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Published: Thursday, March 27 2014 5:00 p.m. MDT

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fletche5
Savoy, IL

Do NOT go see Noah the movie!!!! I walked out of it (one of the first I have ever walked out of). I went trying to give Hollywood the benefit of the doubt, knowing that they would need to add some artistic interpretation given the small storyline from Genesis. However, when Hollywood injected the idea that Noah couldn't get answers from God and wanted to murder his granddaughter, I couldn't stand it anymore. I was disgusted by the portrayal of an axe wielding Noah who kills countless people. I was appalled by the fact that they made up a storyline that a bad guy secretly snuck on to the boat and conspired with Ham to kill Noah while on the boat. I was offended that they portrayed a prophet as a man not preaching repentance but as a man determined to end the human race including his own family. Besides the fact that there is a man with a boat and animals, this movie in no way follows the story found in Genesis.

guitarboy
South Jordan, UT

I saw the movie Saturday night, and although the story includes multiple elements that were wholly fabricated by the filmmaker, I came away very inspired. The following quote from the article is key:

"Darren Aronofsky is not a theologian, nor does he claim to be. He is a filmmaker and a storyteller and in 'Noah' he has told a compelling story," said Daly in a quote featured in the video. "It is a creative interpretation of the scriptural account that allows us to imagine the deep struggles Noah may have wrestled with as he answered God’s call on his life."

The film gives the viewer a lot to think about. I recommend it. To anyone who is worried about the fact that the film is merely inspired by--but not a recitation of--the Bible, consider reading Genesis 6-9 before you go, and compare the film to the real thing, identifying for yourself the similarities and the differences. In that process, one might teach oneself the real biblical story more thoroughly, through comparing and contrasting.

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