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Box Office: 'Noah' Winning Over Faith-Based and Mainstream Moviegoers
Hollywood Reporter ^ | Saturday, March 28, 2014 | Pamela McClintock

Posted on 03/29/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT by Star Traveler

Darren Aronofsky's controversial biblical epic Noah is winning over faith-based and mainstream moviegoers alike at the North American box office, ending weeks of speculation as to whether the filmmaker's darker take on the story of Noah and his Ark would be a turnoff for more devout moviegoers.

The Paramount and New Regency movie easily topped the Friday chart with $15.2 million from 3,567 theaters for a projected $41 million to $43 million weekend, a strong start. Overseas, Noah is likewise prospering, grossing an early $28.3 million from only 21 markets (many of those opened Friday) and coming in ahead of Gravity. The film's global total through Friday was $43.5 million.

In North America, Noah received a C CinemaScore, indicating that it is still polarizing. But Christian moviegoers are turning out in force. According to those with access to grosses, half of the theaters doing the most business on Friday were in cities traditionally considered faith-based markets, including Salt Lake City, Reno, Tulsa, Mobile, Ala., Houston, San Antonio, and Orlando. Hispanics, many of whom are Catholic, are helping to fuel the film. (Hispanics are the most avid moviegoers in the U.S.)

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


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What a bunch of LIARS at the Hollywood Reporter if they think Christians are actually approving of this movie. There are some Christians going to "check it out" so they can report on it to all the other Christians. BUT, now ... "the word is out" ... this is the MOST UNBIBLICAL presentation of a Biblical story EVER!

And what do you expect from a director who is a "card-carrying ATHEIST"!

1 posted on 03/29/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler

Noah, The Film: All Washed Up
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138756/posts

The pre-release advertising promoting the movie Noah made a point of stating that while the director took artistic license in the production it was still faithful to the biblical story. Early theater previews were carefully edited to appeal to people of faith, but this is the least biblical “biblical film” of all time!

However, to be charitable, the bare outline of the Flood story is present, but after that artistic license has taken the film so far afield of anything resembling the Bible that it is offensive to people of faith. To say that the biblical story was watered down (pardon the pun) is much too mild.

Those who know the Bible were aware of how little the script followed Scripture. Those who didn’t know the Bible still didn’t know it when the final credits appeared. It is to the movie studio’s credit that they chose to even make a film with a biblical theme, but the torturous fiction that was the final cut partly written and directed by an atheist is a discredit to both the studio and the actors and is, in result, worse than having not made it at all. Remember the old adage of making a bottle of poison look nicer by removing the ugly skull and crossbones label and replacing it with one that read “essence of peppermint?” The bottle now looks pretty, but is even more deadly because of its deceptive label.

To a generation that already rejects the Genesis account as pure fiction, mixing a little Bible with a film of impure fiction is even worse – and certainly more dangerous to faith. For those who have not seen the movie and may think my judgments too harsh, please consider the following.

[ ... click on this other Freeper article to see the rest of it ... ]


2 posted on 03/29/2014 3:00:54 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

I was at a Christian book store (part of a chain) in Ft Worth years ago that didn’t have one copy of the KJV Bible. They had plenty of trinkets and such and other bibles that were more “modern”.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 3:02:21 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Star Traveler

The people who get their biblical views from the movie are the same people who get their news from late night comedy shows.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 3:03:15 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: Star Traveler

Something from “Answers in Genesis” ...

Noah Movie Review: An Unbiblical Film

A group of Answers in Genesis staff attended the opening of Noah last night in a local movie theater. With all the Hollywood hype and news surrounding the controversial film, we were surprised at the low turnout, with only twelve other people in the theater. We had heard many negative reports but were hopeful, based on other comments, that there may have been some redeeming qualities of the film. However, those hopes were dashed against the rocks harder than Hollywood’s ark when it ran aground in the film. This point should be one that jars us to attention, realizing that our hope is not in a Hollywood film but in something infinitely more redeeming in quality: the person and work of Jesus Christ.

