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Noah (2014) Review (Spoiler warning)

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The new Noah movie seemed like a great idea at the time.  A Bible epic with some great advertisement for the movie.  Some contraversy over whether audiences should see it or not.

What I liked about the movie is what it represents, that Bible movies may be making a come back to the big screen and I was very excited to see this movie.  I had seen the previews and yes, saw that it was not exactly bibically accurate but it seemed to be mostly the same story but expanded on a little of what Noah and his family may have dealt with at the time.  Boy, was I wrong but more on that later.

The Pros: This movie started out with promise, introducing the world before the flood and how Noah is in the line of Seth.  According to this movie, Adam and Eve had three sons, Abel, Cain, and Seth (biblically, yes they had these three but it also states “Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.” (Genesis 5:4) Right, because all sons and no women ends the continuation of Man. WHile the movie does not state the other sons and daughters, we can assume that this must be so.  The movie does a great job of showing the deprivation of Man has now reached a point where God must put an end to the line of Cain which has destroyed and corrupted most of the world.  Even shows that Noah protects creation because it is made by the Creator and thus, worth preserving.

The Cons: While the producers claim that they believe the movie reflects the values and general story of the Flood from the Bible, I think they must have misunderstood the story or did not care about changing it.  They take Noah, a man called a preacher of righteousness and finding favor in God’s eyes was spoken to so that his family would be spared the Judgment of God. Not that Noah and his family were sinless, but they served God and tried to do their best to be servants of God even though they were not perfect and could have been wiped out with the rest of mankind but in God’s mercy, he chose to spare them (redemption and rebirth though a man, thus saving mankind. Sounds an awful lot like Christ. Even the Old Testament points to Christ many times but I digress).  This movie talks about Justice vs Mercy but places all the decision on Noah like he was in control of the fate of mankind.  He sees that man has been cruel and destroyed nature and even eaten animals (Biblically, eating animals was against what God had commanded PreFlood so that part is right).  Noah says the animals are innocent and that they should be saved and all mankind, including his family should be wiped out. Bible is pretty clear that if God takes care of the animals, he obviously cares about His people far more.  Little bit in the opposite direction here. His family is obviously a little upset but it becomes even worse when, on the Ark, his Daughter-in-Law (previously barren but miraculously healed) is with child.  Noah claims that if it is a boy, he will let the baby live, but if a girl, he will kill her the moment she is born.  Yeah, because Noah, the preacher of righteousness, would definantly kill a baby because God left the fate of mankind up to his (self-proclaimed) imperfect heart.  By then end, doesn’t kill the babies because he feels nothing but love for them.

Now this last bit may be trying to point to the feeling God had on His people.  Yes, He flooded the Earth because of the wickedness of man but loved those who were His own and saved them.  But I think the biggest flaw in this movie is that they tried to tell the story without God at the center of the story.  Whenever you do that, a Bible story stops making sense.  I had high hopes for this movie but from the middle to almost the very end, I was ready to walk out of the theater if they took it too far.  And for those of you who claim, “Calm down, they changed the story a little bit. Big deal.”  You must not be a big book reader.  This movie would be the equivalent of changing Harry Potter’ character from that of a brave, courageous friend, into a self-serving boy who would turn his back on any challenge that may bring him harm.  People would be up in arms if that was changed about Harry from books to movies, so why shouldn’t I be upset about this gross mischaracterization of Noah and especially of God?

I could deal with Methuselah being empowered by spiritual powers and “fallen” angels that were rock monsters helping Noah but changing the core principles of the story ruined the movie.

The only benefit is that people may go home and open the Bible to read the real story which is a consolation.

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