This is a weekend that has been building for some time. That's because there are people out there who feel that no one should try to do interpretations of the Bible that don't stick to the original text word for word. Which can make it hard for filmmakers who have a passion for a particular story, but the original text is light on details.
So, this weekend we have a biblical epic about the world flooding that takes a more modern view of the story of Noah and his ark. At the same time we have a new action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger for those who haven't had enough action films so far this year.
Here are the movies opening March 28, 2014:
Noah - Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly. Crowe plays the man who God speaks to and tells to build a giant boat and then get two of every animal into it because God is ticked off with the world. Yeah, God wants to wipe the slate clean like an Etch-a-Sketch with a flood. The movie is directed by award-winning director Darren Aronofsky and Aronofsky stated that he wanted to bring a more contemporary approach to the story rather than trying to film the few flimsy chapters in which Noah features in the Bible. This is now an action-filled epic with big-budget special effects. Christians who want a literal interpretation should probably avoid this one, but those looking for a big budget epic will enjoy this. Reviews are surprisingly positive for this one saying that it is a feast for the eyes and a thrilling adventure. Rated PG-13.
Sabotage - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington. Another action film in the line of movies that Arnie has made since he left the office. So far, he has yet to make a domestic hit with either audiences or critics. In this film Schwarzenegger is the head of an elite DEA taskforce who deals with the world's most dangerous and deadly cartels. During one raid that turns out to be an elaborately staged heist of a huge amount of money - the team thinks they got away with it. Then the members of the team start getting killed off one by one and then the action starts. Critics are viciously attacking this one saying it is gratuitously violent and that people get hurt for seemingly no purpose. There have been critics who praise Schwarzenegger's performance, however. Rated R.