"NOAH" (2014) (Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly) (PG-13)
Drama: A man is called upon by God to build an ark to protect a collection of the world's animals from a flood that will wipe out mankind.
As a descendent of one of Adam and Eve's sons, Noah (RUSSELL CROWE) is a protector of the Creator's prediluvian world, consuming only what he needs and can use, and nothing more. There isn't much in this barren land where he and his wife, Naameh (JENNIFER CONNELLY), are raising their three children, Shem, Ham and infant Japeth. When Noah begins experiencing troubling and confusing visions of some ominous calamity, he travels with his family to seek the sage wisdom of his grandfather, Methuselah (ANTHONY HOPKINS) and eventually comes to realize that the Creator intends to wipe out all living things on Earth in a great flood.
That is, except for pairings of all animals that haven't sinned like man and are to be kept safe on an enormous ark that Noah will build. And thus he sets out to do just that with the help of Naameh and their now older sons, Shem (DOUGLAS BOOTH), Ham (LOGAN LERMAN) and Japheth (LEO McHUGH CARROLL); Ila (EMMA WATSON), a teenage girl they rescued from a massacre ten years earlier; and fallen angels turned enormous rock creatures known as the Watchers who literally do the heavy lifting of assembling the huge boat.
They also serve to protect it and Noah and his family from Tubal-cain (RAY WINSTONE), a descendant of Adam and Eve's murderous son, Cain, who believes the Creator has abandoned mankind that's now free to do as it pleases. He isn't happy with Noah and his quest and thus masses a growing army with which he intends to storm the ark should the flooding commence.
At the same time, Noah believes that once the rest of mankind has been destroyed, his family will eventually follow them, what with no other children and Ila being barren from her earlier injury. But Naameh has different thoughts about that, all while Ham hopes to bring Na'el (MADISON DAVENPORT) onboard as his future wife. When the rains start, all of that and the rest of life on Earth is put into jeopardy, with Noah intent on following and fulfilling the Creator's will.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're interested in the Biblical story or are fans of anyone in the cast or the director, they might be enticed.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content.
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