Review: Noah

There is only one way to watch the movie Noah, and that is to go into it expecting an action movie very loosely based on the Bible.  If you are able to do that, it’s possible that you can enjoy it up to a certain point.  As a Christian, I try to find God in every movie I watch, and it is possible to find God in Noah.

The movie itself is full of action and drama, almost all of which is not scripturally sound.  However, if you dig deep enough, I believe it’s possible to see the direction the director was coming from in order to answer some questions.  That being said, I still don’t know how a Christian organization such as the National Hispanic Christian Leaders Conference could endorse a movie like this.

The premise of Noah is that Noah receives a vision from “the Creator” that the Earth will be destroyed for man’s wickedness. The Creator has charged Noah to build an Ark and save the animals.  The descendants of Cain are all wicked people who only destroy what they find and spread death and anarchy throughout the world. Noah is trying to live a “good” life with his family, far away from Cain’s descendants.  On a few occasions, Noah has run-ins with them and fights for his family.

With the help of some fallen angels that are “rock monsters,” he is able to begin building the Ark in preparation for the flood.  The Creator begins sending animals in pairs to the Ark. In the mean time, Tubal-Cain (leader of Cain’s descendants) is gathering an army of wicked people to take control of the Ark. Noah’s wife and sons assist him in preparation, along with a young girl they find injured, named Illa.  Illa is barren because of a knife wound she received in the stomach as a child. She eventually marries Shem (Noah’s oldest son). Ham and Japheth are Noah’s other sons, yet in the wrong order. Ham is the youngest biblically, but is the middle child in the movie.

The flood comes, and the wicked people attack while the rock monsters hold them off. Noah and his family board the Ark, as does Tubal-Cain in secret.  Meanwhile, Noah begins to doubt that he and his family were meant to survive–that The Creator wanted all humankind to be destroyed.  He has his mind made up that he and his family are to die after they ensure all the animals are safe.  Noah finds out that Illa is, in fact, pregnant (she was healed by Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah). Ham is upset with Noah because, in his search for a wife, he met a young girl whom he thought to be “the one,” yet she was killed in the rush to the Ark.

Feeling scorn toward his own father, Ham decides to help Tubal-Cain survive on the Ark, never revealing his presence.  As Illa is ready to give birth, in fear that Noah will kill the child, Tubal-Cain reveals his presence and attacks Noah. Noah overcomes him and attempts to kill the twins that were born of Illa and Shem. He is unable to take their lives, however, and feels like he has failed The Creator. He goes ashore and gets drunk, dealing with his “failure,” and Illa suggests that maybe The Creator did in fact want Noah and his family to survive. Through the birth of the twin girls, both Ham and Japheth now had women to marry and carry on the human race.

While Noah is drunk and naked, Shem and Japheth cover him as Ham watches. Ham removes himself from his family and departs to die alone. Roll credits.

Now let’s talk about the rock monsters. In the movie, they are fallen angels that decide to save the human race from God’s wrath. When they fell from “Heaven” they were consumed by fire and incased in rock.  The reason they decide to help Noah seems to be in penance to The Creator. As they battle the descendants of Cain and die, their souls ascend to “Heaven”.

It seems reasonable that Noah could have had some emotional conflicts about watching the world be destroyed, while he and his family are the only survivors.  It is in a vision that Noah sees his own wickedness and decides that EVERYONE is wicked and that The Creator only wants animals to survive. I can’t fathom that any of Noah’s biblical story was free of emotion and empathy toward humans.  God saw favor in him, so there must have been something he was doing that was enough to spare him.

It also makes sense that Noah would be getting drunk, dealing with everything he was processing. I enjoyed the “creative liberties” the director took in some sense. Again, going into this movie expecting biblical inaccuracies will spare you from some frustration.

Overall, Noah was just kind of boring. I was able to appreciate some of the visual presentation in the sense of seeing what it could have looked like during the chaos. The rest of the story was just unnecessary and too drawn out to get anything good out of it.  Do I think you could watch the movie and get something out of it? Absolutely, but you must go into it skeptical and neutral.

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Drew Koehler

Founder and writer for Geeks Under Grace. Christian, Husband, Father, Sailor and Geek!

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