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Two words: Hermione.
Before anyone thinks that this movie is going to be like the Biblical narrative, everyone needs to read Brian Godawa’s article, “Darren Aronofsky’s Noah: Environmentalist Wacko.”
I wonder if the movie will have the reason why God sent the flood and judged the earth and quote Genesis 6:5,
“And the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth; that every intention of the imaginations of his heart was only evil continually.”
Here are a couple excerpts from Godawa’s review of the film:
“Though God has not spoken to men or angels for a long time, Noah is haunted by recurring dreams of a rainstorm and flood that he surmises is God’s judgment on man because as Noah says, “At our hand, all he created is dying.” The trees, the animals, and the environment. “If we change, if we work to save it, perhaps he will too [save us].” Or as grandfather Methuselah reiterates, “We have destroyed this world, so we ourselves will be destroyed. Justice.” Oh, and I almost forgot, they kill people too, but it’s not really as important. In another place, “We have murdered each other. We raped the world. The Creator has judged us.” The notion of human evil is more of an afterthought or symptom of the bigger environmental concern of the great tree hugger in the sky.”
“Meanwhile, Noah has himself become a bit psychotic, like an environmentalist or animal rights activist who concludes that people do not deserve to survive because of what they’ve done to the environment and to animals. Noah deduces that God’s only reason for his family on the boat is to shepherd the animals to safety, “and then mankind disappears. It would be a better world.” He concludes that there will be no more births in this family so that when they start over in the new world, they will eventually die out, leaving the animals in a humanless paradise of ecoharmony and peace. As Noah says, “The creatures of the earth, the world itself, shall be safe.””
So it sounds like this is just another out-of-context, blah film with a slight pulling of a Biblical narrative huh? That makes me feel pretty ok with having seen Thor: The Dark World last week.
Guess I’ll have to stick with those Marvel movies that I keep going to see. Lord knows it’ll be better than this tripe.
I don’t know what is truly a worse twisting of the Biblical narrative on Noah and the Great Flood of the Lord – that Noah and Methuselah are environmental activists with charismatic-like visions OR that people are somehow warring to get into the ark. The Lord Jesus says himself in Matthew 24:37-41 that the people were completely unconcerned with any coming judgment.
I just saw a comic-book movie, but thanks anyway.
I will wait and see . I will probably see it . Plus I expect some retooling in the editing room as to make it closer to the Bible so as to tap into the religious market but I have very low expectations.
I look forward to the outcomes of things that are “meant for evil” but God uses for good. The movie may be wayyyy off, but anything that might spark someone to read the real story, and therefore read God’s real Word – I’m all for it.
I hate the way Hollywood always twists the Word for its on ends, but as Jason says above, let’s hope some good comes of this.
Comparing pollution to sin, I’m not entirely sure what to think of that. There is a growing belief among young Evangelicals that as stewards of the earth we’re under a Godly injunction to take care of it. I suppose this movie will shed light on how many ppl agree with that notion.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
That is all…….
Well, aside from Noah, here’s a few other shows that are dealing with biblical themes:
This one, Resurrection,
Is supposed to debuting in March. Looks interesting I guess but that it’s going to be ABC we’ll see how it’s received.
The other one on the Sundance channel is called The Returned is a bit more interesting:
I think it’s billing as more of a horror/zombie apocalypse film but it’s still more of cult show at the time with it’s popularity more centered in Europe:
If either of these gain real mainstream popularity it could open a door to a lot more programming of this sort.
Those who ask for an accurate and literal rendering of Scripture in film might wish to reconsider.
Do you really want a portrayal of infants and children drowning in a flood sent by their Creator to punish the sins of others?
Are you sure you’d like to see human beings buried and sand and be beaten to death with rocks because they gathered wood on the Sabbath or had extramarital sex? Do you really think films like the “The Stoning of Soraya M” ended up portraying Islam in a favorable light?
How many folks would feel kindly towards Moses after he ordered the killing of every male Midianite child and the kidnapping of the female virgins for the use of his armies?
It would take a certain level of narrative brilliance to be able to paint these events in some sympathetic and understandable way …. I’m not sure even Spielberg could pull it off without using a considerable degree of extra-Biblical and speculative story-telling.