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  1. Hannah
    April 2, 2014

    Why are you criticizing a film because it’s not what you wanted? Of course it’s not meant to be “biblical”, they aimed it towards the general public… Not Christians. The way I see it, it’s better to have a corny Bible story as movie than a sex crazed movie. You made your opinion VERY well stated, but it’s kind of mean. Just saying…

  2. Sunflower11
    April 2, 2014

    That was hilarious!! Awesome review. Thanks!

  3. Jack Flietstra
    April 2, 2014

    Thank’s Matt, I was already planning to not see this movie, but now it’s confirmed even more. Thanks again.

  4. markwoodworth
    April 2, 2014

    I shall see the movie Noah. The thing that most cranks my grits is the absolute arrogance evangelicals have against anything that does not fit their notion of the Bible. You have a right, I suppose, to your bias, but their claim of ownership of what the Bible says/means is laughable. The Jews adopted a story they heard in the middle east about a big flood. They wrote it down a thousand years later after many generations of story tellers told the tale around the campfire. There is no evidence of a worldwide flood. Man did not walk with the dinosaurs. Etc. Etc. To believe such shows one has not done their homework. So someone makes a movie called Noah. Its about as real as your version.

  5. Eric Van Grootheest
    April 2, 2014

    convinced, God does not need hollywood to explain His scripture

  6. Susan
    April 2, 2014

    Surprised,we’ll not really of how many judges we have in this world! Hummmm

  7. Caleb
    April 2, 2014

    If God had wanted us to know all the nitty gritty details of Noah’s life, then He would have told them to us in the Bible. But He didn’t, so we don’t need a hollywood movie to tell us something that God decided not to tell us.

  8. The GodChild
    April 2, 2014

    I’ll go along with what pmcabee says . . .

  9. Schillie Young
    April 2, 2014

    when i watched it i knew it wasnt going to be biblecal but i was expecting something more
    akin to passion of christ. spent the ark time rooting for the crazy king. it was a good doom and
    gloom movie. just bible names nothing more.

  10. Schillie Young
    April 2, 2014

    been reading some of the comments. was a bit confused by some of them insisting the moive
    was biblecal. just a reminder there are 3or4 noah movies inclouding a bible based one that just
    came out few days before this one. creation.org may have more detils.

  11. lainaburgess
    April 2, 2014

    I’ve never read a post from this guy that is not overtly negative, demeaning, and hateful toward others. But I’m going to try to find one because I’m kinda big on mercy, patience, and understanding.

  12. Leancia
    April 2, 2014

    I am not going to get into a theological debate about this movie, but thank you Matt for making me laugh and sharing your review. I haven’t seen the movie yet but after this I will wait until it comes out on cable or DVD and put my money in the offering basket at my local church :)

  13. d brown
    April 2, 2014

    Great review! thanks…

  14. Wayne Nichols
    May 3, 2014

    Dear Matt,

    Thanks for writing such a great blog. I am an English teacher of 22 years experience in Catholic education, and I know good writing when I see it. You have great insights and an excellent command of the language by which to share them.

    As for this particular post, I re-posted it to my Facebook page and commented that it is the best review I’ve seen of any movie, ever. I do not understand the negative comments you’ve received on this thread. Your insights are accurate and if the readers do not like what you say, then they obviously do not agree with you on more than this one issue. It makes me wonder why they are returning to your blog at all.

    As for the Noah movie having been produced according to the supposed Jewish interpretation of events: This would really have to be some kind of modern Jewish interpretation, one that depends entirely on re-inventing the entire Noah story. The traditional Jewish interpretation would not be any different from the literal Biblical interpretation. This is, after all, a part of Genesis, which was part of the Pentateuch, and well known to Our Lord and the Apostles.

    Keep up the good work, Matt.

  15. Frank Rivera
    May 3, 2014

    I went to see the movie in order for me to make my opinion about the same. I was laughing all the time at the ignorance of the script. I was waiting for UFOs to suddenly appear or a submarine coming up with a bunch of SEALs and save Noah and his family. Hey, in this free for all anything is possible including flying elephants. I just can visualize people saying: “That Noah was a real mean MF. I know what I am talking about. I saw the movie!” :-)

  16. Jeanette
    May 11, 2014

    Another great post Matt !! I love your blog and outlook on life! For those who think you are a meanie head for giving your opinion then I say ” oh well”, unlike them you actually have a backbone and dare to swim against the flow instead of swimming along with every other follower of the world. it is easy to not take a stand against unrighteousness , but I applaud those who stand firm in their beliefs and don’t waiver because they want to be “friendly” and not step on anyone’s toes. Bravo man, BRAVO!

