Whenever you get anything biblical on screen it tends to draw out people from all aspects of the philosophical gradient. I myself am already skeptical of what if anything could possibly be accurate about a blockbuster creation of an event in history as versed in the Bible. So as I approach these type of films I do so with a diligent caution and with critical thinking intact. The hope of most films is to insert an underlying, covert message to the lowered guards of the viewers mind through outlandish cinematic graphics and music that tunes you into the right state of emotion. “Noah” did not fail to prove my caution just. I would say it is mind boggling to me how any one who is a Christian can praise such a film, in fact it is a very awkward and uncomfortable film to sit through if you are one with any type of biblical literacy. So it floors me as I have read Christians who are applauding the film.
What makes this film so offensive is that it steals an account in the Bible, inserts it with all types of ism’s and then packages it as a “creative” retelling of a bible “epic”. The creators of the film perform this act of mental deception so covertly and subtly that if one is not keen on these ideological positions, they can be easily mislead. Regardless of the subtle statements the film makes that undermine and in my opinion attack God’s character, there is still an overt sense one gets, that “something isn’t right about this” feeling you get when you watch “Noah”.
As I sat watching this movie I was wishing I had brought a pen and pad to jot down a few of these subtle nuances that can easily be taken for just creative story telling, in hope to share my thoughts with others. So I did the second best thing and used my cell phones pad. As I examined as best as I could scene after scene I was able to notice a few things that I will state. These things are from a one time view of them film, I am sure after repeated study of the film, one can make a comprehensive conclusion about the true aim of the creators of this movie.
Frank’s Notes From “Noah”
The fallen angels (demons) are praised as victims who are being punished for an attempt to help humanity who they loved, and God is just punishing them for trying to help. This brings to mind the stories of gnostic religions who put the Devil as a friend of mankind and God as the bad guy who won’t leave humanity alone. (In the real Bible these fallen angels are attempting to destroy mankind and are part of Satan’s army aiming to ruin the plan of salvation and God’s grace to humanity.)
In the film there is no use of the word “GOD”, just an ambiguous term “The Creator” which could be anything or force, whether nature, chance, energy, or whatever anyone attributes the origin of existence to. (This is consistent with the fact that most of the people involved in the films creation do not believe in God.)
Talking to God in the film is only a subjective experience that is put into motion by dreams or being under the influence of a mind altering substance. Noah is the only one who talks to God, not his children or wife, we as the audience do not get any empirical data through the whole entire film that God even is there. In the Genesis passages God speaks empirically to humans using words, and not in subjective feelings or trance like states. (Once again this shows to the audience that communicating with God during those days was no more that “liver quiver” as my pastor would say, just pure mysticism and not an objective reality. Even though in those days God spoke to men as stated in Genesis)
There is a form of environmentalism in the movie that places the emphasis on the animals salvation and man needing to be killed off for the sake of the animals, rather than for the salvation of humanity itself. Noah’s character would be the first environmentalist in history then, placing animal life above humans, and claiming this was God’s plan. The character of Noah was clueless to the fact that God’s plan was to save him because he was the only believer with his family in those days. (In the bible God laid out his plan to Noah and there was never any misunderstanding of what he was to do)
In the film, Noah killed people in order to keep them from entering the ark, it was for him and his family alone. And God just hated everybody else and wanted to use Noah because “he would get the job done” by saving the animals and then dying off to leave earth free from humanity. (When the Bible states that God gave humanity 120 years of warning to turn to him and away from their wickedness, and not one person accepted God’s grace but all continued as evil as ever.)
This one was the most subtle and disturbing part of the film. There is a scene in which Noah gives the Genesis Ch. 1 account of creation and as your hear Russell Crow’s voice stating the Genesis account, you are shown an evolutionary view of creation. Starting with a “BIG BANG” that parallels the phrase from the Bible “let there be light”, and then the consequent evolution from cells to fish to amphibians to mammals and the last thing you see before you see a human is a MONKEY, and magically the scene changes and then you see Adam and Eve walking in the garden as the evolved creatures of this “creation” process. (This was a very disturbing visual for me, not because of the message itself but for these people to use “Noah” as a vessel to push their ideology on the sheeple of society, but what do you expect..)
I could go on and on, and I did not include the just overt biblical inaccuracies this movie had because those were just obvious. Like in the film only one of Noah’s sons had a wife, and not all three. I chose just a few major ideological views the movie portrayed in order to just shed some light on those who might not understand the implications that these convey.
God is shown as some impersonal force out of touch with his creation and he has no true control over our lives except to destroy. As a purposeless being who just doesn’t like bad people, and the basis of good and bad in the movie are based on external attributes like integrity and loyalty. Rather than the biblical definition, which is that all of us are filthy to a perfect God, and in his grace he provides a way for us to be clean and GOOD in his eyes which is not by our own actions, but on the work of what Jesus did when he took our faults upon himself so we through him claim the goodness of God. This was the same in the day of Noah, God purposed a way for all men to be saved but not one accepted it except Noah and his family and God used this one believing family as the means to keep the hope of humanity alive. God is the one who created the plan to save humanity from itself, but this fact is lost in this film. Ultimately the movie will serve a purpose because it will challenge you to find the truth of Noah’s flood and bring up questions about this event. I cannot say whether one should watch or not watch this film, I am indifferent on that point, but as a Christian I must say if you do have your critical thinking cap tightly fitted.