Noah the Movie

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Noah – The Movie

Noah the Movie features Russell Crowe, the man entrusted by God to save animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind’s evil.

Noah – The Movie is a 2014 American epic biblically-inspired fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and loosely based on the story of Noah’s Ark.[4] The film stars Russell Crowe as Noah along with Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, and Douglas Booth. It was released in North American theaters on March 28, 2014 in 2-D and IMAX while several countries will also release a version of the filmconverted to 3-D and IMAX 3D.[5]

Plot

As a young boy, Noah’s father, Lamech, is killed by a young king named Tubal-Cain, who wanted to seize their land.

Many years later, Noah is living with his wife Naameh and his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. After seeing a flower grow instantly from the ground and haunted by vivid dreams Noah decides to travel with his family to visit his grandfather, Methuselah.

On the way, they come upon a group of people recently killed. They adopt the lone survivor, a girl named Ila, who was wounded in the attack and has become barren. Noah and his family are chased by Tubal-Cain’s men, but are able to seek refuge with fallen angels known as the Watchers. The Watchers had been forced by the Creator to remain on earth as stone golems for disobeying the Creator and helping humans after they had been banished from Garden of Eden. Humans had attempted to enslave and kill the Watchers, but Methuselah helped them escape and was befriended by them.

Noah receives a seed passed down from Eden from Methuselah. He plants the seed and an entire forest grows from it within seconds. Noah announces that all the wood will be used to build an ark, and Noah’s family and the Watchers begin construction.

Eight years later, as the Ark nears completion, animals start to walk into the ark where they are put to sleep by incense that Noah prepares. Noah disguises himself and goes into the human camp to find wives for his three sons, but finds that the surrounding lands have been running short on food, and the humans, led by Tubal-Cain, have become savage and cannibalistic. He becomes convinced that the Creator wishes for the human race to end and abandons his effort. Back at the camp, Methuselah blesses Ila, and her barrenness is cured.

Ham decides to go to the camp himself and find a wife, where he encounters a frightened young girl named Na’el. She is willing to go with him as the flood begins, but on their back Na’el’s foot gets caught in an animal trap just as Tubal-Cain’s horde marches on the Ark. Noah forces Ham to save himself and leave Na’el behind to be trampled to death by Tubal-Cain’s soldiers.

All of Noah’s family gets in the Ark except for Methuselah, who chooses to die in the flood. As the Ark is launched, the Watchers sacrifice themselves to protect it from the oncoming horde. In doing so they are forgiven by The Creator and ascend into Heaven. As the flood drowns the remaining soldiers, Tubal-Cain manages to stow away on the Ark. The king is found by Ham and befriends him, playing on anger toward Noah for allowing Na’el to die.

Ila discovers that she is pregnant, and soon after the rains stop completely. Naameh, Shem, and Ila inform Noah of this, but the patriarch says that if the child is a girl he will kill her to satisfy the Creator’s wish to destroy humanity. Noah asks for the Creator’s counsel but finds no answer. He resolves to follow his plan, despite Naameh’s unsuccessful attempts to dissuade him.

Months pass, and Ila and Shem build a small raft to escape Noah, but Noah burns it just as they prepare to leave. Ila goes into labor and Tubal-Cain is able to convince Ham to help kill Noah, who does not wish for humanity to be wiped out.

Noah is lured by Ham to the aft of the ark on false pretenses, where he is attacked by Tubal-Cain. As the two fight, the Ark hits a mountain, injuring both men. As Noah is about to finish Tubal-Cain he is attacked by Shem which in turns allows Tubal-Cain to recover and throws Shem back, desiring to kill Noah himself, but he is turn attacked and killed by a repentant Ham. With his final breath the king proudly proclaims Ham a man and passes him the snake skin that he took from Lamech.

As the family departs the Ark, Ham decides to leave them, still angry at Noah. Ila asks Noah why he didn’t kill his grandchildren, and Noah says that he saw the goodness of mankind in them. Later, the family stands atop a cliff face, and Noah blesses them all as the beginning of a new human race. They watch as the Creator sends a rainbow from the sky, covering all of the Earth, signaling his promise to never destroy mankind with a flood again.

Cast

  • Russell Crowe as Noah[6]
  • Jennifer Connelly as Naameh, Noah’s wife.[7]
  • Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain, Noah’s nemesis.[8][9]
  • Emma Watson as Ila, Noah’s daughter-in-law and Shem’s wife.[10]
  • Logan Lerman as Ham, Noah’s son.[11]
  • Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather.[12]
  • Douglas Booth as Shem, Noah’s son.[11]
  • Leo McHugh Carroll as Japheth, Noah’s son.
  • Frank Langella as Og, a Watcher who helps Noah.[13]
  • Dakota Goyo as Young Noah[14]
  • Marton Csokas as Lamech, Noah’s father.[15][16]
  • Madison Davenport as Na’el, Ham’s love interest.[17]
  • Nick Nolte as Samyaza, leader of the Watchers.[18]
  • Mark Margolis as Magog, a Watcher.[18]
  • Kevin Durand as Rameel, a Watcher
  • Nolan Gross as Young Ham
  • Adam Griffith as Adam
  • Ariane Rinehart as Eve
  • Gavin Casalegno as Young Shem
  • Skylar Burke as Young Ila

Critical reception

The film received generally positive reviews from critics. As of 4 April 2014, it has a 76% rating by the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes with a critical consensus saying “With sweeping visuals grounded by strong performances in service of a timeless tale told on a human scale, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah brings the Bible epic into the 21st century.”[47] Movieline’s Pete Hammond said that “It stays with you long after you leave the theatre. This ‘Noah – The Movie’ is unlike any other film of its kind—an intimate and stirring new take on a biblical story we only thought we knew.”[48] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said of the film: “Miraculously, Aronofsky has spent $130 million of Hollywood money on a visionary art film that asks us to examine what we believe. In this flawed, fiercely relevant film, wonders never cease.”[49] Critic Paul Byrnes describes it as “a masterpiece of complexity, a far more thoughtful movie than most modern films relying on special effects”.[50]

The movie also had multiple pointedly negative reviews. IndieWire claimed “Aronofsky’s worst movie is an epic misfire that, like the source material, offers plenty of lessons even if you don’t buy the whole package.”[51] The Wrap called the film “Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical Waterworld“, [52] Similarly, the Kansas City Star claimed “It rivals Battlefield EarthShowgirls and other touchstones of bad modern cinema. But it’s the kind of bad that only a mad genius like Aronofsky can muster,” and gave the film 1½ stars.[53]

Islamic censorship

See also: Noah in Islam

The film was banned in Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Malaysia, Indonesia, Middle East and North Africa countries prior to its release because it is seen by the governments of those countries as contradicting the teachings of Islam. A representative of Paramount Pictures confirmed the news by saying “Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries”.[70] The film was also disapproved by the Al-Azhar University in Egypt as it violates Islamic law and could “provoke the feelings of believers.”[71] In many Islamic juristic schools, the portrayal of prophets such as Noah is forbidden. [72]

Release and box office

Noah – The Movie  had its premiere in Mexico City on March 10, 2014.[73] In North America, the film grossed a little over $43.7 million during its opening box office weekend, becoming Aronofsky’s highest opening weekend and his first film to open at #1.[74]

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