Noah is a 2014 American epic biblically-inspired fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and loosely based on the story of Noah’s Ark. The film stars Russell Crowe as Noah along with Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone,Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, and Douglas Booth. It was released in North American theaters on March 28, 2014 in 2-D and IMAX while several countries will also release a version of the film converted to 3-D and IMAX 3D.
As a young boy, Noah’s father, Lamech, is killed by a young king named Tubal-Cain who wanted to seize their land. Many years later, Noah is living with his wife Naameh and his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. After seeing a flower grow instantly from the ground, Noah decides to travel with his family to visit his grandfather, Methuselah.
On the way, they come upon a group of recently killed people. They adopt the lone survivor, a girl named Ila, who was wounded in the attack and has become barren. Noah and his family are chased by Tubal-Cain’s men, but are able to seek refuge with fallen angels known as the Watchers. The Watchers had been forced by the Creator to remain on earth as stone golems for disobeying the Creator and helping humans after they had been banished from Garden of Eden. Humans had attempted to enslave and kill the Watchers, but Methuselah helped them escape and was befriended by them.
Noah receives a seed passed down from Eden from Methuselah. He plants the seed and an entire forest grows from it within seconds. Noah announces that all the wood will be used to build an ark, and Noah’s family and the Watchers begin construction.
Eight years later, as the Ark nears completion, animals start to walk into the ark where they are put to sleep by incense that Noah prepares. Noah disguises himself and goes into the human camp to find wives for his three sons, but finds that the surrounding lands have been running short on food, and the humans, led by Tubal-Cain, have become savage and cannibalistic. He becomes convinced that the Creator wishes for the human race to end and abandons his effort. Back at the camp, Methuselah blesses Ila, and her barrenness is cured.
Ham decides to go to the camp himself and find a wife, where he encounters a frightened young girl named Na’el. She is willing to go with him, but they are chased by a large horde led by Tubal-Cain back to the Ark. Na’el’s foot gets caught in an animal trap, and Noah forces Ham to save himself and leave Na’el behind to be trampled to death.
All of Noah’s family gets in the Ark except for Methuselah, who chooses to die in the flood. As the Ark is launched, the Watchers sacrifice themselves to protect it from the oncoming horde. As the flood drowns the remaining soldiers, Tubal-Cain manages to stow away on the Ark. The king is found by Ham and befriends him, playing on anger toward Noah for allowing Na’el to die.
Ila discovers that she is pregnant, and soon after the rains stop completely. Naameh, Shem, and Ila inform Noah of this, but the patriarch says that if the child is a girl he will kill her to satisfy the Creator’s wish to destroy humanity. Noah asks for the Creator’s counsel but finds no answer. He resolves to stick to his plan, despite Naameh’s unsuccessful attempts to dissuade him.
Months pass, and Ila and Shem build a small raft to escape Noah, but Noah discovers the raft and burns it. Ila goes into labor and gives birth to twin girls. Noah pursues Ila and the babies to the top of the vessel, but when Noah looks upon the girls he decides to let them live.
Meanwhile, Tubal-Cain convinces Ham to help him kill Noah. Ham lures Noah to the aft of the ark on false pretenses, where Noah is attacked by Tubal-Cain. As the two fight, the Ark hits a mountain, injuring both men. The king attempts to kill Noah, but a repentant Ham stabs Tubal-Cain first, killing him.
As the family departs the Ark, Ham decides to leave them, still angry at Noah. Ila asks Noah why he didn’t kill his grandchildren, and Noah says that he saw the goodness of mankind in them. Later, the family stands atop a cliff face, and Noah blesses them all as the beginning of a new human race. They watch as the Creator sends a rainbow from the sky, covering all of the Earth, signaling his promise to never destroy mankind with a flood again.
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