Noah

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The end of the world... is just the beginning.

After visions foretelling the end of the world due to man's mistreatment of it, Noah (Russell Crowe) prepares for an apocalyptic flood by building an enormous ark. It will house the planet's wildlife as waters rise, but will the evil of man have any place in God's new world?  Co-stars Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan).

One of the last in the line of Seth (Cain and Abel's lesser-known sibling), Noah helps his family exist in harmony with creation, even as the environment is destroyed around them by the greed of mankind. After a vision depicting a doomed, drowned world, Noah seeks the help of his grandfather Methuselah (Hopkins), who entrusts him with a seed from the Garden of Eden that quickly brings a vast forest into being. With this raw material, Noah begins the construction of a vast ask with the help of his family and the Watchers, fallen angels now confined to Earth. But desperate men and women, led by Tubal-cain (Winstone) prepare to take the Ark, and even as a vast flood descends across the planet, those aboard have no guarantee of safety.

The story by Aronofsky and John Logan (SkyfallGladiator) began life as a graphic novel published in 2011. Producer Scott Franklin told EW, "Noah is a very short section of the Bible with a lot of gaps, so we definitely had to take some creative expression in it. But I think we stayed very true to the story and didn't really deviate from the Bible, despite the six-armed angels."

I've always believed that in cinema, ambition must be celebrated – outsized ambition, especially so. That stance is being challenged like never before with Darren Aronofsky's Noah. The filmmaker's previous works have all demonstrated affection for the more operatic modes of filmic storytelling, and that carried me through 2006's The Fountain, which counts as an interesting failure. After reigning things in a little with The Wrestler and Black Swan, Aronofsky is back in his gargantuan sand box for Noah, and unlike The Fountain, there's never any sense that his vision has been compromised.

It makes it all the more disappointing that the new work is so consistently befuddling. A pseudo-Biblical epic that employs generic terminology seemingly in an effort to not alienate secular audiences, Noah features plenty of big moments and impressive visual beats, but ultimately fails to cohere.

Character-wise, the film focuses on Noah's arc (sorry) as a follower of 'The Creator' whose devotion is greatly tested. Crowe's cinematic presence remains powerful, but the actor's jerkiness shines through the screen. I try to overlook actors' private lives when watching movies, but in the realm of grumpy Hollywood stars, he manages to make Harrison Ford seem cheery.

Aronofsky seems uninterested in the animals beyond a few cheaply-rendered 'crowd' shots, but there are other visual wonders to behold, not least of which is a group of Jim Henson-ish rock monster things called 'Watchers'. But visual splendour can only carry a film so far. That's not to say this is an empty film, it's just that its meat is filled with gristle that is hard to bite through.

Aronofsky's stated attempts to set this story in an ambiguous time and place amount to very little – this is Old Testament wrath all the way, and there's no mistaking it. There may be no faulting Aronofsky's ambition, but the finished product is another story altogether.

Variety (USA)

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It is never less than fascinating — and sometimes dazzling — in its ambitions.

Hollywood Reporter

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Aronofsky wrestles one of scripture's most primal stories to the ground and extracts something vital and audacious.

Empire (UK)

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Inventive, ambitious, brutal and beautiful: a potent mythological epic. But also willfully challenging, as likely to infuriate as inspire.

Dissolve (USA)

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The laudable ambition makes it easy to forgive some rough patches.

Telegraph (UK)

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A familiar story made newly poetic and strange with a flavour that’s less Genesis than Revelation.

Guardian (UK)

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What is so economical, and beautifully expressed, on the page can become a heavy, lumbering beast when translated into conventional narrative.

Time Out New York

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A wildly stupid, yet still train-wreck-fascinating piece of work.

Water Seeping Slowly In

Fantastic, wild performance by Crowe couldn't save this film from diverting from the 'plot' and giant rock monsters


I wished I'd drowned!

This movie is just that! Wet and sad. It's should of been more like "Nooooo...Aaaargh!" Yeah, kill me now. How do I ask for a refund on my time?


Drags on & on ...

A biblical dramatisation which didn't do the Bible or the audience justice. Interminable and lowest common denominator stuff.

McG

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Absolute blasphemy - one star too many.

It will make for a resonable movie under the name of Tom's deluge but certainly not Noah. When using such a title, people expect to see something similar to the true account. Facts screwed up in this film:

1. Noah's sons were already married by the time they boarded the ark.

2.Noahs first born, Shem, was 98 years old at the time of the flood.

3. Eight, yes Aronofsky, EIGHT people BOARDED the ark, not 6 + 1 stowaway.

4. The watchers looked like humans, just bigger, not slimy rock monsters.

5. The Creator spoke directly to Noah, not in a few vague dreams.

6. The Creator even gave Noah the exact measurements of the ark.

I can go on for quite some time listing hundreds of other less significant error but lets leave it at that for now. So next time, get the facts straight Aronofsky, or give your movie another name.

Brian1

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not worthy of rating

A piss take? Seems like it.

takes ridiculousness to new levels.

Believers must be left totally confused, however, a good job was done of demonstrating how blind faith can be used to justify anything.

Peter Jackson would have been proud if it were another in the middle earth yarns.


No-a-good idea Russel

Noah

Great premis for an amazing film, based on a pretty top selling book. Epic to watch, the stregth of will an struggles that a father went through doing what he felt was right. Tough. Like in 'Incredibles' -"Im not strong enough" or 'V For Vendetta' -"I dare do all that maybe become a man"... Along with a for TreeBeard look-a-likes!


76% of critics don't know what they are talking about.

The best part of the movie was the Ice cream. Save your money, buy an Ice cream.

Out2c

Out2c

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How did the world survive Noah the first time ?

Absolute rubbish. Thank goodness the person I went with paid as I would have been really annoyed paying for this movie. The absolute worst acting by Russell Crowe who was mis-cast


"God" what have they done

This was meant to be a biblical movie but was over dramatize with Hollywood influence. Had waited awhile to watch Noah with high expectation but was let down with great disappointment. It's boring and it felt like the movie has drag on for too long, but it was just over two hours long. Not a family movie and 'Parents' please don't take your kids as I have made that mistake (not pleasant for kids).

This will be the worst Biblical movie for 2014 so far as there are a few more to come.

Russell Crowe worst movie ever, no wonder why Christian Bale went and did "Exodus" than "Noah".

BrianB

BrianB

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Dreadful

I think I've seen worse but I can't think of any. Interminable, tries to out-do Lord of the Rings- and fails. Don't waste your money.