Noah (2014)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 14 mins

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Loosely based on the story of Noah's Ark, this movie stars Russell Crowe as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task, before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Russell Crowe

Crew: Darren Aronofsky (Director), Matthew Libatique (Director of Photography), Clint Mansell (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

Release Dates: 28 Mar 2014 (India)

Tagline: The end of the world... is just the beginning.

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Did you know? Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber and Val Kilmer were considered for Tubalcain, but Darren Aronofsky wanted for the role "an actor with the grit and size to be convincing as he goes head-to-head against Crowe's Noah character", which he found in Ray Winstone. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
Camera:
ARRICAM Lite (LT)
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat)
Stereoscopy:
Converted to 3D
Taglines:
The end of the world... is just the beginning.
Rediscover the epic story of one man and the most remarkable event in our history.
Trivia:
It took Aronofsky's team five months to build their ark, which represented only a third of the ark seen on film, at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Park in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Computer effects were used to "build" the rest. Where the computer effects really came in handy, though, was when it came to populating the ark with animals. In fact, all of the animals seen in the movie are a combination of sculpted replicas and digitally created animals added in post-production, according to the film's production notes.

Aronofsky decided to build a real ark for the movie, and to the exact specifications set out in the Bible. The result was a three-decked vessel -- 30 cubits high by 50 cubits wide by 300 cubits long, just like the Bible says -- that actors could really inhabit.

While Aronofsky's film marks the first full-scale epic based on the Noah story, it is by no means the first time showbiz has tackled the tale. It's been the subject of a number of adaptations, from animated films to a Broadway musical starring Danny Kaye ('Two By Two'). What is believed to be the first movie about Noah, however, dates to 1928 and 'Noah's Ark,' a silent-talkie hybrid directed by 'Casablanca' Helmer Michael Curtiz. That film has become known for its climactic flood scene, in which two extras drowned and a number of others were seriously injured. Among the extras participating in that scene: a young actor and props-department employee named Marion "Duke" Morrison -- who would later go on to make a name for himself as John Wayne.

The genre of this movie is something of a departure for Aronofsky, who is more known for his sometimes-dreamy contemporary character studies ("Requiem for a Dream," "Black Swan") than for biblical epics. But the filmmaker has an intimate connection with the story of Noah. At age 13, while growing up in Brooklyn, Aronofsky wrote a poem about Noah that went on to win a United Nations writing contest. He has said that he considers that contest, and the resulting encouragement of his teachers, the genesis of his career as a storyteller.

Apart from the Bible, different texts from ancient times, and about looking at archaeological research on Prediluvian (before the flood) human life, were used as source material for this movie.

Noah’s unique look came from the “primordial” Icelandic landscape, where the cast and crew had spent four weeks shooting the pre-flood scenes. The New York set was then designed to mimic the look of their Iceland set.

Russell Crowe agreed to be a part of this movie only after the director made to promises: that he would never have to wear a pair of sandals, and that he would never be required to stand on the bow of the ship flanked by a giraffe and an elephant.

Russell Crowe had to endure special challenges for the role like having to swim in the most dangerous beach in Iceland, and lying naked on the beach after the swim in 31.6° biting cold the whole day.

The ark we saw on set was just a third of the ark we’ve seen in trailers. The other two-thirds were added in post-production. The parts of the ark that weren’t made out of computer magic were made, in a large part, out of Styrofoam. Many of the big, rough logs you see are just foam painted brown. While Styrofoam likely wasn’t used in Noah’s original ark, Aronofsky otherwise tried to stick to the specifications spelled out in the Bible: “three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high,” and so on. … Which is also why Aronofsky’s ark is a rectangle and not a boat, as is usually depicted in tellings of the story.

According to Darren Aronofsky, the animals seen in the film are "slightly tweaked designs of real existing animals." No real animals were used in production at all.

Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber and Val Kilmer were considered for Tubalcain, but Darren Aronofsky wanted for the role "an actor with the grit and size to be convincing as he goes head-to-head against Crowe's Noah character", which he found in Ray Winstone.

Darren Aronofsky had been fascinated with the character of Noah since childhood, seeing him as a "a dark, complicated character who experiences real survivor's guilt".

According to Emma Watson, the film has an ambiguous setting: "It could be set in any time. It could be set sort of like a thousand years in the future or a thousand years in the past... You shouldn't be able to place it too much."

Darren Aronofsky brought in frequent collaborator Ari Handel and Canadian artist Niko Henrichon to adapt the script into a 2011 graphic novel "Noé: Pour la cruauté des hommes" ("Noah: For the Cruelty of Men"). This novel serves as an influence on the film.

Marks the second time that Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly have played husband and wife together, with the first one being A Beautiful Mind. Additionally, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson play siblings, and only a two years prior play friends-turned-couple in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender were offered the role of Noah, but they declined due to scheduling conflicts.

Saoirse Ronan, Bella Heathcote and Dakota Fanning were considered to play Ila. Although Heathcote made a very strong impression on her audition, Fanning was the director's first choice. Fanning tried to work out her schedule but in the end couldn't do it because she was filming another movie at the time. Emma Watson was cast in the end.

Julianne Moore was considered for the role of Naameh.
'Noah' won't get China release date due to religious theme
08 May 2014, by The Hollywood Reporter
'Noah' film screening cancelled due to cinema flooding
08 Apr 2014, by The Huffington Post
Noah: Darkness Before the Rain
27 Mar 2014, by The Wall Street Journal
A flood of reaction to 'Noah'
26 Mar 2014, by Los Angeles Times
'Noah' writer talks dramatizing short biblical story
26 Mar 2014, by The Hollywood Reporter
Russell Crowe's 'Noah' banned in Indonesia
25 Mar 2014, by Hollywood Reporter
'Noah' banned in several Middle Eastern Countries
06 Mar 2014, by The Hollywood Reporter