Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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age 15+

Dark biblical tale is brutal, violent, gory.

PG-13 2014 138 minutes

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age 15+

Based on 32 reviews

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age 14+

Based on 52 reviews

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age 12+
NOAH borrows its story elements from the Bible, the Midrash and the Talmud, as well as the art of Gustav Dore. It is a true post modern retelling. At this point in time do we we really need a cute Sunday school postcard of Noah leading a bunch of zoo animals to the arky-arky? Of course it is a dark story: God destroyed the world. And Believe it or not, the Watchers are part of the NOAH story in some if the other sources of Jewish folklore.

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age 13+

Violent and deviates from Biblical story, but still compelling

God decides to destroy the world with a flood and tells a guy named Noah to build a boat to save the animals. That's pretty all much this film has in common with the Bible. It takes the basic idea then goes on its own journey. If that bothers you, skip this movie. If you can deal with that, there's a lot to like in "Noah." It's not for kids, though. Teens and up should be fine, provided they can deal with the violence. There's plenty of bloody fighting and death -- not to mention the mass drowning -- but it's all purposeful rather than gratuitous. Each death is sad and people suffer. I don't mind violence in films when the consequences are realistically portrayed, and that's mostly true in this movie. What's interesting -- and different from the Bible -- about "Noah" is the moral uncertainty. Noah has no doubt "The Creator" (the term "God" is never used) has given him a task, but he is sometimes unsure what that means. He struggles to follow what he believes is God's will, even when it goes against his conscience. That struggle makes "Noah" fascinating -- and possibly heretical, if you're Bible-thumper. If you can take "Noah" at face value, it's a rousing fantasy-epic, loosely inspired by the Bible, with a morally complex core. If you're a Biblical literalist, you'll have a hard time accepting the liberties it takes. -- mm
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