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'Noah' is a blockbuster? Really?

"Noah" is awash in controversy.
"Noah" is awash in controversy.
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Noah" sets to flood the box office and because of some controversy, it should do just that. But it does have to beat the power of "Divergent" to do it. "Noah" will win but it will not make what "Divergent" made last weekend. It has made $1.6 million going in to the weekend.

Which leads to the idea of what it means to be a blockbuster. The ads for "Noah," suggest this is the first must-see blockbuster of the year. If that is the case, what the heck was "Divergent"? That film zoomed in and banked $54 million. The projection for "Noah" is not that high yet it is "epic"?

"Divergent" is awash in popularity and had a solid win last weekend. But, "Noah" comes in with a not-so solid Biblical tale of the man who built an Ark to save the world, and its animals. Picking humans who would later populate the Earth once more, the tale is well known. But, the way it is told is the key here.

So much so that a disclaimer is being attached. Although Hollywood should not be looked at as a history lesson (unless one likes the history, that is), a disclaimer of this magnitude is odd. Here is the disclaimer: The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.*

The movie tries hard to bring the viewer in and then come the rock people ("The Watchers"). For a moment, one may think they ended up in "The Transformers" theater. Oh, they help Noah build the ark and protect him. Noah is a madmen who would rather kill his family than let them live and start over. There is a stowaway on the boat. Oh, there's more. Right when one thinks it is turning into a deep spiritual movie, it goes back to being one weird event.

"Noah" stars Russell Crowe as Noah and also stars Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins, among others.

Weekend
1. "Noah" - 3,567 theaters
2. "Sabotage" - 2,486 theaters
3. "Cesar Chavez" - 664 theaters
4. "The Raid 2" - 7 theaters

The film paints a more environmental Noah and less a Biblical one and this one should split down the usual political party lines but, this time it is deeper. It is beginning to show that Hollywood indeed can be and is often hostile to religious folk. Yes, most movies take liberties and this is one of them.

In the end, look for this when the film gets described. It is "visually stunning" and "it looks good" on screen. That is a way of ignoring the controversy. Movies that are good to look at often fall in its plot and story development. The acting is usually solid as well, but is wasted because the film "looks good."

But, it also doesn't help that its director is on record noting that this is not a Biblical Noah. Darren Aronofsky indicated that this film is "the least biblical film ever made." Let the flood begin, on both sides. Actually, it already has.

Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in "Sabotage" to less fanfare. Less fanfare in this report, too. Let's move on. Oh, he takes on drug cartels. With "Cesar Chavez," it is the per screen average that will be eyed. Michael Pena stars as Chavez. His non-violent battle for the farm worker gets big screen attention.

"The Raid 2" indicates that there was a first one. There was. It is a genre film for fans of that genre for sure.

* The disclaimer is for the promos.