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Movie review: ‘Noah’ floats above criticisms

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By Ben Hanlon

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, “Noah,” an action/adventure/drama film, was inspired by the Bible story “Noah” from the “Book of Genesis.” Noah (Russell Crowe) — a descendant of Adam’s son Seth — his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly) and their three sons, Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman) and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll) live in a time where everyone had abandoned “The Creator.”
As a result, the people of the earth have turned wicked and evil towards one another and all the earth’s creatures. Noah has a dream that a massive flood destroys the world. To find out what the dream means, Noah and his family travel to see his grandfather, the very old but wise Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins).  
On their journey, they come across young Ila (Skylar Burke), whose family was murdered by scavengers. Noah adopts Ila and she joins the family on their quest. While traveling they meet the “Watchers,” large rock-like creatures who are fallen angels, cast out of heaven.
The “Watchers” help Noah find Methuselah, who serves Noah a potion. Noah has a vision that tells him he must build an ark and load up all the animals into the ark, with one male and female of each kind.
With the help of the “Watchers,” Noah builds the ark. The massive ship floats away, leaving thousands of people screaming and drowning in the flood waters.
The leader of Cain’s descendants, Tubal Cain (Ray Winstone), out of selfishness finds a way to secretly board the ark when the flood starts. He plans to kill Noah.
Additionally, because Noah believes the Creator’s plan is to destroy human life forever, he faces the difficult dilemma of killing the child that Ila (Emma Watson), now an adult, bears.
There are several controversies about the movie, beginning with the fact that “The Creator” is used as a substitute word for God. Although many may be offended by this, the different term does distract from the story.
Another controversy is the environmental theme that Earth would be better off left to animals without the existence of man. This offends those who believe God had mercy on man, giving the human race another chance to cooperate and to be a steward of the earth using everything provided, including animal meat.
The story also maintains the Bible account of the flood and Noah’s ark, but to make the movie entertaining the filmmakers added plots and storylines not based on Biblical content.
These additions offer thrilling drama and action that keep the audience entertained and engaged in the movie from beginning to end.
Keep in mind that this “Hollywood Production” was made for entertainment rather than for Biblical accuracy. Although Noah acts like a crazed hippie at times, most of the acting is excellent.
The film has fantastic graphics and highly technical, computer-generated animation.
Rated PG-13, the film may not be suited for young viewers.