Thursday, March 27, 2014


The Importance of Prayer
By Daniela Delvescovo

Movie Review of

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins

También ahora en español: Reseña Cinematográfica de Noé

I was so excited when I learned they were making a movie about Noah and the ark, I knew I had to be the one to review it. I had high hopes for the film, with its enormous budget and A-list actors. Sadly though, I was very disappointed.

This movie is rated PG-13, but I would really only recommend it to older teens and adults. There is a lot of violence in the movie, and also, it can give viewers a false impression of the real story of Noah’s Ark.

The movie started out great -- for about the first ten minutes. After that, I started to notice that the film strayed in various ways from the original biblical text. For example, the story added rock-creatures called Watchers (fallen angels, or demons), who helped the descendants of Cain to create an unholy world. I think my dad said it best, “The movie lost me at the rock-monsters”.

As the movie went, on I began to feel a little hope for the movie. Noah began to build the ark and the whole family pitched in, but when the flood actually came, the movie's biblical background was drowned out by a secular view of "entertainment". The film turned into more of an action movie then a faith-based one.

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone; actually I would like to request you not endorse the film. It is a very anti-Christ (and un-Judeo-Christian) version of Noah. He is pictured killing others in the name of “justice”, even (Spoiler Alert) attempting to kill his two twin granddaughters at the time of their birth.

One of my biggest problems with the film, though, was not how far it strayed from biblical facts, but that Noah and his family never turned to God to pray while building of the ark. They would scream to the heavens, “Why is this happening?” And they talked to each other about God, but they never stopped to actually have any real conversation with him. How can anyone have faith without praying?

The only way to build a strong relationship with the Lord is through prayer. I’m sure that the real Noah and his family had a wonderful prayer life. It was essential to being so different from the sinful world around them. To have this absent in the film really saddens me. It's obvious that the filmmakers don't understand the importance of a real relationship with God; they apparently only chose to make a "faith-based" movie because truly faith-based movies are doing extremely well at the box office.

This movie sends the message that people know all the answers, when really we don’t. We must seek God for those answers. 

An example of this comes at the end of the movie, when I really became offended by the film. The movie basically sent the message (Spoiler Alert) that Noah was responsible for saving the human race -- not God -- because God gave him the power to decide whether or not humans where worth saving. It conveys the message that is very popular with society today: that people know better than God.
"We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favor, now acknowledging our faults, and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel." ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola
No one is wiser then God, not even Noah. The Lord is all-knowing. We as humans are imperfect and need God’s guidance to become truly pure. We gain this guidance through prayer, not through our own wisdom.
"Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends. Speak to Him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears…." ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori
In conclusion, please, don’t go see this movie!

Questions for youth groups, families, and other small group discussions (please feel free to post comments below):
  1. Why do we pray?
  2. Why do you think Noah was chosen to build the ark?
  3. What are the results of a strong prayer life?



Anonymous said...

There's a very good article about the director and what he went through to make this film, in a recent New Yorker magazine. I need to reread Genesis. It seems as though he may have taken a liberty or three with the story.

Anonymous said...

I have heard and read a lot that the movie is way out of line with scripture - Bible doesn't mention Noah's grandchildren, rain came down, water did not come up as I've seen in trailers of the movie. One priest I follow on FB said it was a sci-fi version of Noah. One I would not recommend either unless one can separate fiction from face. Darren, thank you also for the Saint Quotes you shared, I've seen them somewhere before come across my nightly mail. Glad you found a use for them. Richard

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