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Storm clouds are already hovering over Friday’s release of Paramount’s biblical film Noah, sparked by Christian groups who don’t appreciate the story being tinkered with in any form.

Russell Crowe stars as the man from the Book of Genesis who followed God’s specific order to build an ark that would save his family and every animal species from an apocalyptic flood. The film’s controversy began with early screenings for religious groups in October.

Word leaked that they reacted badly to the dramatic license taken by writer/director Darren Aronofsky, and Paramount was reportedly shaken by the feedback.

Studio exec Rob Moore was interviewed about the negative reaction in The Hollywood Reporter: In some cases, Moore says, “people had recollections of the story that weren’t actually correct.” For example, there was Noah’s ability to open and close the door to the ark.

“People said the door to the ark is supposed to be so big that no man can close it. Well no, that’s not actually what it says. What it says is that God ultimately shut the door of the ark when the flood comes, so it wasn’t Noah shutting the door on the rest of humanity — it was God making a decision.” And then there’s the scene — which actually is in the Bible — in which Noah, back on land after the flood, gets drunk by himself in a cave.

“But most people do not remember or were never taught the fact that after Noah’s off the ark, there is a moment in the story where he is drunk,” says Moore.

The studio reportedly cut as many as six different versions of the movie that were more Christian friendly, but those fared no better in subsequent screenings. Aronofsky’s version ultimately prevailed and will be the one arriving in theaters this Friday.

The director stands behind his vision, telling EURweb that every creative decision made in the script has a purpose.

Noah arrives in theaters on Friday, March 28. Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins also star.

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6 thoughts on “‘Noah’ Movie Sparks Controversy Among Christian Groups

  1. Rodolfo on said:

    This movie should’ve been like a documentary base type; instead it just turned out to be Hollywood base and disappointed most people, including me, who’ve actually read Genesis. It should’ve been like the “Son Of God” movie.

  2. BarbBas on said:

    How many people got on the Ark? Eight persons. Simply Read:
    GENESIS 5:32 “After Noah reached 500 years of age, he became father to Shem, Ham and Ja’pheth.”
    GENESIS 6:9 “…Noah was a righteous man.”
    GENESIS 6:18 “…you must go into the ark, you, your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives with you.”
    GENESIS 7:7 “So Noah, along with, his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives went into the ark ahead of the flood waters.”
    GENESIS 7:13 “On that very day, Noah went into the ark along with his sons, Shem, Ham, and Ja’pheth, and his wife and the three wives of his sons.”
    GENESIS 8:15,16 “God now said to Noah: “Go out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives.””
    GENESIS 8:18 “So Noah went out, together with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives.
    (If anyone can’t count how many people went in the ark):
    1PETER 3:20 “…God was patiently waiting in Noah’s day, while the ark was being constructed, in which a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water.”
    2PETER 2:5 “And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people.”
    WHY DID GOD WIPE MAN…OFF THE EARTH? Read Genesis 6:1-7.
    How serious is it to intentionally misquote the scriptures?
    Verse18 “I am bearing witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll;”
    Verse 19 “and if anyone takes anything away from the words of the scroll of this prophecy, God will take his portion away from the trees of life and out of the holy city, things that are written about in this scroll.”
    IF IT’S NOT NOAH, DON’T plagiarize the work of Almighty God.

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  4. gertie summerlin on said:

    i think people should see the movie,holywood has always added too or left something out of these so called christian movies,to me it gets people talking and reading what god has to say in his book.the movie can show us how things may have looked.but always go to god”s word for the true word.

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