Released 2/28/14 Rated: PG-13
We really enjoyed this movie. We thought this one was fantastic; visually, story-wise, casting, etc. We loved it! There is a lot of hate toward this movie, mainly because it isn’t exactly “by the book,” but it’s still the story of Noah. It still gets it’s point across, and then some. It’s an interpretation. It’s not directly from the Bible. For instance, it starts with the story of creation, but I don’t believe it’s verbatim. So if a few details are going to make you outraged, maybe you should pick something else to watch.
The setting was absolutely gorgeous! It was filmed mostly in Iceland. Much like New Zealand, Iceland contains rolling hills of perfect landscape. Such greenery; it was absolutely beautiful. And they built a full scale ark, which I applaud them for. CGI doesn’t always work out the way you want it to, or hold up over time. (Even though they did still use it)
They really tied this story, as well as ran parallels with, Adam and Eve’s story. Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and were then cast out of the Garden of Eden. They had two sons: Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel and essentially became an outcast with God and his family. Eve then had Seth, whom she believed to be a replacement for Abel. Light and dark. According to the movie, Cain’s descendants have multiplied, living in sin and taking what they please with no remorse or regard for the planet, for they believe everything on the earth was put there for them. Their land is now in a state of having nothing left to give, and Cain’s descendants are miserable and greedy. Whereas Seth’s descendants, again, according to the film, are much less. But they respect and defend the earth, and they don’t take more than they need. The villain of the movie, the head of Cain’s descendants, is very much the serpent for Noah’s son Ham, trying to seduce Ham to switch sides and see the world “correctly.” He’s even among the rest of the snakes when he’s trying to persuade Ham that his father is wrong.
God never out rightly spoke to Noah. He gave him dreams and Noah had to figure it out himself. [SPOILER ALERT] Which is why Noah later thinks it’s his mission to let humanity die out with his family, and that whole sub-plot. I like that interpretation! We are human and we make mistakes. God does not out-rightly talk to us anymore, so we need to figure out what He is trying to say to us. We’re not perfect; we’re human, and we don’t always get it right. That is important! But all I’ve heard is “*Nag and whine* This isn’t in the Bible!” That’s not the point!
If you can accept that this is an interpretation of the story of Noah, and that some details have been altered, you might actually enjoy this one. Do I believe the movie is right and the Bible is wrong? No, of course not! But as a *film piece* this was done very well and I very much enjoyed it.