There’s never an end to the retelling of the first apocalypse, but this one sounds and actually looks interesting! From what I’ve read, the minds behind the upcoming epic took immense time in painstaking details and fleshing out a well-known story from Genesis in the Bible with artistic embellishments. Truth be told, this is a story that pervades cultures and ancient texts, not just in the Bible, with differently recorded names but the same catastrophic event. Yet, if we focus on the biblical narrative only, there’s a lot left unclear in the Bible about the specific cultures surrounding Noah–except for the sheer violence and a few vague references about Nephilim, etc.
It was humanity’s violent propensity that compelled God to drown out the majority of people and animals and start over. (Not that we can identify with that in any way, I mean, Hitler and the Nazis, Stalin, Rwanda, children soldiers, sex trafficking, Call of Duty 15, Grand Theft Auto, pop culture fascination with zombies–and I do watch the Walking Dead.) In some ways, I see the realism in the confrontation between Noah and a group of people wanting to control the ark, first for their own greed, then for their own security. Though not recorded in Genesis, it’s certainly a logical piece of the puzzle. I mean, if there was a flood, and only one ark, you’d want it, too.
Truly, though, the story is about the redemption and saving grace God provides amidst disaster. It’s not hard for people to take a look a see a wrong image of God–a negative, evil, malicious deity bent on the destruction of the entire world. I mean, it’s hard sometimes for me even with myoclonus and constant pain to keep reorienting myself to the good, gracious, and present-in-our-suffering God, so how much more when we look at something so horrifically disastrous, something like Katrina or what happened in the Philippines, and Noah’s Ark. Let me encourage Christians to not get too uptight about this film, but use it as a dialogue piece, and rather comfort and encourage people in catastrophic and horrible circumstances rather than the more common frantic defense of Scripture. Let’s use our minds, people, and exercise our critical thinking skills.
However, I’ve also heard that some critics are already waving the red flag…and I think that might have to do with some of the fantastical portions that are rumored…like six-armed (fallen) angelic Nephilim. Hmm…as interesting as it sounds, there’s as many theories behind the Nephilim as there are types of apples (not to mention I’ve got one, too–a theory not an apple–that will be implemented in my fiction eventually :)). Truth be told, I’m really excited about seeing six-armed giant Nephilim! I mean, I’m a fantasy writer, why wouldn’t I be? Bring it–and then we can talk about it!
So, that being said, as long as what has been detailed in the Bible remains accurate–and there are quite a few details to pull from–the embellishments may actually help add to active imaginations like mine on what Noah’s life and times and flood and ark was actually like. Here’s to the wait, and thanks to my favorite entertainment reporting site, screenrant.com for the updates. Check it out.
Noah is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Darren Aronofsky, who also directed the film. The movie stars an epic cast, including Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins and will be in theaters March 28, 2014.