“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and only Noah remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.”
By: Maddie Jomolca
Film Director- Darren Aronofsky, who also directed the controversial films- Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan is again up against a wall of controversy with his new film “Noah”.
Aronsofky, further acknowledges that this film initially came into vision thirty two years ago as a 13-year-old student, he won an award for his poem about the bible story. It continued to inspire him as an adult.
Noah, which is scheduled for its U.S. release, opens in theatres on Friday-March 28th, and is slated, albeit the looming debate, to be a box office hit. The movie which inherently tells of the life of the biblical character played by Russell Crow, is said to depict a far less stable or sound man of great faith in God (Noah), but instead lingers on the boundary of fanaticism as Noah’s mental equilibrium is bound up with the fate of humanity, and that his actions may have a lesson to teach us.
In the book of Genesis (6:1 – 9:17), we understand how God saw how great wickedness had become and decided to wipe mankind from the face of the earth. However, one righteous man among all the people of that time, Noah, found favor in God’s eyes. With very specific instructions, God told Noah to build an ark for him and his family in preparation for a catastrophic flood that would destroy every living thing on earth. God also instructs Noah, gather a specific count of specific animals to bring to the ark, and after they entered the ark, rain fell on the earth for a period of forty days and nights.
The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain have banned the movie because it depicts a prophet, and the National Religious Broadcasters threatened to boycott the film unless Paramount, the film’s distributor and co-financier with New Regency, issued a disclaimer that the movie isn’t a literal interpretation of the Genesis story. Even politically conservative American television and radio host, political commentator, and author- Glenn Beck weighed in with- “It was awful,” Beck said on his radio show Monday, calling it “pro-animal” and “strongly anti-human.” One blogger referred to Noah’s character as “an environmental whacko”! … continue reading article here
But if nothing else, the film does, in fact, deliver not only an interesting plot and use of great cinematography, but is also due to infuse an impetuous sense of intrigue and desire from the viewers and general public to become better aware of the biblical story via Scriptures. In an add, creating and promoted by the New York Times, the bible application- YouVersion is inserted, which has denoted that many have been encouraged to visit and download the site.
The Lifechurch.tv , creators of YouVersion team had this to say about the ad: “NY Times “Noah” Ad Encourages Bible Reading…In a full-page ad in yesterday’s New York Times, the makers of the new epic film Noah recommend you read the biblical account of Noah’s story in the Bible App. We couldn’t agree more!”
INSPIRED will follow up with a full report and review on the movie. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you, and your own personal take on the film!