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It's not very often that a film like Darren Aronofsky's Noah floods in..
The name may suggest your typical film following the typical story of the flood and the ark but this retelling is something different, something a whole lot darker (and I'm not talking about the weather), something mounted on a massive scale.

The film would probably be regarded to as a biblical epic and it is definitely epic in every way thinkable as it is a work of remarkable ambition with the full arsenal of a big studio production backing it up that uses breathtaking visuals with some sweeping drama to bring out a filmmaker's creative passion.
Darren Aronofsky has battled the winds and sailed himself to glory with this one.
Darren wanted to be a little bit more ambitious with his projects and with a considerably larger budget than he is used to, the director got to work at hammering down on his ark of darkness.

Eyebrows were raised at his decision to tackle the immense story of Noah as it was something a little different for the director and it was also more of a challenge but Aronofsky handled this potent obstacle very well and now we can see the results, an intriguing blockbuster that makes even Christopher Nolan wet his pants.

Russell Crowe takes on the titular role, in a corrupt and wicked world, as a calm and assertive family man who is selected by God to save mankind and all animal species ahead of a forthcoming flood, to cleanse the earth, but when Ray Winstone's villainous Tubal-cain comes in Noah's way, in an attempt to stop his endeavors, we see the man's peace and serenity begin to collapse.

The film begins with an introduction to the story that is beautifully directed by Aronofsky. The opening sees Noah as a young boy, about to be given the serpent's skin of Eden's original serpent (passed down from generation to generation kind of thing) by his father, Lamech, but a young king, Tubal-cain, arrives and wants to turn the hill that they are standing on into a mine. Seeing Lamech, Tubal-cain kills him and takes the serpent's skin whilst Noah runs. We then go into the future where we see an older Noah with his wife (Jennifer Connolly) and 3 sons and the rest of the story fits in from there.
There is also a great action sequence towards the end which sees Noah engage in a brutal fight with Tubal-cain when the ark smashes into a mountain, sending Tubal-cain flying into a shattered wall, greatly injuring him.
He then rises and is about to finish off an similarly injured Noah when Logan Lerman's Ham stabs him viciously, killing him.

There isn't a great deal of action but when it comes, it is merciless and brutal and nicely done considering Aronofsky's filmography doesn't contain a whole lot of action.

The performances in this film are ace with Crowe's being the highlight as he is provided with one of his best role in years. He really embraces the role and does a magnificent job of bringing the film's (and the bible's) savior to life and his switching from kind and gentle to bloodthirsty and deadly is swift and perfect and honestly, he makes it seem too easy.
Winstone brought another top quality performance forward as the corrupt and devious king, Tubal-cain.
Let's not forget Watson, Connolly and Lerman too as they all bring riveting performances too, making their characters more than just a role and the A-list cast works nicely to bring this monumental project to life!

Noah is just obtuse of 2 hours and it's makes for some intense and diffciult viewing - a good challenge for it's 12A rating - but if you are able to get in gear with the utterly compelling film from the start then you are bound to enjoy it.

It is, undoubtedly, a memorable and striking cinematic that was made for the big screen, bursting with creativity and fine precision.
This shows that Aronofsky is capable of more than a sexy lesbian scene with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis and that he has the power to bring one hell of a storm.

Noah is inventive, dark, ambitious, intriguing, challenging and beautiful and it's a great first blockbuster from Aronofsky that is audacious in every way imaginable!
I look forward to seeing what Darren has in store to storm the world next.

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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