'Noah' blockbuster has almost everything going for it, except diversity

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 12, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure that Noah wasn't a Jew. He wasn't even a Hebrew. We can't say that he was a member of a Semetic race at all. So the arguement about diversity means nothing. These preachers are putting 21st Century mores on what happened 5000 years ago.

  • Brother Dave Livermore, CA
    April 9, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    I just finished seeing the "Noah" movie about 45 minutes ago. When leaving the theater several others leaving almost said in unison, "That's not the Bible's version of the Noah story. It's the 'Hollywood' version." I echoed back the same observations.

    A few decades ago, Bill Cosby, while doing his comedian thing, did "his" version of the Noah story. After seeing the current "Noah" movie, I have to think that Bill Cosby was closer to the Biblical version than this recent release currently in the theaters. I'm sure the audio of Bill Cosby's "Noah" is somewhere available on the internet.

    Have a Good Day!!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    April 8, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    Regret to say that I wasted time and money viewing this film...my wife felt exactly the same.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 8, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    BYU Track Star,

    There are estimates that go above 5 million animal species leaving out microscopic life like bacteria. I don’t know how many there were in the time of Noah but it does call to mind the Roy Scheider line from Jaws. “I think you’re going to need a bigger boat.”

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    April 8, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    To "USAlover" there are corners of Hollywood that have produced excellent Bible stories. TNT has a series of DVDs based on various bible stores. I have seen many of them, and they are quite good and remain quite true to the original text. They are not perfect, and skip details or have some things slightly wrong, but overall are quite good.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    April 8, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    Speaking of diversity: I looked High and low for Kangeroos in the ark. I sadly did not see any. Could Kangeroos have evolved after the Flood?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 8, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    The Genesis flood is a mean-spirited story. Noah and his brood survive as neighbors perish along with their terrified infants and crying toddlers. Is this the justice of God or a nightmare fable without an obvious moral to teach? There is little to be lost in the hands of Hollywood where nothing is sacred.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Again...this movie has nothing to do with the bible other than a guy named Noah and a flood. Please stop expecting Hollywood to produce anything close to what is in the Bible.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 8, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    The dialogue on this movie is becoming truly absurd. Good grief, this isn't history (there are doubts the actual account is even history), it's entertainment. People, get a grip!

  • Ticus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 7, 2014 9:47 p.m.

    There were eight people in the ark. All races, white and black and brown and everything in between, are all decedents of those eight people. Whatever races existed prior to the flood, they are all dead and nobody today is a decedent of them. It is not likely that Ham looked much different than his brothers. Any shift in skin color probably occurred gradually over many generations. Also, in Mormon doctrine the "curse of Cain" is not synonymous with dark skin. The skin color is not the curse. The curse is spiritual in nature.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    April 7, 2014 7:23 p.m.

    Between what happened after the flood and the tower of babel.

    all languages and races are explained.

  • jsteve Herriman, UT
    April 7, 2014 7:23 p.m.

    “It’s a world where only white people get saved,” Butler said. “This doesn’t look like the world that God created.”
    Ok, but it's a world where only white people are destroyed as well.Who cares that they are all white? If all the characters were black, would they have still protested? Racism will only cease to exist when we stop making such a big deal about race.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    April 7, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    Given everyone but the family dies I think it would be bad commentary to have diversity among the others.

    Were all races present in the family of Noah? That is a good question. How to explain all the wonderful people on earth if those saved by the ark all look alike?

  • jens1 Oakridge, 00
    April 7, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    Noah co-stars Jennifer Connelly, whose mother is Jewish, and Logan Lerman, who is 100% Jewish. Surely they can play Old Testament characters?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 7, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    Why expect diversity in a saga that's more like Biblical natural selection? Why expect depth in a Hollywood film that gives the Bible a comic book complexion?

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    April 7, 2014 4:20 p.m.


    According to religious (especially LDS) mythology, the "curse of Cain" predates the Flood by over 900 years.

    But since it is all fiction, religion has no good answer for the origin of races/ethnicities, just as religion has no good answer for the origin of species.

  • Ticus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 7, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    It's entirely possible that darker-skinned ethnicities didn't exist yet prior to the flood...

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 7, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    I'm not sure what the author was expecting. The guy who's supposed to be a bronze age palestinian Jew usually looks like someone from the cast of 'riverdance'.