Darren Aronofsky brings the story of Noah's Ark to the big screen with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil. As the telling continues, we learn how Adam and Eve's sins have passed down through generations through their sons Cain and Abel, and how the descendants of their righteous sibling Seth were entrusted with defending creation. One day, while foraging in the country, a descendant of Seth, Noah, sees his father slain by a descendant of Cain. In the process, Noah's birthright is stolen from him.
Decades later, as a father of three, Noah experiences a vision foretelling the great flood that will wash over the Earth, destroying every living thing that stands on the soil. That vision leads Noah to seek out his grandfather, Methuselah, in order to understand his mission. When a second vision reveals that Noah is to construct a massive ark designed to shelter every living animal during the great flood, Noah, his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), their three sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman), and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll), and their adoptive sister Ila (Emma Watson) immediately begin construction on the vessel with the help of the Watchers, a race of angels created as beings of light, but encrusted in stone and mud and forsaken by God for their attempts to help man. Meanwhile, word of Noah's work soon reaches Tubal Cain (Ray Winstone), who gathers an army on a mission to overtake the ark, and survive the coming storm by any cost.
Main Cast & Crew
Darren Aronofsky - Director
"NOAH manages to blend the expected with the unexpected and does it with so much gusto and cinematic energy you won't want to divert your eyes from the screen." - 03/27/2014 Los Angeles Times
"NOAH is no by-the-book Bible story. Think of it as a visually mesmerizing sci-fi adventure saga..." - 03/27/2014 USA Today
"This is a daring venture in mainstream entertainment, and mostly an enthralling one....It's visionist as well, an action spectacular with a provocative vision..." - 03/27/2014 Wall Street Journal
"Darren Aronofsky, in his ambitious fusion of Old Testament awe with modern blockbuster spectacle, dwells on the dark and troubling implications of Noahs experience....At its best, its shares some its namesakes ferocious conviction..." - 03/28/2014 New York Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] biblical epic that follows no rules except its creator's teeming imagination." - 03/27/2014 Rolling Stone
"NOAH dares to locate a thin line between belief and madness, devotion and zealotry." - 03/27/2014 A.V. Club
"This is a NOAH for the 21st century, one of the most dazzling and unforgettable biblical epics ever put on film." - 03/27/2014 Chicago Sun-Times
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts a work of remarkable ambition and often awesome execution that uses its themes to anchor its lavish visuals and sweeping drama." - 03/31/2014 Total Film
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's ferociously and sometimes strangely original: a work of fervor, as grandiose and obsessive as its Biblical hero." - 03/28/2014 RogerEbert.com
"[I]t is never less than fascinating -- and sometimes dazzling -- in its ambitions." - 03/20/2014 Variety
4 stars out of 5 -- "Inventive, ambitious, brutal and beautiful: a potent mythological epic." - 03/28/2014 Empire