Noah (2014)




Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, Leo McHugh Carroll, Frank Langella, Dakota Goyo, Marton Csokas, Finn Wittrock, Madison Davenport, Nick Nolte, Mark Margolis, Kevin Durand, Nolan Gross, Adam Griffith, Ariane Rinehart, Gavin Casalegno, Skylar Burke

Noah (Dakota Goyo as a kid, Russell Crowe as an adult), the last descendant of the lineage of Seth, is the one chosen by the Creator to execute his will: he has to build an ark sufficient to carry a pair of each animal's species to safekeep them by the arrival of a flood that will submerge all the lands for a long time.
After building the ark, with the help of the Watchers - fallen angels confined on Earth as stone golems - he, his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), their sons Shem (Gavin Casalegno as a kid, Douglas Booth as a young-adult), Ham (Nolan Gross as a kid, Logan Lerman as a young-adult) and Japheth (Leo McHugh as a kid) and Shem's wife Ila (Skylar Burke as a kid, Emma Watson as a young-adult) will board as the last of the men. When they find out Ila, which was supposed to be sterile, is pregnant, Noah will have to make a huge sacrifice: if the child is a girl, he will kill her to satisfy the Creator's wish to destroy humanity.

My expectations were quite high and I've been disappointed, I felt no thrill for it. It's visually spectacular - I loved the creation of life sequence - the cast is brilliant - I loved Emma Watson - and the direction is fantastic but the script sinks like the Titanic.

Fire consumes all. Water cleanses. It separates the foul from the pure. The wicked from the innocent. And that which sinks from that which rises. He destroys all, but only to start again.


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