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on 18 October 2016
This was actually a lot better than I expected. In the current climate it really makes a change to find a 'mythological' type film that, instead of whingeing about religion, puts the blame for the state of the world where it belongs: with the greed and violence of everyone in it. The point is laboured a little at times, but it's a fault on the right side. Up to and including the battle scene this is not a bad film and, although obviously liberties are taken, surprisingly true to the spirit of the original story. The Icelandic locations give it an interesting flavour - like One Million Years BC but a lot chillier.

Sadly, everything that happens on board the ark is pretty much a write off. [Spoilers:] You know that Ray Winstone, doing his usual Cockney geezer schtick, is never going to get the better of Noah, nor is Noah going to kill his granddaughters - I mean, not only do you consciously know that those things won't happen, there's no emotional sense that they *might*. He's Russell Crowe FFS! This pointless half-hour sucks the life out of the film and prevents you caring much about the end.

So it's three stars but a 'pleasantly surprised' rather than 'disappointed' three. I do think they missed a trick, though: I was hoping for an epic tussle between Ray's forces and all those budgies and squirrels - but no.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 October 2016
Although based on the Biblical story of the flood, this film is essentially a fantasy epic. And as fantasy, this is an entertaining movie full of action and adventure. It's an apocalyptical story, with God deciding to bestow chaos on the world - destroying hitherto creation, aside from the survivors on Noah's Ark. And the film focuses on Noah and his family, as they build the Ark. All goes well, until many thousands of men and women seek to survive the flood by boarding the Ark. To prevent this, Noah relies on the assistance of the Watchers (fallen angels). Once the flood has occurred, Noah expects humans to become extinct ... believing that the human species is underserving of living in the newly-formed creation. This belief does, however, pit Noah against his family.

The basic plot is well known. Yet this film adds much by way of creative license. The acting is good, the special effects are great, and the story proceeds in a fascinating manner. So long as you're not after a literal re-telling of the Biblical tale, and to the extent that you're willing to engage in fantasy, then I recommend this movie.
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What an odd movie. I think by the end I thought this is more about man vs environment than some religious devotion movie. I as curious as to what motivated Aaronofsky to direct this, and it's mix of fantasy mixed in with the bible story and the environmental issues, kind of made it clearer but still, odd but I enjoyed the epic nature of it. The Icelandic landscape in much of the shots is awesome. I did find the whole procreation from one family very ... Uncomfortable. Biblical stories are contradictory aren't they? Maybe made sense in times gone by, but there is a bit of eeeeew factor about the whole keep it in the family thing.

Russell Crowe is very good as the internally conflicted Noah, and Emma Watson is very very good in her role.
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I am going to base my review on the film as a film a material of entertainment yes this is a story from the bible but as a film it is good the scenery is amazing the way the director has used the environment is great there are strong characters and good actors yes it may not be true to the bible but you must remember how many films have there been made to the truth. The film can have upsetting moments so being a 12 I would not like my 12 year old seeing some scenes so it could have been a 15 the film is good the effects are good my review is based on it being a film not about my belive in how it was.
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on 1 August 2016
Russell crowe is really good in this movie.
The ark is really good and packed to the rafters with animals - who went in in more by 2 by 2.
2hrs 12 minutes / Dolby Digital 5.1 / no extras.!
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on 30 April 2017
Not a bad film
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on 8 June 2017
Different than expected but good movie
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on 15 July 2015
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on 7 June 2015
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 October 2015
Do not look to watch this film if you're hoping for a faithful retelling of the story you may know from the Old Testament in the Bible - you will be disappointed, or even outraged depending on your religious beliefs. This should be watched as a stand alone film based very loosely on the tale of Noah and the Ark. The writers and director have their own interpretation which is not likely to match your own and, as writers and directors, they have that ability and liberty and they certainly use it here - much is added, much is left out.

As a stand alone film it has great moments - some beautiful, expansive scenery and landscapes and some very nice effects, with some particularly magical moments around the Ark and of course the animals. The flood itself is also captured extremely well and the digital/CGI team have done a great job here. I also enjoyed some of the surprising and very non-Biblical aspects that have been introduced and found this helped to distinguish between trying to watch this as a retelling of the Bible and a fantasy epic that instead poses different questions and ideas - some of which sit outside of religion, some of which are by their nature intrinsically linked to religion and our interpretation and beliefs on the matter. To this end, the film will of course divide people. Personally, I thought it was an interesting way of inviting the viewer to ask questions, rather than just repeat information as a truth that we either accept or reject.

Outside of that, the acting is generally superb from the main cast but the film's pacing loses its way too often and as a result the film often felt like it was dragging (in particular towards the end) and it's definitely a film that requires commitment! Sometimes the script and actions of the characters were also frustrating and the film sometimes felt indulgent and over staged. The film is also surprisingly violent in places - they don't hold back on the terrible impact and aftermath of the flood and other issues surrounding suitable procreation might also not be suitable for younger children.

Overall the film was OK with moments of greatness but it could have been improved massively by a tighter edit and shorter run time. Give it a go if you have the time to dedicate to it and can accept the fact that it isn't a dedicated retelling of the story you may already know.
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