Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Complicated Cruise

Review: Noah

For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you Noah, and you shall come into the ark, you and your family. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

To recap for our friend Noah - God is going to destroy all of humanity, except you. The future of all life on Earth has been set entirely on your shoulders.

Imagine the strain of such responsibility. Imagine what it must have been like to shut the ark door on your fellow man, as the flood waves crashed over them. To hear their screams as they are washed away, while only you and your family survive. We know how the story goes - Noah obeys God, building the ark and gathering the animals to survive the worldwide deluge. But in that obedience, Noah must have been one emotionally conflicted guy.

The Bible doesn't provide details about how Noah and his family felt about the Great Flood, but director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) attempts to explore this oft-unthought of aspect of the famous Genesis story with mixed, but largely successful results in the new film Noah.

Noah Rides the Waves into Theaters

Review: Noah
Guest Review by Caleb Smith

One of the most famous Biblical stories, if not the most famous, has finally come to the big screens. When I heard Hollywood was making a Noah movie over a year and a half ago I was thrilled.  Then I heard that Russell Crowe and Emma Watson (two of may favorite actors and actresses) would be some of the stars in the film I was ecstatic.  For almost two years I waited for this movie knowing that it would be a big hit.  And finally at a pre-showing the day before the release I got to sit back and observe this Hollywood production.

Going into this movie I had already been warned of its twisted and altered version of the story in Genesis.  Glenn Beck stirred up some controversy earlier this week when he called the film a "Babylonian Chainsaw Massacre".  Personally after seeing "Noah" I think that it a bit of an exaggeration; however Beck did have a few points that I agree with in his review.  Being a Christian I of course had some doubts about "Noah" just as any Christian should when it comes to their religion, however I know that Hollywood is not made up of all Christians so changes are to be expected.  I think people should remember that "Noah" is a Biblical adaptation and therefore will be different than what it is in the Bible.  I wasn't going to let that stop me from enjoying the film though.  After watching the movie I immediately went back and read the story in Genesis to make sure I could correctly make comparisons between the two.  But let's dive right in to what I thought about it.