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‘Noah’ the movie is no bedtime story

by naomi pfefferman , l.a. jewish journal

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Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky
When we think about the story of Noah’s ark, cheerful images usually come to mind:  a benevolent Noah with a flowing white beard shepherding pairs of animals into a rustic wooden boat.

This is not the story that emerges in Darren Aronofsky’s apocalyptic new film, “Noah,” which opens nationwide on Friday, March 28. It spotlights a brooding Noah (Russell Crowe), a lonely righteous man living apart from hamlets of debauched, Sodom-like human enclaves.

Shot in starkly beautiful but barren landscape in Iceland, the film reveals Noah and his family as the sole vegetarians amid gorging meat-eaters who are ravaging the environment and each another. When Noah’s God-induced hallucinations begin, he envisions himself drowning in a sea infested with rotting corpses — both human and animal — and, after ingesting a psychedelic tea proffered by his grandfather, Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins), he divines that he and his wife, along with their three sons and daughters-in-law, will enact God’s plan to destroy the wicked world.

Russell Crowe as Noah  photos/courtesy paramount pictures
Russell Crowe as Noah photos/courtesy paramount pictures

But first, they build a vast, rectangular ark, to house two of each animal species. Noah and his family achieve this Herculean endeavor with the help of hulking “Watchers” — fallen angels who have incurred God’s wrath by pitying and helping mankind following the expulsion from Eden. 

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Posted by EBOppenheim
03/27/2014  at  08:30 PM
The Strike

People have to have a living…Living in SF is very expensive. The Israeli government should pay these folks and pay them well.

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Posted by Dave Peters
03/27/2014  at  09:52 PM
They receive expense accounts for

They receive expense accounts for living costs and related expenses.

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Posted by Dave Peters
03/27/2014  at  10:06 PM
And Neither is it Biblical.

The original review in the Jewish Journal portrays a plot that is a mishmash of Biblical imagery (and Nephilim does not mean Giants) from all periods of the Bible.
As a bonus, G-d is merely the “Creator”.
While it may be special-effects heavy, it is not the moral tale that the Bible relays, and therefore worth only viewing on the late show.

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