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'Noah,' savior and a little psychotic

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Noah (2014)


Only a few centuries after their expulsion from Eden, the descendants of Cain have ravaged the Earth, destroying the paradise left in their care by the Creator. In a world dominated by the children of Cain, the last surviving descendant of Seth, the last son of Adam, is called to the service of the Creator. Tasked with the rescue of the innocent creatures of the Earth, Noah and his family join forces with the last of the Creator's fallen angels, who'd been fooled into aiding the children of Cain, leading to the decimation of the world and to the final judgement of man. Even though Noah knows what he has been asked to do to save the innocent, his idea of innocence becomes increasingly uncertain as the final judgement of man approaches.

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Based on the biblical tale of Noah's Ark, Noah is one of the few Hollywood attempts at recreating the the biblical blockbusters of decades past. Directed and co-written by Darren Aronofsky, "Noah" presents a look at the world's first industrial civilization and how it brought the world to the brink of death. Russell Crowe stars in the title role, as Noah. Not unlike many of his performances, Crowe presents a formidable and memorable portrayal of a man caught between faith and his own sense of right and wrong. However, while his performance has its compelling moments, the irrational disregard which develops is abrupt and disturbingly ridiculous. This is especially true when various events and realities clearly confirm the invalidity of Noah's interpretation of his final purpose. At this point, it may be difficult for anyone to see the character as little more than one of those who were responsible for so much of the world's evil. Besides the very disturbing irrationally obsessive Noah, the supporting cast reacts in a way consistent with the sudden shift, expressing much of the same confusion audiences may experience. Noah's family is comprised of several film veterans and familiar faces, including Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah), Jennifer Connelly (Naameh), Logan Lerman (Ham), and Emma Watson (Ila). While Noah may make you wish that he'd missed the ark, "Noah" is filled with powerful performances, epic visuals, weird rock creatures, and lots of scorched earth. If you're in the mood for a somewhat erratic telling of a biblical extinction level event, "Noah" maybe be worth your time and the price of admission.


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