than when this movie belly-flopped in the theaters. It made enough to be to not lose it's
So which prior work contained the information that Noah wanted to murder his family? I'm really looking forward to reading that one. The rock monsters and battle scene also aren't actually in any writings about the Ark (although people have been bending over backwards to pretend they are the children of angels, which is mentioned elsewhere.....just not as rock monsters). I've never laughed so hard than when this movie belly-flopped in the theaters. It made enough to be to not lose it's ass, but Aronofsky was so smug about how he was make this the "least Biblical Bible movie ever" that the fact it lost money was hysterical. Oh yeah, and it had nothing to do with the Catholic Church. I don't know a single religion (including Islam) that approved of Aronofsky's "interesting" take on the subject matter.
1:02PM on 08/06/2014
Interesting information. I found this to be one of he better big films of the year as well.
Interesting information. I found this to be one of he better big films of the year as well.
10:21AM on 08/06/2014
Worst big budget movie this year - by far. I'd rather rip my teeth out one by one with a pair of pliers before I have to sit through this garbage again.
Worst big budget movie this year - by far. I'd rather rip my teeth out one by one with a pair of pliers before I have to sit through this garbage again.
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1:15PM on 08/06/2014
Yeah, it was a piece of crap. Karma is beautiful though.....Aronofsky wanted to make a non-Biblical Bible movie (since he's an atheist), and he got his wish.....and the studio got a blockbuster that didn't make any money.
Yeah, it was a piece of crap. Karma is beautiful though.....Aronofsky wanted to make a non-Biblical Bible movie (since he's an atheist), and he got his wish.....and the studio got a blockbuster that didn't make any money.
9:38AM on 08/06/2014

bummer

i was really hoping to check this out soon.
i was really hoping to check this out soon.
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