14A, 138 minutes
Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
Director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky has delivered a bold, visually stunning, emotionally involving and sometimes just plain loony interpretation of the legendary tale from the Book of Genesis of the man and the ark and the two-of-every-kind animals and the 40 days and nights of rain. This is a biblical epic with an apocalyptic look, filled with thunderous special effects and amazing sets. “Noah” looks as pricey and ambitious as a “Lord of the Rings” movie and sometimes plays like the Old Testament as filtered through a “Braveheart” lens.
In a ferocious, razor-sharp performance — one of his best in years — Russell Crowe gives us a God-loving, God-obeying, hard-core, knife-wielding, fireball-hurling, stick-fighting, villain-stomping, sometimes tormented Noah who literally looks to the skies for answers.
This is a “Noah” for the 21st century, one of the most dazzling and unforgettable biblical epics ever put on film.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times