Saturday, March 29, 2014


Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 28th March, 2014
Time : 138 minutes
Director & Writer : Darren Aronofsky; Co-Writer : Ari Handel; Music : Clint Mansell
Starring : Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth

This is a very grim telling of the biblical epic, more preoccupied with the question of whether the human race should’ve been saved / propagated further in the post ark era, than with other aspects I would’ve found more interesting like the building of the ark, the selection of the species, the logistical challenges, the beauty of the animals of that era etc

There are two kinds of people on Earth, the descendants of Cain, who are greedy, hungry, don’t believe in worshipping their Creator and willing to lay waste to the planet…and the descendants of Seth…who are completely the opposite. Noah (Russell Crowe) is born to the latter, watches his father die at a young age at the hands of the opposing camp (led by Ray Winstone)…grows up foraging, providing for his wife, Jennifer, and three kids, leading a very ordinary life…until he begins to have visions…which lead him to his task…

I found the special effects quite ordinary, the story slightly complicated (especially the concept of the Watchers), the two opposing camps too black and white and overall the film was, well, just grim…full of darkness, dim light with no one epitomizing this more than the scowling Russell Crowe who barely smiles in the film

It’s a valid, fascinating question to ask, of course, about whether the human race deserved to survive the deluge, especially at this juncture, when we’re pretty close to destroying the planet but just that it doesn’t make for a very entertaining film as the lead actors grimace and scowl through the movie...

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