There are four elements from the biblical account that you will recognize in this film, but little else from Genesis 6–9. First, of course, there is a man named Noah, and he has three sons with the biblical names. Second, Noah builds an ark that is true to the biblical proportions (though it did not look seaworthy) and there were lots of animals that came to him and were on board (though far more creatures were crammed inside than were needed). Third, there is a flood that appears to cover the entire globe (though it’s not explicitly taught). Fourth, mankind is depicted as extremely wicked (but because the film’s agenda is more about the environment, man’s wickedness was not so much sin against God but in how people were destroying the earth).

Ultimately, there is barely a hint of biblical accuracy in this almost two-and-a-half-hour film. But beyond being shocked at the massive distortions of God’s Word in Noah, we can recognize one opportunity: if you know of someone who has gone ahead and watched Noah (even with all the cautions AiG and others have presented about this unbiblical film), you can point a non-Christian toward trusting in God’s Word and the forgiveness offered in Jesus.

Here are just a few more of the many concerns with what we are calling a pagan film. (A more detailed review will be posted on the weekend that will point out many of the film’s pagan elements.)

... more at the link ...
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/noah-movie/review-noah-movie-unbiblical


5 posted on 03/29/2014 3:04:42 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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The story of the flood can be found in more than one ancient people. They could have used some other backdrop for this movie than the biblical Noah.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 3:07:12 PM PDT by virgil
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To: Star Traveler
Finally, some truth from the Hollywood Reporter, ....

...

Honest.

7 posted on 03/29/2014 3:07:52 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Star Traveler

Defining Christianity down.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 3:08:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Star Traveler

It only drew $15 million on its first weekend. Unless it pulls a Titanic, where it can draw that amount every week for the next year, it’ll be out of theatres in a few weeks at most.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 3:09:56 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Star Traveler

Some people love sci-fi and Hollyweird outdid themselves on this one.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 3:10:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: virgil

I don’t mind science fiction movies, as long as they’re not trying to tell me that this is actually what is going on ... LOL ...

Here’s what the producers of the movie were saying before it came out ...

“The pre-release advertising promoting the movie Noah made a point of stating that while the director took artistic license in the production it was still faithful to the biblical story.” [ ... ]

The producers tried to keep these details secret from the faith-based public in order to not have a backlash from negative reviews that would affect the all important opening weekend box office. I learned about some of these details last year from a French graphic novel (which I was shown in Germany) upon which the film’s script was based.

As far as I know this was not translated or released to the English-speaking market, presumably to prevent these fictional elements from getting out to the faith-based American audience. Now, the secret is out and it is hoped that informed audiences will, like Noah in the film, judge this parody of the biblical account, unworthy of cinematic salvation.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138756/posts


11 posted on 03/29/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

You couldn’t pay me to watch that garbage..its nothing but left wing crap, just a bunch of global warming, people are evil BS


12 posted on 03/29/2014 3:11:12 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Jonty30

Going to see “God’s not Dead” in a theater tomorrow but will not see Noah.

Heard too much negative news from friends who watched it.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 3:14:14 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: SkyDancer
Some people love sci-fi and Hollyweird outdid themselves on this one.

I love Sci-Fi and fantasy, but I can't stomach propaganda! This movie will join others like that abysmal piece of propaganda with all the blue "people", on my list of never to watch even when it's free.

14 posted on 03/29/2014 3:18:54 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Graybeard58

a marvelous albeit sad analogy.

snippets should be available on yotube soon

were this a mooselim movie...RIOTS would result.


15 posted on 03/29/2014 3:23:30 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Jonty30
It only drew $15 million on its first weekend.

It did $15 million on its first day. That's better than Gravity did on its first day. Which is not to say it will continue to do well once the word of mouth spreads.