    • Mishaps sweet
      July 30, 2014

      Very true! People are almost programmed to figure how to fit in instead of thinking does this agree with truth.. They would rather have acceptance then live in truth.

  17. Craig Godfrey
    May 14, 2014

    Ssshhh…don’t tell anyone, but somebody has kindly posted the full movie on Youtube. If you don’t want to waste 20 bucks, watch it there. No refunds with the wasted time, though, sorry.
    I had enough after about 30 minutes. To me it felt like a weird hybrid of ‘10,000BC’, ‘Gladiator’ (hence the Crowe fight scenes), with a B-grade post-apocalyptic ‘Mad Max’ thrown in for good measure (without the cool vehicles).
    The editing is very poor – with jerky transitioning from one scene to another, with no flow.
    Nothing biblical about it that I could tell, but I’m obviously not post-modern enough to draw the deep spiritual meaning from it…

  18. anti mammon conquerors
    May 25, 2014

    The movie is not Biblical. I question why any Christian supports it. The makers of the film only want money, and all their works are filthy rags. Matt, you may be a false convert. This post made me angry and irked.

    Matt , check out:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJvottOv-7Q
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUm2LHtPpOY

    You soul may depend on it.

  19. Amber
    May 27, 2014

    Thank you! This was refreshing and honest, while humorous, after the irritation of watching it. Thank you!

  20. Amber
    May 27, 2014

    If you actually read his article, you would see his is not advocating this movie, but telling people not to see it.

  21. TTUF
    May 30, 2014

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Matt. Thank you for sharing what should be obvious to every christian. Thank you for standing as a beacon of light in this sea of darkness we now call evangelism! God bless you!

  22. James T
    June 1, 2014

    Wow, that review was longer than the movie! But at least the movie was well done. Hmmm makes me wonder when Christians will start to sterilize people like cats!

  23. dubbleD
    June 8, 2014

    This movie should have never been made. the director was so stupid and hurtful to one of the cherictors, it was not right for the girl to get trampled. there was no reason to hurt those of the audience who actually care about people getting hurt for no reason at all. this movie was a disgrace on Russel crow’s acting career.

  24. Isabelle Monty
    June 19, 2014

    I don’t understand why Christians are so predatory toward movies that they can’t even comprehend. Aronofsky is a genius and I highly doubt you’re ever going to produce anything that even remotely rivals his films. If you’re going to protest any and all media that has association with anyone who might harbor different views than you, you might as well stick to watching Joel Osteen reruns or possibly that horrible contrived preachy train wreck To Save A Life.

  25. Kevin Hess
    July 12, 2014

    this was one of those movies that just says "if I only had a brain" . Terrible terrible, no honesty, badly written badly directed bad Russel Crow

  26. Charlie Mare
    July 12, 2014

    I spoke with a christian "friend" who saw the movie and she said it was good. She admitted it was not biblically accurate, "but whatever gets people to ask about the God is a good thing". I was shocked at her attitude that reflects "the end justifies the means". This is the attitude of so many who call themselves christians.

    • nathanael
      August 5, 2014

      wait a second. Your christian friend is now among those who “call themselves christians”? because they commit the great and unforgivable sin of having a different opinion than you? Sounds a little self-righteous if you ask me.

  27. Mrs. S
    August 13, 2014

    How do you validate even stepping inside the theatre to watch what you knew was trash? I am not a movie-goer, but having seen an advertisement on TV, I could have told you that you would be bombarded with Hollywood’s wickedness at its finest. And, to be frank, I think you knew that too, but couldn’t resist the temptation to go and soak it up.

  28. Robert Stone
    August 18, 2014

    They know they have zombies who will eat anything they dish out especially if it has a Bible name. Who is sicker, the cook or the ones who will eat dung.

  29. Jonathan
    August 25, 2014

    You probably should have read Matt’s review. He isn’t praising the movie only stating it was a successful money making scheme.

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    September 3, 2014

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  31. Augusts Kolms
    September 11, 2014

