Noah

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Noah Movie Poster Image
Dark biblical tale is brutal, violent, gory.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 138 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 44 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Faith guides you where you need to go, but as a human, you also have the power of choice. Man's connection to and responsibility toward the environment is also a theme.
 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Noah is a man of deep faith, so deep he's prepared to do anything that God requests. His wife Naameh is devoted to Noah and their family. But they're not depicted as perfect. In fact, they struggle with their humanity.

Violence

The violence is epic, bloody, and sometimes gory. Enemies club, stone, stab, or spear each other to death. A few scenes show mass graves, underwater and on dry land. Corpses are shown close up, some without limbs. A character threatens to kill babies. Humans resort to violence in a fight to stay alive. Lots of destruction shown from flooding, as well as fires and battles.

Sex

Some passionate kissing. Allusions to needing to bed people of the opposite sex in order to procreate.

Language

"Damned" is as salty as it gets.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A man drinks a brew that brings on visions. It's not clear what it is. Later he's shown what appears to be a substance that makes him drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this epic tale from director Darren Aronofsky (Black SwanRequiem for a Dream) takes on a character of biblical proportions, Noah. As befits the mayhem recounted in the bible, Noah is filled with catastrophe. The skies rain down from the heavens, drowning nearly everything, and humans are nearly feral as they battle each other for survival. There's no real swearing, just the word "damned," but plenty of brutality and gore: mountains of dead bodies are shown, sometimes close up, humans beat each other to death, sometimes with rocks, knives and spears. 

User Reviews

Adult Written bydbphunter April 5, 2014

terrible movie

Noah never talks to God. He thinks the "creator" wants the entire population to die, including him and his family. He then attempts to kill his newb... Continue reading
Parent of a 8, 9, and 14 year old Written byRickNJess April 6, 2014

Not From God

Firstly, I have no idea how this movie isn't rated R. I normally never complain about a rating, but this movie has some has some really intense violence, s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 2, 2014

Noooooooooooooooooo.......Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

first of all,only the first 30 seconds of the movie seemed a bit normal until... the watchers just had to com into play. who had the stupid idea that even thoug... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 14, 2014

HOW IS THIS 12A?! (Contains spoilers)

I saw this movie because it's rated 12A, and then I thought it wouldn't be so bad. It had many of my favorite actors, so I thought "why not see i... Continue reading

What's the story?

Russell Crowe plays Noah, a descendant from the line of Seth, son of Adam and Eve, who's beset by visions that reveal God's plan for the future: a devastating flood that will wipe out humans and help the remaining beings, including a pair of each animal roaming the earth, start over. But first he must build an ark, one that can withstand the assault of a massive flood, as well as the humans who want a place on the ark even if Noah doesn't want them in it. He must also struggle to make real God's plan while balancing his God-given ability to make choices. Meantime, his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly) and sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman), and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll), and adopted daughter Ila (Emma Watson), struggle to be by Noah's side, even as they balance their own needs and doubts about Noah's big plan. All this, as Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone) vies with Noah for supremacy -- and the ark.

Is it any good?

NOAH is a feat of filmmaking. Every frame, every angle, every shift speaks to the able hands of director Darren Aronofsky. It's a dark and gloomy version of the Biblical tale told here: Noah is tortured -- yes, tortured -- by his visions, not always at peace with the mission God sends his way. Anyone expecting an uplifting version about a man of deep faith heeding his Creator will be disappointed. Yes, Noah heeds. But he does so with plenty of doubts about his and his family's worthiness to survive, a complex and unnerving concept that some young teens may grapple to understand. This Noah doesn't pull its punches.

The film's laden with special effects, most of which is deployed in a way that serves the story. But some audiences may balk at the Watchers, hulking beings made of stone and gifted with Herculean strength that look like they belong in a Star Wars movie, not a Biblical epic. (Also, not sure these beings appear as they do in the Bible's text, one of many parts of the movie that could incite debate.) The film's mid-section feels paunchy and a little plodding, and the music gravitates toward ponderous. All this to say it's imperfect, but its epic sweep and grandeur deserves an audience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence depicted in this movie. Is it necessary? What's the appeal of watching so much brutality? How else could this story have been told effectively?

  • Is this a religious movie? Who is the target audience for this film? How can you tell?

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