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Friday, March 28, 2014

Noah Moive Review (2014)

The Good: The visuals were really great throughout the film. The camera work and special effects were just captivating to watch. The hints of supernatural occurrences were subtle and did not overtake the movie, but were just enough to know that something "else" was at work. The action scenes are actually pretty good too. Who knew Noah could kick butt? "The Watchers" may remind you of the old 1980 claymation movies, but they were very intriguing to watch nevertheless. Oh and Anthony Hopkins' character was a nice bit of unexpected comic relief.

The Bad: Probably the most debated issue will be the story. The vast majority of people will walk into the movie carrying a certain expectation of the movie and may feel some type of way. afterwards. So it will be a toss up whether or not the average movie goer will enjoy the "alternative directions" this movie takes. The movie is about 2+hours but it does cover a lot of material.

The Reason: This movie was "inspired" by the Biblical tale of Noah. It is NOT a direct adaptation of the movie. That in itself will make this kind of difficult to review because any time you mix religious stories with "Hollywood artistic interpretation", you probably will have a mess on your hands. Despite the fact that this version of the movie Noah strays away from the Biblical text, and loosely utilizes the apocryphal books (like the book of Enoch), it wasn't a completely bad movie. I believe that the movie will gain whatever success due to the perceived controversy and not because of the actual movie's content. In other words, you'll probably be tempted to see it just to see what all the fuss is about. My recommendation would be this: If you wish to see a depiction of the Biblical story of Noah, do not bother with this movie. You will be disappointed. If you don't mind watching an alternative version of a "generic flood story" (that hijacks the name Noah for the sake of notoriety), then feel free to watch this as a matinee or wait for the rental. IMAX is not necessary.

The Rating: 6.5/10

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