    Usually I'm not a glass-half-full type of person, but I do believe this movie has some redeeming qualities.
    For one, it does tell the story of Noah. Granted, the authors have taken some artistic liberties, but it is the story of Noah (plus some other things, which I'll address in a minute). After all, the Bible is quite laconic when telling Noah's story – what matters has been said, and we can fill in the blanks using our imagination, as long as we don't change the whole point. When we read the Bible, we picture what the places looked like, what the characters looked like, how they spoke… In the Noah movie, Methuselah drinks hallucinogenic tea. Fine. For all we know, maybe he did. Does it change the message? No. If God spoke through hallucinogens in this movie, then yes, we would have a problem. But I don't really have anything against the wise comic-relief grandpa. It's a movie.
    And then there are the other stories, the wife story being probably the most notable departure from the Bible. I can't help but notice the parallels of Ham's wife in the movie with Abraham's son in the Bible. Both men expect something from God, and when it looks like it's too late for God to do anything, they take matters in their own hands. Disaster ensues. Then, God comes in and gives the man what he asked for, and does so in a most unexpected way. The message being – trust God, don't rush things, you'll only hurt yourself. Have faith in God! Isn't that a great lesson?
    Another new story created by the imaginations of the scriptwriters is the story of the bad guy in the ark. Again, it's a complete departure from the Bible. But the story is really about any one of us. A christian's life is life in the ark, the God-given safe place from the storm outside. But evil still lurks within, trying to sabotage our relationships, to make our pride and ambition get us. Satan sits in a dark corner, says he understands you and tries to entice you to sin. And too many of us have listened to him and made the wrong decisions. (I know I have.)
    Then there are the rock giants. Their story is one of redemption. Theologically, it's a wild idea that fallen angels can be redeemed. However, we don't have to take it literally. This story just serves as a reminder that God never forgets about us, and as long as we're here, we still have the chance repent and ask for His forgiveness. The angels had messed up and indirectly brought about this disaster, and they showed true remorse – they did their best to fix it by aiding Noah in his mission and asked God to forgive them. Notice how God's forgiveness restored them to their former selves. This is about us. Our sins weigh us down and cripple us. Only God can forgive us and take this weight off us.
    My biggest issue with this movie is the flatness of the bad characters. They are bad because they're carnivores, or maybe it's the other way around. There's also their greed regarding natural resources. I would have liked more dimension to their sinful ways. With that said, Tubal-cain is an okay bad guy character. His words provide food for thought, and comparing him to Noah might provide some interesting character study, but I won't address it here. Another issue of mine is the story of Noah going crazy inside the ark and threatening to kill the babies. In all fairness, desolation might make a person snap in this kind of way. But the resolution of this story was not very satisfactory, as it didn't provide any real answers.
    Speaking of answers – the Noah movie presents some good questions. What does it mean to be a man? What makes us inside the ark (the saved ones) different from those outside? Again, this is food for thought, because the movie doesn't provide answers, only questions. In fact, there are more questions than answers in the Bible as well, so I won't complain about questions. It's a movie that leaves you thinking. And that's a good thing.
    By the way, The Passion of the Christ also takes some artistic liberties and does some classic Hollywood exaggerations – the creepy Satan-thing with the creepy Satan-baby comes to mind, just like the anatomically impossible amounts of blood spilled by Jesus.
    I guess what it really comes down to is whether or not you insist on the movie being an accurate retelling of the source material. If you can look past that, you will see a Hollywood action/disaster movie that deals with serious existential and faith-related issues in a way no such movie has ever done before. And the stories added by the writers are seriously not bad, and they do teach us some valid lessons – maybe even more so than some "Christian" movies.

  32. Leah N Leo Calderon
    September 11, 2014

    Well…looks like we won't be watching "Noah". Thanks Matt!

  33. Eleanor Boening
    September 12, 2014

    Thank you Matt. My husband and I will not be going to see this movie due to your spoiler.

  34. blair
    December 1, 2014

    I recently watched this movie and wanted to surf the web to find some other people’s thoughts. I agree with Matt’s blog post. This movie is awful. I’m a Christian and love good movies whether they are R rated or G or anything in between. I think most of Kirk Cameron’s movies are bad (sorry Kirk). So I am a very open minded watcher. But this movie Noah is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Rock Transformers? Really? Even if you dont believe in God, as a filmmaker you must understand that the texts you are attempting to take the story from is sacred to people that might want to see your film. So when you put in these talking Rocks, i mean what in the world? Its laugh out loud bad. “Man is evil” – yes understood – but not because of the multitude of sins that they could possibly commit – but because they eat meat and pick flowers? And its so contrived about attempting to create a “good guys vs bad guys” dynamic. Fallen angels are now good? Huh? Where is Satan? I’m having trouble finding any group that this movie could possibly appeal too?

    I guess if you are an environmentalist atheist vegan type who enjoys seeing the Bible mocked – this is the movie for you. Since those types make up at most 1% of the entire world – I guess I can understand why this movie BOMBED at the Box Office.

  35. Trinidad Youthman
    December 27, 2014

    i side with you, i liked the movie a lot…you are a smart person, meticulous and very very obervant, i wish i could say the same for the author of the article

  36. Jim
    January 4, 2015

    This blog post, though slightly entertaining at times, is ironically similar to the movie it mocks. The headline, like the movie, seems devised to interest the various sensibilities of its viewers.

    The verdict? Four stars for click bait.

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