Monday, July 14, 2014

Noah 2014: Movie Review

I know this is quite late, but I just watched Noah (2014) today, and I've got some things to say about the movie.


Basically, the movie as a whole is like a mashup of the actual Noah story in the Bible but with added other elements, which are also from the Bible, such as the story of Abraham and others. It leaves us a certain question within ourselves if the destruction of our Earth was our own fault or God's. Traditional and non-modern Catholics may not find this pleasing, but as an open-minded Catholic, I think the ideology of the story is good, as if asking us deep questions we never thought we would ask.



The design of the ark is quite different from the traditional depiction of a boat, and with the presence of the Watchers (a.k.a. the stone giants), how Noah single-handedly built something humongous now has some sensible least in this movie.


The sound, however, was kind of too basic and lacked empathy for the whole film. It was a bit too much catastrophic in nature that was kind of shuffling my brain in a bad way, but it seems it was the movie's disturbing intention, contrary to the traditional Noah depictions, where there is gold at the end of the rainbow, coupled with brilliant-sounding choruses. Sound in this film take a much darker, sober tone.


Scattered spoilers beyond this point!

The Watchers, a.k.a. the rock giants are the fallen angels from heaven. They're the ones who are a nod to the story of Lucifer, who was once an angel in heaven but his rebellion caused him and his pawns to descend on earth. In this case, the Watchers feel sorry for the people that they chose to defy God (the Creator) in the film. 

Another disturbing fact is that many innocent lives were also lost, like that girl that was caught in the bear trap. Noah is caught between having to serve his God and saving the innocent, which is a big burden for him. 

I've seen this kind of plot in the anime Devil Survivor 2, where antagonist Yamato Hotsuin had no choice but to make sacrifices just because he needs to save the world from God's judgement. But in the end, his eyes were opened by a fellow survivor, the protagonist, Hibiki Kuze, that it's not too late to start over again and save what was left of the apocalypse.

In the same way, Noah went back to his family and they started anew. 

Spoilers end here.


Noah (2014), despite its traditional-Catholic-defying themes, is a great movie to watch, because of its moral values. All of us can be tasked to do something, but in the end, we are all humans, gifted with free will and we are not pawns. I believe there is a God out there watching over us, but I doubt he'd be the one who will control our lives and destroy us - most of the time, it's our fault for destroying ourselves, much like how our ecosystem dies from too much urbanization.

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