Noah

  • Review Date: March 28, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 138 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dark biblical tale is brutal, violent, gory.
  • Review Date: March 28, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 138 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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.

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. 

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Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 28, 2014
DVD release date:July 29, 2014
Cast:Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson
Director:Darren Aronofsky
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Brothers and sisters, History
Run time:138 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content

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Parent of a 8, 9, and 14 year old Written byRickNJess April 6, 2014
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2
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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, similar to something graphic like Saving Private Ryan, but they're using knives and spears instead of guns on tanks. There is one part where the "evil" people tear apart an animal w/ their bare hands and eat it. It happens so fast that there are animal parts flying and blood splattering. How did they get away with a PG-13 rating? I'm not sure. This is far from the type of violence that we might see in Avengers. It should be noted that any time you ask yourself, "is this from God?" and the answer is still a question, we can be assured it's from the Satan. I watched the entire movie very intently to answer that question that I should have already known. At the end of the film, Noah wraps the snake skin that Satan shed right before he tempted eve around his arm to bless his new born grandchildren. I'm not kidding. Are we supposed to be alright with that? Nothing in this movie is biblical at all, except the parts all of us already know from children's bibles. Although, almost all of that story was changed. I guess I should have known when I saw the poster that the axe isn't for chopping wood, is it? Satan's plan here is not only to make Noah, the prophet, seem more mythological and crazy than ever before, but he also wants use to doubt God and his very existence. I'm sure you know how that saying goes. I would not recommend this movie to anyone.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written bydbphunter April 5, 2014
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17
QUALITY
 

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 newborn twin granddaughters. He tells his whole family that God wants them to die. He is made out to be an callous evil man. It was extremely disturbing. I am extremely saddened to know that Hollywood made this man out to be a religious zealot willing to kill his own family to do the "creator's will". I wish I had listened to the people who said not to watch it. It would have been a much better, more uplifting movie, if Noah had been portrayed as a caring man like in the Bible.
Adult Written byJEDI micah April 1, 2014
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14
QUALITY
 

Hollywood could've done better.

As a Christian, I was actually kinda hyped to see this movie. But after it, I was a little disappointed. Reasons are is that there are quite a few inaccuracies of the story of Noah. First off, the angels that came down from heaven to turn themselves into men didn't turn into giant "rock" creatures! Second, Noah did not try to kill his son's children. Also, 8 people were on the ark; in this movie there were like 6 or 7. Although I do admit that the special effects and battle scenes were impressive, I am not really that impressed with this movie. If you want to know the real story of Noah, read the Bible!
What other families should know
Too much violence

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