Noah is a new take on the biblical story of Noah's Ark. The film follows the story of Noah, a man who God has chosen to save all the innocent beings of the Earth before it is destroyed in a great flood. With the help of his wife, his three sons, a young woman they've aided since she was injured as a child and spiritual beings brought down from heaven they make an ark to hold all of these innocent beings.
I thought that from the trailer I'd seen nearly all the film, but I couldn't have been further from the truth. The trailers actually hold back on so many events as well as problems that are needed to be overcome and even hold back on some of the characters present in the film. The flood itself only occurs halfway through the movie which would of course would make you think that the second half would be boring, but it's not. It's far from it actually. There is so much more to this movie than just the flood and that's what makes it stand out over other biblical movies that I have seen.
The visual effects in this film were beyond brilliant! They are of course not up to the same level as Gravity, which still stands as the best visual effects I've seen in a movie, in fact it's way off Gravity and various other films, but they were still breathtaking! Practically whole second half of the movie takes place in the centre of the flood or in the great battle going on the special effects were incredible. Noah was such a beautiful movie to witness and it's certainly the best looking film I've seen so far this year.
The film portrays Noah in a much more realistic and natural way than in the bible. I'm not having a go at the bible or religious beliefs in this paragraph, but instead I'm saying that in the film Noah the protagonist was shown in a more mature, realistic way and it showed the tolls that these action took on him as well as the moral decisions he was faced with. The film also showed the reactions of the people living around them in more realistic way. I won't go into spoilers about how these characters react in the situations given, but I will say it's much more realistic than how it's portrayed in the bible, or at least that is what I believe.
The film is emotionally investing the whole way through. For the whole of the movie I just couldn't stop caring for these characters, thanks to the consistently incredible performances, and the bad things that happen to them along the way which were very upsetting. Well bad things isn't really the best term for it, most like upsetting situations occurred throughout that were shocking and unexpected. On the note of shocking there were a few moments in the film that were shockingly violent and really pushed the limits of its classification. There were several instances of bloody scenes that I presume were actually held back in order to lower the classification.
To sum up Noah was a much more realistic take on the biblical story with much more to it than the trailer showed. The visual effects were beyond brilliant, the film is emotionally investing and the violence pushes the limits of its classification.