A new film portraying the Great Flood of the Bible, featuring Russell Crowe as Noah and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, his grandfather, has brought critical comments from both Christians and Jews alike after the pre-screening of one of Hollywood’s latest.
The criticism comes mainly because most of those religious people, who were lucky enough to view the pre-screening, said that they believe that the film is lacking in Biblical content.
The film was produced by Darren Aronofsky on a budget of $125 million who realized his dreams since childhood when the film was finally made.
However, those who have seen it seem to believe the story is not so much the story of Noah, the man of God who trusted in His Word when all others doubted, but rather about a modern hero who does whatever he can to avoid being the victim of the coming catastrophe.
In the screen version, contrary to the Bible, Noah has a dream in which he drowns and Methuselah tells him about the coming destruction of the world because of the terrible things human beings have done.
The movie also portrays Noah as a jealous, spiteful man, who tells his brother-in-law, Tubal-Cain, he cannot have his ark and must build his own, again contrary to the Biblical version where Noah encourages all to enter his ark.
Tubal-Cain consequently builds an army to attack the ark to possess it, and just as the first drops of rain start to fall, he attacks the ark with his army. At which point six heavily-armed angels descend upon the ark to protect the courageous Noah.
However, some who have viewed the film think that it’s another successful epic from Hollywood, but others, such as entertainment publicist, Angie Mayer-Olszewski doesn’t believe that it’s wise to upset so many Christians who will probably watch the movie.
Olszewski said “You can’t stray from the Bible in a Bible-based film without upsetting a percentage of the Christian faith base. Interpretations may vary, but if the story changes, even a little, it’s deemed offensive.” She continued “When a studio releases a movie that’s biblical, they are playing a game of religious roulette.”
Crowe is best know for his roles in “Gladiator” and “Robin Hood,” while Hopkins, played the cannibalistic psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter in the movie “Silence of the Lambs.” He is also known for his roles in “The Legends of the Fall.”