16 posted on 03/29/2014 3:24:01 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Star Traveler
What a bunch of LIARS at the Hollywood Reporter if they think Christians are actually approving of this movie.

I don't need Athiests or hypocritical Christians to tell me what movies I should or should not watch........

Movies are for entertainment purposes only, not biblical prophesy and I view them as such............

People such as you need to get a life.......

If you don't like the movie, fine, but don't don't preach to me and tell me what I should or should not watch..........

With all that being said, tell me Star Traveler, what exactly about this movie turned you so hostile against it? You did watch it right?

17 posted on 03/29/2014 3:32:33 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Mastador1

I read where there are like nine different fantasy stories imbedded in that movie - stone people for heaven’s sake plus others.


18 posted on 03/29/2014 3:34:36 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
were this a mooselim movie...RIOTS would result.

Moslem countries are refusing to permit it to be shown, because Noah is a figure in the Koran.

19 posted on 03/29/2014 3:36:05 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: virgil
The story of the flood can be found in more than one ancient people. They could have used some other backdrop for this movie than the biblical Noah.

Agreed. But they did not.

20 posted on 03/29/2014 3:37:20 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Hot Tabasco; Star Traveler
If you don't like the movie, fine, but don't don't preach to me and tell me what I should or should not watch

I looked for where Star Traveler posted to you, but I didn't find it.

Did someone else preach at you on a different thread? Do you have the right thread?

21 posted on 03/29/2014 3:39:58 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Star Traveler

Yeah ... the very same ones that fawned over the Dan Brown books made into movies.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 3:40:15 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Graybeard58

“The people who get their biblical views from the movie are the same people who get their news from late night comedy shows.”

Two thumbs up on your opinion.


23 posted on 03/29/2014 3:43:56 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Hot Tabasco

Hand me a thousand dollars right now to go see that movie ... I would hand it right back at you! You actually couldn’t pay me to go see it. It would be like paying me to listen to Obama give a speech ... either in person or by video ... I wouldn’t do it!

Thus far I’ve NEVER ONCE listened to a single speech from Obama. Ask me what Obama is all about and I can tell you. I don’t have to listen to a single speech from him to do that ... and I’ll guarantee you, I never will.

The same thing applies to LIARS in the Hollywood movie industry who LIE TO THE PUBLIC to get them in there ... just to listen to their propaganda! No PROPAGANDA for me from Obama or from this LYING ATHEIST DIRECTOR who tries to tell me that an “atheist” can actually tell the truth about that account in the Bible.

Obama and that director are CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH!

Here’s what I said elsewhere ...


I don’t mind science fiction movies, as long as they’re not trying to tell me that this is actually what is going on ... LOL ...

Here’s what the producers of the movie were saying before it came out ...

“The pre-release advertising promoting the movie Noah made a point of stating that while the director took artistic license in the production it was still faithful to the biblical story.” [ ... ]

The producers tried to keep these details secret from the faith-based public in order to not have a backlash from negative reviews that would affect the all important opening weekend box office. I learned about some of these details last year from a French graphic novel (which I was shown in Germany) upon which the film’s script was based.

As far as I know this was not translated or released to the English-speaking market, presumably to prevent these fictional elements from getting out to the faith-based American audience. Now, the secret is out and it is hoped that informed audiences will, like Noah in the film, judge this parody of the biblical account, unworthy of cinematic salvation.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138756/posts


24 posted on 03/29/2014 3:44:08 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Mastador1

Oh and PS - Noah speaks with an English accent. Now how cool is that?


25 posted on 03/29/2014 3:44:11 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

woops! truth is at least as strange as fiction.


26 posted on 03/29/2014 3:44:45 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SkyDancer
Oh and PS - Noah speaks with an English accent. Now how cool is that?

Really? The first time I ever heard Noah he sounded just like Bill Cosby.

27 posted on 03/29/2014 3:45:52 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

Oh and PS - Noah speaks with an English accent. Now how cool is that? Almost like Picard from Star Trek who grew up on a French vineyard farm speaking with an English accent.


