If you’re hoping that next April’s release of the “Noah” film is the next Christian blockbuster that will inspire people to seek God, you might want to hold your wallet – not your breath.
A rough cut of the movie, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma “Hermoine Granger” Watson, has been held up to the light of Scripture and has been found to be grossly different.
Even the trailer makes it obvious that the producers took many liberties, playing fast and loose with the biblical text.
Listen to what Crowe himself had to say about Noah being “not even very nice,”for letting humans perish, even though as Todd Friel points out, the real Noah was a preacher of righteousness:
In his article titled “Don’t Be Taken In By The Noah Movie’s Promotion, Ken Ham over at Answers in Genesis suggests that this movie might just be another Hollywood con:
I believe the trailer was put together very carefully and cleverly to attract Christians and Jews—those who might be inclined to pay to see the film and not speak out against it. In fact, many Christians and Christian organizations have already come out publicly to say they can’t wait to see this movie.
Ham offers 12 “problem areas” that discerning Christians should be aware of:
- In the film, Noah was robbed of his birthright by Tubal-Cain. The serpent’s body (i.e., Satan), which was shed in Eden, was their “birthright reminder.” It also doubled with magical power that they would wrap around their arm. So weird!
- Noah’s family only consists of his wife, three sons, and one daughter-in-law, contrary to the Bible.
- It appears as if every species was crammed in the Ark instead of just the kinds of animals, thus mocking the Ark account the same way secularists do today.
- “Rocks” (that seem to be fallen angels) build the Ark with Noah!
- Methuselah (Noah’s grandfather) is a type of witch-doctor, whose mental health is questionable.
- Tubal-Cain defeats the Rocks who were protecting the finished Ark.
- A wounded Tubal-Cain axes his way inside the Ark in only about ten minutes and then hides inside. Tubal-Cain then convinces the middle son to lure Noah to the bottom of the Ark in order to murder him (because he was not allowed a wife in the Ark). Tubal-Cain stays alive by eating hibernating lizards. The middle son of Noah has a change of heart and helps kill Tubal-Cain instead.
- Noah becomes almost crazy as he believes the only purpose to his family’s existence was to help build the Ark for the “innocent” animals (this is a worship of creation).
- Noah repeatedly tells his family that they were the last generation and were never to procreate. So when his daughter-in-law becomes pregnant, he vows to murder his own grandchild. But he finally has a change of heart.
- Noah does not have a relationship with God but rather with circumstances and has deadly visions of the Flood.
- The Ark lands on a cliff next to a beach.
- After the Flood Noah becomes so distant from his family that he lives in a cave, getting drunk by the beach.
- “Oh Noah, you didn’t!” – Noah (2014) (somanyquestionsblog.wordpress.com)
- New ‘Noah’ Film Starring Russell Crowe Flooded With Controversy (christiannews.net)
- Hollywood looks to the Bible for screenplay potential (religionnews.com)
- As Hollywood Goes Back to the Bible for Ideas, T. D. Jakes Hopes Faith-Based Films Go More Mainstream (blackchristiannews.com)
- ‘Son of God’ rises in 2014 (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Mark Burnett’s Jesus Christ Movie Get Release Dates From Fox (thewrap.com)