Film Review: Noah

Noah (2014)
starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman

Watch the trailer for Noah

Noah Synopsis
A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.
I recently saw Noah in theaters just before Easter. I thought it was good, but it was quite different and not the Biblical Noah movie I've expected to see. A very good (and familiar) cast with Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly (reuniting from A Beautiful Mind) in the lead and in the title role as Noah and his wife. Emma Watson and Logan Lerman (plus Anthony Hopkins) were good addition to the cast.

One thing that was odd in this supposedly biblical, epic movie, Noah and other characters were not saying nor mentioning "God" at all...not even once (though I almost thought I heard at least one character mentioned it, but I don't quite remember and it wasn't clear if that particular character mention it or not). Instead, Noah and all the other characters just kept saying "the creator," which was fine hearing at least once or twice, but too many times (and not a single mention of God) was already getting redundant and just doesn't make sense especially for the filmmakers (though I've heard the director is an atheist...that probably explains why, but still...) to even make a biblical film that relates to God and not a mention of God (nor the characters shown praying to God) at all in the same film. Aside from that, I thought this movie was good.

Overall, Noah was a good (though not spectacular) movie with at least a great special effects and some action. Although, It was quite dark and much more like 300 (and kind of like Russell Crowe's Oscar winning Gladiator film, in terms of look and feel, but not even close to that film, which was far more superior compare to this movie). As for the acting goes, the cast were at least very good. The film didn't feel like it was a Noah's Ark type of film though, if not for the ark and film being based on the biblical Noah's Ark. Still, I enjoyed watching this movie for what it was.

My Noah film rating:  (8.5/10; B-)


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