Noah Movie Analysis

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The film, Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Ari Handel was released recently in March 2014 and is based on the biblical event of Noah’s ark. Several historical books contain the story of Noah and early civilizations have flood stories recorded at around the same time period. It is hard to pin down what actually happened in the flood account because it happened in a very early time period and there are several different versions of the story. The film portrays the story of Noah in a very cinematic, intense, climatic way. The goal of the director was to make money based off of a popular biblical story, not to illustrate the event in a historically accurate way. After viewing the movie and doing research on the story of Noah, one …show more content…
There seems to be more similarities between the Bible and other primary sources than there seems to be between the Bible and the film. The film of Noah depicts the story in a dark, twisted and mysterious way. The movie starts off with a basic summary of how evil came into the world. It shows a young Noah receiving a birthright passed on to him from the line of Seth, but then it is rudely interrupted by an evil king. Flash-forward and Noah is much older, ha has a family and lives apart from the evil, desolate land. One night Noah is warned in a dream that the creator is going to destroy the world. In the flood story in The Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim is also told in a dream that a global flood was going to wipe out mankind because of their sins, just like what happens in the film. Noah’s dream is very vivid and in it he and others are drowning/“death by water,” with this Noah knows that he has to do something. He goes to his strange grandfather, Methuselah who lives in a mountain, drinks some strange tea and has a similar dream. He decides that the water does not consume all, the water is coming to cleanse. Not all will die, the innocent will survive. Men are going to be punished for their wickedness (just like in the bible), there will be …show more content…
One decision that Noah has to make in the movie is to continue the human race by allowing his sons to have wives that can bear the children. He does not think that human kind is worthy of living in the new world because humans are so evil and corrupt. In the Bible Noah commanded to take his sons and their wives to continue his family. God even creates a covenant in Genesis 9:1 with Noah telling him, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” Noah tells of the creation story- basically tells the creation story of genesis 2 and three. “It was good.” This was really neat, this was pretty accurate, but then the story kept on getting worse. Noah tells that the fall all started with a decision. Noah tells his family that humans had shattered what was good. And now their family was starting over, but now that it is just them, mankind will end. Man will return to dust. They are just doing a task to serve God, knowing that he will die. This is not what the Bible says at all. The film depicts God as a harsh and unforgiving, dark God, which is not true at all. It also shows that Humans have the capability to make huge worldly decisions

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