"NOAH" from Paramount/New Regency opens Fri., March 28, 2014.
STARS: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Nick Nolte and Frank Langella.
DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan")
SYNOPSIS: Noah (Crowe) suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to save his family from the coming flood.
Director Aronofsky professes a nearly life-long fascination for the title character and has treated that character with much reverence in this film. Obviously, he had to take journalistic license with the storyline and dialogue but has turned out a 'fascinating' and thought-provoking epic worthy of being compared to other Biblical epics. Tis type of film is always risky because of the fallout from the unforgiving zealots, especially the ones who claim that God has spoken directly to them. In this case, Aronofsky won because many of them like what he did.
Although this story is but one small part of the book of Genesis, it is quite an important part. A massive flood that engulfs the entire earth, washing away its sins has a noticeable effect on history itself. It's difficult to ignore the significance of that event and the resultant changes. Not to mention the obvious stress on the family dynamic. This isn't just a weekend cruise on Lake Minnetonka.
Russell Crowe, who won he role over Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender, does an incredible job here. Emma Watson is outgrowing her Harry Potter days quite well. Jennifer Connelly is always good and the supporting cast is brilliant. This should do very well this weekend. Great special effects.