28 posted on 03/29/2014 3:46:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Mastador1

Ya, heard that. Funniest thing ever!


29 posted on 03/29/2014 3:46:31 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: xzins

I guess he doesn’t want me to post things he doesn’t like ... LOL ...


30 posted on 03/29/2014 3:47:50 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: xzins
I looked for where Star Traveler posted to you, but I didn't find it.

Oddly enough, I didn't see where he posted to you either.....

And if you wish to get anal about it, I can't seem to find where I posted to you either.........

You've been around here as long as I have so you know how threads and postings work.

If that's all you've got to say then chill out..........

31 posted on 03/29/2014 3:48:15 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Star Traveler

I am more interested in pics of Helen Thomas in her undies than in seeing this movie.

If such pics of Ms Thomas exist, please do not post them.


32 posted on 03/29/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Star Traveler

mini-review-—

Aronofsky’s decision to include big special effects-laden battle scenes is curious at best and disastrous at worst. These sequences, presumably included to make the film more visually spectacular, lapse into lethargy because there’s no real sense of tension or danger. We know Noah is going to get the ark underway. We don’t care about any of the CGI characters involved. It’s just eye candy. This raises larger questions about the pacing. At 138 minutes, Noah is too long; there are stretches when it drags.

Russell Crowe provides a fascinating interpretation of the title character. Every other depiction I have encountered of Noah presents him as a humble, pious man. Crowe’s Noah is a warrior. He kills more than his share of the unrighteous. He is intractable in his belief that humanity has earned its fate. And, when the journey is over and the ark has come to rest in the purified world, he is overcome by despair. Irrespective of whether or not the character of Noah is being used as a commentary on modern-day religious zealots who believe they have a monopoly on “the truth,” it’s a fascinating and unconventional interpretation of an iconic individual.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 3:50:33 PM PDT by dennisw (Lenovo)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Yep, been around long enough to know that sometimes folks accidentally jump threads or post to the wrong people.

So, does that mean that you think the guy posting the thread had somehow targeted YOU???


34 posted on 03/29/2014 3:51:28 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Star Traveler
this is the MOST UNBIBLICAL presentation of a Biblical story EVER!

Although I've never seen it and probably never will, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, produced in 1964 by Pier Paolo Passolini, a Communist, might give Noah a run for its money.

35 posted on 03/29/2014 3:54:17 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Star Traveler

They have spent millions in advertising the BS meter is needed.


36 posted on 03/29/2014 4:02:31 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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So, does that mean that you think the guy posting the thread had somehow targeted YOU???

Not at all......I thought I was responding to his initial comment.........where did I go wrong?

More importantly, where do you get off thinking I did????????

You're now going off on a tangent bro, one that's now wasting our time..........

37 posted on 03/29/2014 4:06:45 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: xzins; Hot Tabasco

Heck! I just thought he was off his meds. I wouldn’t want to get on a guy’s case who was off his meds ... it might send him “off the deep end” and then I would feel really bad ... :-) ...


38 posted on 03/29/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler; xzins
Hand me a thousand dollars right now to go see that movie ...

"As far as I know..."

Ahhhhhh, the truth comes out! You now admit that you haven't even seen it.............

Don't even waste my time from here on out.........

39 posted on 03/29/2014 4:12:54 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Get on the “clue-train here ... don’t bother clicking on my links and you won’t have a problem.

Next time you click on my link ... I’ll know I’m dealing with an idiot.


40 posted on 03/29/2014 4:15:55 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Graybeard58

NO Bible-believing Christian would be fooled by Hollywood. If this was a poll, it must have been taken by MSNBC or the White House!


41 posted on 03/29/2014 4:16:08 PM PDT by lu shissler (ecause)
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To: Hot Tabasco; Star Traveler
If you don't like the movie, fine, but don't don't preach to me and tell me what I should or should not watch..........

