The film “Noah” is set to kick off on March 28, 2014 in U.S. theatres, amidst ban rumours. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky. Its cast members include Russell Crowe (Noah), Emma Watson (Ila), Jennifer Connelly (Naameh), Logan Lerman (Ham), Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah) and Douglas Booth (Shem).
Surely, most of us are familiar about the story of “Noah” and the great flood that struck the earth. Although the movie is biblical, Egyptian Islamists want the movie banned in Egypt, which will open there on March 26, 2014.
The said movie has reportedly angered Christian institutions because of Crowe’s eccentric portrayal of “Noah.” Moreover, even if Al-Azhar can censor movies and books in Egypt, it does not have the final say whether to ban the movie or let it be shown. The institute added that portraying “Noah” as a prophet violates Islam.
“Such productions contradict the higher stature of prophets and messengers, and affect the constants of Islamic law,” said Al-Azhar’s Highest Scholars Committee in a Los Angeles Times report. They added that the movie provokes believers’ emotions.
Even if “Noah” is set to kick off on March 28, 2014 in U.S. theatres, amidst ban rumours, it is somehow trapped as of the moment in a religious controversy. However, 98% of moviegoers still want to watch this movie, according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
According to the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), Paramount Pictures will release a disclaimer to pacify critics. It will go something like this:
“The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis,” read Paramount Pictures’ disclaimer which is stated in the NRB Web site.
Paramount Pictures also said that “future marketing materials, including a soon-to-be released online trailer, the film’s official website, and 100% of print and radio, as well as a percentage of the film’s online and broadcast,” will contain the aforementioned message.
On a brighter side, Crowe described his character, Noah, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. He described Noah as being not so kind or benevolent. He even shared a line from the script to state his point. In that scene, Noah’s son said to him “I thought you were chosen because you were good?” Then Noah answered, “I was chosen because I can get the job done, mate.”
“Noah” is set to kick off on March 28, 2014 in U.S. theatres, amidst ban rumours. Watch the film when it opens in various theatres worldwide and find out for yourself if Academy Award winner Russell Crowe nailed it as “Noah” and whether or not the film should be banned. For more buzz about movies, celebrities and TV programs, stay tuned at Movie News Guide (MNG).