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An over-the-top blockbuster of Biblical proportions

Noah may not make sense but engages the senses in a way few movies do, says GEOFFREY EU

Published Thu, Apr 3, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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DARREN Aronofsky is no by-the-book filmmaker, and even if that book happens to be the Old Testament, nothing is sacred. And so his retelling of the story of Noah's Ark is far removed from anything you may have learned in Sunday school. It is loosely (very loosely) based on the biblical version but when it comes to apocalyptic visions, fire and brimstone and the mother (or Father, in this case) of all deluges, Aronofsky may have the edge.

Noah, his epic tale of the greatest flood on earth and the man assigned by God to reboot the human race, is big, bold and way over-the-top, going well beyond the boundaries of standard revisionist fantasy. As a work of cinematic art however, the film has its kick-ass moments, with impressive spectacles of computer-generated hordes (both animal and human) on the move, an ark of, um, biblical proportions and a larger-than-life portrayal of Noah by Russell Crowe.

To borrow a phrase from an old football coach, the Book of Genesis is not just about matters of life and death - it's far more important than that. Because Noah's story resonates across different major religions, Aronofsky's film was always likely to confuse, alienate and possibly offend both believers and non-believers alike (it's been banned in several countries).

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