I watched the movie Noah on DVD the other day. While Richard Roeper hailed the movie as “one of the most dazzling and unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on film”, I find the movie disappointing.
First of all, there are some major biblical inaccuracies in the movie:
Genesis 7:13 tells us that eight people went into the ark: Noah, his wife, his three sons—Shem, Ham and Japheth—and their wives.
In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark.
In the movie, only six people went into the ark: Noah, his wife, his three sons and a girl named Ila. Because Ham did not have a wife, he bore grudges against Noah and allowed an evil king to live in the ark, subsequently causing trouble.
Genesis 7:1–4 tell us that the world was to start anew with Noah and his family.
And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
In the movie, Noah determined that the human line would die with his sons and did all he could to achieve that goal.
Genesis 6:8–9 tell us that God spared Noah and his family because Noah was a just man.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
The movie on the other hand depicts Noah as a stubborn, unfeeling villain who would kill innocent babies.
Secondly, the clothing the characters wore look modern; even the knives and tools look modern. If men were wearing sandals in Jesus’ time, how is it possible that people wore finely-made boots some four thousand years ago?
Worst of all, the movie tells the audience that the skin from the Serpent in the Garden of Eden is a talisman of blessing, to be passed down from generation to generation.
What is the underlying message of the movie? That God is evil and that the Serpent is good?