Film review: Noah

If you can forget for a moment that hundreds of millions of people around the world believe the story of Noah literally happened, then you might actually enjoy the epic film director Darren Aronofsky fashioned out of the source material. Reflecting on the events at the dawn of civilization and using some ambitious set pieces, including a flood that covers the globe, Aronofsky had his work cut out for him, and he mostly rises to the task.

Noah is based on the events contained in the Bible, but instead of making a literal interpretation as one may have assumed he would, Aronofsky has gone for wall-to-wall drama, with all the pluses and minuses such a description implies, and he even hints at a middle ground between creationism and evolution.

The film opens with an explanation of the state of affairs at the beginning of time. Adam and Eve had three sons: Abel, Cain and Seth. Cain killed Abel and left Seth behind when he fled to the East, where he founded a city that quickly spread across the globe to cover the virgin planet in industry within just a few generations.

To read the full review, visit The Prague Post. Noah is currently on wide release in Bulgaria.

(Still of Russell Crowe in Noah. Photo: Niko Tavernise – © MMXIII Paramount Pictures Corporation and Regency Entertainment (USA) Inc. All Rights Reserved.)