The “Noah Movie” has just been released in movie theaters and has drawn in all kinds of criticisms. Hollywood is known for making films with trash, violence, sex, immorality; you name it, they have put it on screen. However, since Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004, Hollywood has been more open to funding and producing religious themed films.
This can be a good thing, but also a bad thing. It is good because it gives exposure to religious ideas; however, it is bad because they often are inaccurate in telling the story of a particular faith or add to them. “Noah” is no different. The movie is not accurately made.
The movie turns away from sin as the cause of the Flood and replaces it with humanity’s abuse of nature and its resources. A vegetarian theme is presented throughout the film and “God” is never mentioned but is simply called “The Creator.” There is no doubt that more than half of the movie is based on artistic license. Granted, Biblical stories don’t always fill in the gaps and usually just get to the point, but with “Noah,” the “filling” was obviously slanted.
Ironically, the movie is the work of atheist director Darren Aronofsky. It is obvious that he made this film with the intention to make the story of the Flood to be nothing more than a “myth.” Moreover, there is a environmentalist tone to the movie which would probably cater to “tree-huggers” more than religious folks.
The movie begins with flashbacks of creation with Adam and Eve. Cain and Abel, Enoch and even Methuselah are brought up. This is an attempt to give credibility to the movie itself. The order of the Bible is not followed. God or “The Creator” communicated with Noah via symbols which almost makes it seem as if Noah was suffering delusions.
“Noah” is not true to the Biblical account, but the movie does open up discussion of the former. Those seeking to know the truth of the story of Noah and the Flood should rely on Sacred Scripture and not this movie. The movie is good if you like drama and action, but it is not a biblical or theological film.
Hopefully this movie will inspire people to read the Biblical account and ask questions.