Bible movies to 'flood' screens, return religious films to the box office this year

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  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    March 3, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    "It really isn't hard to see where a flood legend could come from." Polynesians in different locations picked up on flood legends. So how did that happen.

    I liked the Ten Commandments when I was little. Nowadays it makes me sick. They weren't that puffed up. How could they live? You can't imagine that any of them would have ever had to go to the bathroom, snore, sneeze, get indigestion.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 3, 2014 12:05 a.m.

    At the end of the last ice age, the rising ocean breached a height of land at what is now Istanbul, probably because of seismic activity. The area is still known for it. More than ten cubic miles of seawater inundated the much lower black sea basin behind that land bridge every day. For months. In flatter areas, the sea would have moved miles inland every day. A microclimate would have been created in the flooding regions. It really isn't hard to see where a flood legend could come from. If hollywood can make a buck casting a caucasian cast in the role of characters in the legends that grew out of this flooding, they will do so.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    March 2, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    re: Oatmeal

    "Why do we so readily trust our theology/exegesis to screen writers and film directors? Will the artistic medium overwhelm the doctrine?"

    Because John Hagee, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, & Pat Robertson already have day jobs.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    March 1, 2014 1:45 a.m.

    "Hollywood disregards religion when making movies." :-( "Hollywood gets it wrong when depicting religion." :-( "Hollywood liberal Democrats shouldn't be allowed to make movies about religion." :-( Grump, grump, grump. We're a happy lot, we Christians, aren't we? Why aren't nonbelievers just flocking to our fonts?

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    If they did make a movie on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, most viewers would be disappointed when they discovered that the reason for the destruction wasn't what they'd like to believe. (Hint: read the book of Ezekiel to find why they were destroyed. It had nothing to do with sex.)

    Personally, I think the story of Elijah would make a great movie. Good vs. evil, apostasy and redemption, disaster averted, and the special effects for the fiery chariot carrying him to heaven would doubtless be spectacular.

  • SuperWittySmitty New York, NY
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:24 a.m.

    I think another depiction of the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah would be redundant- we've already seen it- check out that German mini-series on the fire-bombing of Dresden- very well done. Besides, some people read those parts of the Bible that have to do with punishment and retribution, over and over, obsessed with the wrong idea. It would make more sense to focus on things that we can identify with, like the story of hope and redemption as found in the teachings of Christ. Living in the archaic world of the Old Testament is not how a Christion should exist.

  • SuperWittySmitty New York, NY
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:09 a.m.

    A movie based on Sodom & GHomorrah would probably be another boring disaster film, with two cities being blown up. I doubt viewers would see a lot of similarity with today, though. In spite of the crazies who are all about destruction, prophecy, and punishment, that's not really the reality of life. We are a lot better than that and prefer to look forward for affirmation.

  • SuperWittySmitty New York, NY
    Feb. 27, 2014 2:46 a.m.

    Movies that come out of Hollywood are all the product liberal Democrats, except the ones made by conservatives. Then they pretend film makers espousing a right-wing perspective, from Clint Eastwoood to John Wayne, are operating "outside the box." Please, if the message resonates with the people, it will become popular. I think the right wing has too little faith in its message and wants to also blame "the movies" for how little credibility it has left in the mind of the typical American. The main reason we do not film the story of Sodom & Gomorrah over and over is that the average film-goer sees little in that story that is applicable today. Sure, some who like to read it over and over will pretend that it's an idictment on today's society, but I suggest you go back and re-read it on your own. See what you think. You'll probably find it wanting, as most people do.

  • donquixote84721 Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 7:26 p.m.

    I am not promoting anyone of these movies, but we need to vote with our bucks, if we want to see more of this type of movie.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:53 a.m.

    I won't attend/watch any religious movie made by Hollywood liberal Democrats. The recent announcement that a soon to be released film was modified to eliminate a character that looked like Obama is a good illustration of how political correctness will always come first to Hollywood types. They enjoy destroying stories based on scripture.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    I would like to see a movie done on Genesis 6, in which angels in heaven find that earth women are quite attractive, so they come to earth and mate with the earth women producing a race of giants called the Nephilim.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    Any movie on the bible and scriptures in general would be hard to depict accurately since the only thing we know for sure is it's all been translated numerous times from numerous texts and languages. Each translator interpreting it to his own understanding.

  • dbonham DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    They should do one on Sodom and Gomorrah. I wonder if this world even reads or acknowledges that part of the bible..

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    Wouldn't take much to do better than that snuff film gibsen dumped on America.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:11 p.m.

    Will there be dinosaurs, duck billed platypi, and kangaroos on Hollywood's ark? Stay tuned.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 7:34 p.m.

    It is great to see more fantasy films coming from Hollywood.

  • Jim Mesa, Az
    Feb. 20, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    Ah hollywod, never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    Feb. 20, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    @Woods Cross UT

    The more we learn the more we see that the things we held as doctrine are not any more accurate than what could be dreamed up by screen writers.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    It is obvious that any rational reading of Genesis or Exodus reveals that much of these accounts are ancient mixture of history and allegory.

    Why do we so readily trust our theology/exegesis to screen writers and film directors? Will the artistic medium overwhelm the doctrine?

  • California Cougar Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 20, 2014 12:12 p.m.


    You may want to check out the 1966 Movie, "The Bible, in the beginning..." which was produced by Dino Di Laurentis and directed by John Huston. It covers the first 22 chapters of Genesis in 5 separate segments, from the Creation to Abraham. One of the segments portrayed the story of Noah and the Flood, and starred Huston as Noah. He did a good job IMO.

    I agree with you on "The Ten Commandments." Pretty tough to match Heston's Moses.

    I look forward to seeing all three of these just because of the subject matter. Might also have some opportunities to "hasten the work" as well.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    ok, imabeliever, that was hillarious. well done.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    To: GZE, it would take a miracle to duplicate Jesus.

    Feb. 20, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    Why can't someone make a Jesus movie with an leading man who looks the part?

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    If that film with Russell Crowe about Noah is aimed at a modern day audience with a global warming message, one wonders what impact humanity was supposed to have played back then. Not too many human caused co2 emissions that I can think of in those days.

    As for the rest, I'm really glad to see that big time producers are using the Bible for more hopefully great religious movies. In an era when there are many victories for the anti religious athiest forces in America, this seems to be a countervaling force. What goes around, comes around.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    I am looking forward to "Noah" as I do not recall any cinematic portrayal of this subject in my lifetime, and he is a man greatly revered in my LDS faith.

    There have been many versions of the life of Christ, my favorite being "Jesus of Nazareth", but don't know if the latest will have anything to offer as the picture looks like it presents a good-looking and popular Jesus, which does not figure if you have read Isaiah, Chapter 53.

    "The Ten Commandments" might prove hard to beat but a good new version of the Exodus would be appreciated. I hope this new one lives up to my hopes.