An epic of Biblical proportions

Jennifer Connelly as Naameh and Russell Crowe as Noah.

Jennifer Connelly as Naameh and Russell Crowe as Noah.

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The story of Noah and his three sons unfolds across six chapters of the book of Genesis.

Director Darren Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel expand this lesson into a sprawling narrative about one man’s tireless quest to save innocent animals from the apocalypse, and it’s a parable about self-sacrifice and a bombastic spectacle replete with computer-generated battle scenes that wouldn’t look out of place in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth.

Noah (Russell Crowe) experiences a vision of a devastating flood and a visit to the mountainous lair of his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) confirms the dire prediction. He accepts his task to build an ark capable of temporarily housing one pair of “all that creeps, all that crawls, all that slithers” and is aided by his three sons, adopted daughter Ila (Emma Watson) and an army of fallen angels.

‘Noah’ is fascinating yet flawed. Quieter, thoughtful sections of the film beg provocative questions about devotion to a higher power but Crowe delivers a compelling central performance as a humble man, who accepts his own frailties.