Where did it all go wrong?

I'd say at the point you wrote "don't...tell me what I...should not watch."

Star Traveler had not told anyone not to watch. Basically he informed about the movie's bad reviews and it's lack of biblical fidelity.

There's the barest possibility that could be called "preaching"...

42 posted on 03/29/2014 4:16:08 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Star Traveler

The Cinemascore rating of the “movie” is going to kill it’s potential box office. Word of mouth is pretty bad for this flick, and with Captain America opening next week I suspect Noah drops some 65%+ at the box office next weekend.


43 posted on 03/29/2014 4:26:33 PM PDT by gallandro1
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To: xzins
What a bunch of LIARS at the Hollywood Reporter if they think Christians are actually approving of this movie. There are some Christians going to "check it out" so they can report on it to all the other Christians. BUT, now ... "the word is out" ... this is the MOST UNBIBLICAL presentation of a Biblical story EVER!

Ummmmmm, what? This is from your homeboy who didn't even watch the movie........LOL!


44 posted on 03/29/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: gallandro1

This movie needs to GO INTO THE TOILET!

I’m more than overjoyed now - that the Christians are getting the message that this ATHEIST DIRECTOR has done everything he can to make an UNBIBLICAL movie, to fit his atheistic agenda ... and ... his “green agenda” (which is unbelievably in this movie, too)!


45 posted on 03/29/2014 4:31:32 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

Darker tale of Noah? As if this has anything to do with the Biblical tale


46 posted on 03/29/2014 4:37:40 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I’m not sure why listening to trusted reviewers is a bad thing. As I recall, that’s why Siskel and Ebert used give thumbs up and down.

My own take on it, after reading about 5 or 6 reviews now, is that I’ll wait and borrow the DVD. It sounds like it should have been titled “The Valley of the Nephalim” and the guy’s name been Nahon and not been Noah. Then it could have been a fantasy scifi and folks could’ve talked about it being an allegorical knockoff...maybe... of a bible story.

I’d take you more seriously if you also launched against the authors of the article for “preaching at you and telling what you SHOULD go watch...”


47 posted on 03/29/2014 4:41:43 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Why would anyone want to see a movie where it is obviously intended as a slam on Christians? I wouldn’t watch it for free


48 posted on 03/29/2014 4:41:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Star Traveler

For any IDIOTS who are reading this far and haven’t yet understood what this movie is about ... here’s something from Randall Price (who had dealt with Noah’s Ark before in his archeological work, on a professional basis) ...


The pre-release advertising promoting the movie Noah made a point of stating that while the director took artistic license in the production it was still faithful to the biblical story. Early theater previews were carefully edited to appeal to people of faith, but this is the least biblical “biblical film” of all time!

However, to be charitable, the bare outline of the Flood story is present, but after that artistic license has taken the film so far afield of anything resembling the Bible that it is offensive to people of faith. To say that the biblical story was watered down (pardon the pun) is much too mild.

Those who know the Bible were aware of how little the script followed Scripture. Those who didn’t know the Bible still didn’t know it when the final credits appeared. It is to the movie studio’s credit that they chose to even make a film with a biblical theme, but the torturous fiction that was the final cut partly written and directed by an atheist is a discredit to both the studio and the actors and is, in result, worse than having not made it at all. Remember the old adage of making a bottle of poison look nicer by removing the ugly skull and crossbones label and replacing it with one that read “essence of peppermint?” The bottle now looks pretty, but is even more deadly because of its deceptive label.

To a generation that already rejects the Genesis account as pure fiction, mixing a little Bible with a film of impure fiction is even worse – and certainly more dangerous to faith. For those who have not seen the movie and may think my judgments too harsh, please consider the following.


More at the link ...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138756/posts


49 posted on 03/29/2014 4:43:05 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Hot Tabasco

So what if he hasn’t seen it? What does that matter?


50 posted on 03/29/2014 4:45:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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